After an hour and a half of satisfying our eyes with colorful murals and sculptures, our stomachs started to rumble. Both famished and tired, my friends and I decided to eat at the museum’s sole restaurant located at the ground floor called “Café Sabel”.
We walked downstairs in the center of the museum going to the café and you will see the signage of Café Sabel printed on a glass.
The café overlooks the museum’s green garden with forests and mountains in the background. With natural ventilation, the atmosphere is cool and comforting perfect to chill out after a tiring day. The air coming from the mountains is fresh which adds up a relaxing ambiance. The interior is embellished with different hues mixed with indigenous Cordillera designs and this is the perfect place to indulge both with nature and good food.
The café also offers a number of good choices. Most of the ingredients in their menu are found in their organic farm, harvested daily for better quality. Since the ingredients are organic, expect their meals will be both nutritious and palatable.
I tried BenCab’s Chicken Paprika for PHP 250 (USD 5.00), the pasta is al dente and the flavors are exploding in my mouth. The spices and herbs used are of high quality and the taste is truly supreme. This is one of their bestsellers according to one of their staffs and I paired this delicious meal with a cup of hot chocolate. Their chocolate is not the usual kind of instant drink. Instead, it came from real chocolate, bitter and earthy, with an option to add some brown sugar to adjust the sweetness level according to your preferences.
Since they have their own organic farm, we also tried their Farm Fresh Green Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette for PHP 150 (USD 3.00). Strawberries are a local commodity in Benguet and pouring strawberry vinaigrette over their fresh green salad adds up a unique twist on it.
Nature and Good Food
We enjoyed our stay in Café Sabel. While we were savoring our meals, our eyes were also delighted because of the beautiful scenery with relaxing sounds of pouring water in the nearby river. The singing birds and the cool mountain winds brushing off our skin provided inner peace into our senses.
There’s also a duck pond in the middle of the garden with an islet wherein an Ifugao hut is placed. The theme is consistent in preserving the culture and heritage of the Cordilleras. Although, there are sections in the garden restricted to visitors – like the path going to the nearby river. Nevertheless, the experience is still grand and enjoyable.
If you planned to visit Baguio City, include BenCab Museum on your itinerary and indulge with good food and nature in Café Sabel.
Address: Ground Level, BenCab Museum, Km 6, Asin Road, Tuba, Benguet, Philippines
Café Hours: Open Tuesdays to Sundays 9AM to 6PM (Last Order at 5PM)
Close – Mondays, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day
Contact: (+6374) 442 7165
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