“O” and I have been thinking about what we’ve been up to for the last decade… So back in 2007, we were trying to get pregnant and expand our family of 3, which happened during that summer and 9 months later, “L” was born. Oh how our lives would have been so dull without “L”.😄
Also for the past decade, we’ve done nothing but explore our love for food and that one of the things that make us who we are is that we know food and we know how to eat.😁
For the past decade, we’ve discovered some of the best and worst kinds of food, beverage, restaurants, customers, wait staff, chefs and wannabe chefs, and wow, it’s been a helluva ride!😁 Must make a mental note to make a blog post about that soon.😁
Anyway, let’s get on with the food in Decades: Fusion Cuisine and After-Hours Joint now shall we?😜
Outlook Drive is one of my favourite places in the city (it’s where I learned how to drive, but that’s another tale for my other blog😁) because it’s one of the only few remaining roads in Baguio City where heavy traffic does not exist.
So when Lemon & Olives Greek Taverna opened there, we thought it would be just a matter of time before another restaurant opened in the area and true enough, months later, another old Outlook Drive house was turned into a restaurant.
Decades Fusion Cuisine and After-Hours Joint. Very apt for a house that probably stood there literally for decades. I remember driving on this road a million times before and looking at all the old houses and thinking how insanely amazing the inside of those houses probably were.
So when “O” found out about Decades, we’ve been on the look out for when it will open its doors to the public, it felt like it took forever, but finally, it was ready for its Soft Opening.
I give the ambiance an “A”+++ rating!👍 Gosh, seriously.👊 Decades is the perfect place for a romantic date, a merienda date, lunch or dinner date and it’s perfect for couples, a group of friends and families.
I love that they have sections that are semi-private, meaning there’s enough privacy for people to actually converse without worrying about people listening in, but it’s open enough that kinky people won’t think about doing the nasty when the wait staff isn’t looking.😂
So, the place is perfect, now what about the food?
Food is good and affordable!🙌
I had the Beef Shank Steak which came with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes and rice. For 210Php, I wasn’t expecting the beef shank to be that big. Like seriously, check it out on the photo below. It was huge!👊
And although it already came with mashed potatoes, it also had rice on the side, good news for rice-lovers like “O”, as it saves them money from ordering extra rice.🍚 I’m good with the mashed potatoes so of course he had the rice that came with my beef shank steak.
“O” ordered the Crispy Pork Belly with green mango gravy, veggies and rice. For 190Php, now that’s affordable!😲 It’s enough for 2 people with a normal appetite, so it can be good for sharing, I think it was intended for sharing, because that is a lot of pork belly, I think it’s enough for a person with a hearty appetite. That beef was oh so soft and oh so perfectly seasoned.😋 The gravy and mashed potatoes? Aarrgghh! So good, it complimented the beef shank perfectly!😋
The kids don’t usually order the same thing but because “L” tends to want what “C” orders and forces her to switch mid-dining, can you imagine how annoying that is for “C”, but that’s what big sisters do, so to avoid that from happening this time around, they ordered the same thing.😁
Can someone please tell me what type of beans those are?😕
It’s not Baguio Beans, although they look similar, it’s a bit smaller than Baguio Beans and tastes sweeter too. I’ve been seeing a lot of it as a side dish in different restaurants and it seems to have taken the place of Baguio Beans, so if you know, please tell me in the comments below, I’ll give you a special shout out on my next post!😁
The Glazed Ribs. It’s Baby Back Ribs with a glaze, rice and a side of salad. You have a choice between the Strawberry glazed ribs or Barbecue glazed ribs, unfortunately on our visit, the barbecue glaze was unavailable😞, so Strawberry glaze it is.🙎
The baby back ribs was fall-off-the-bone soft, so good job! The strawberry glaze was good too, it was sweet with just the right hint of tanginess. The salad could use some work though, although the veggies were all fresh and crisp and the crisp apple offered a welcome sweet and fresh taste, the vinaigrette was too sour, and the strawberries were sour too.
I think if the vinaigrette was a little more balanced, meaning it was tangy but not sour with a hint of sweetness, so a touch more of honey, then it would have made the sourness of the strawberries a welcome treat and a party in the tastebuds would have gone down. But the ribs were great!🙆👍
Decades, since you’re still on your Soft-Opening phase, I’ll accept the excuse that you ran out of barbecue glaze, but next time, if you don’t have it, make sure to have your wait staff inform the customers as they are being seated so they know not to even consider it.🙅 Or take it out of the menu if you don’t think you can restock on the barbecue glaze that you use.🙅
The ribs were huge too, it was unbelievable that this dish only cost 199Php. It was a huuge ass serving!😲 The picture doesn’t really show how huge it is, but it is, the plate is big that’s why it looked small in the picture. Definitely can be shared, but I doubt you’d want to because it’s really good. Almost as good as Canto’s.😌 Oh how I miss Lomo Ribs from Canto.😭
Anyway, if you can’t get a seat at Canto in Ketchup Community (Canto in Arellano closed!😭) as they are ALWAYS full, Decades’ Glazed Ribs are as close as you’re going to get to enjoying Canto’s Lomo Ribs.
The meals come with free soup, perfect for the gloomy and cold weather we’ve been having recently.😋
For refreshments, they serve water in a classy looking glass pitcher with matching classy looking glasses but they have other cold and hot beverages you can order. We had the Lemon Basil Slush, Kiwi Strawberry Lush and Watermelon Fizz.🍹
For dessert, we had the Glutinous Rice Balls, 80Php, it was glutinous rice stuffed with purple yam with desiccated coconut, butter and Muscovado sugar. It was basically fancy puto bumbong😁, but it was still good, definitely going here for when I feel like having puto bumbong even if it’s not the Christmas season, which is when puto bumbongs are popular, hopefully, they serve it all year round.
We originally wanted the Sticky Rice Balls with Ripe Mango but it wasn’t available😞, again, forgivable since they are only on their Soft-opening phase.
The Lemon Basil Slush, 60Php, was surprisingly refreshing, if you’re wondering if pesto can ever taste refreshing, definitely must try this. The Strawberry Kiwi, 80Php, was a welcome treat, love the combination and of course the Watermelon Fizz, 80Php, was a delight, because I love watermelon, it’s refreshing and it feels like it cleans the palate after every sip so flavours of the food are more intense after every sip.😋
Decades: Fusion Cuisine and After-Hours Joint is truly worth checking out, just drive along Outlook Drive and you won’t miss it.😉 “O” and I will definitely go back to check out the after-hours joint.