EAT-tinerary: The Best Dining Places in Tagaytay
There are hundreds to thousands of restaurants in Tagaytay. In Solenad 1 and 2 alone in Nuvali, travellers are endowed with a wide range of choices. And outside Nuvali is a gastronomic feast. Below are some of the best restaurants in the city.
Bag of Beans
115 Aguinaldo Highway, Mendez Crossing West, Tagaytay City
Bag of Beans offers guests with an al fresco garden dining experience that suits Tagaytay’s ambience. A rustic place as it is, the restaurant serves coffee and English pies and desserts. It is most known for its shepherd’s pie (₱130 single, ₱530 whole). Bag of Beans offers buffet.
58 Gen. Aguinaldo Highway, Maharlika West, Tagaytay City
Winner of the Kalakbay Award for Restaurant of the Year, Josephine’s specializes in Filipino cuisine. While it is popular for its breakfast and lunch buffets, the restaurant is frequented by travelers because of its classic bulalo (₱425, good for 4 to 6 persons). It offers a breathtaking view of the Taal Volcano.
Tower Ground Bulalohan
Tagaytay City is a home to numerous bulalo stops such as the Tower Ground Bulalohan. The carinderia offers an al fresco dining experience where diners can view the Taal Lake. Bulalo is served on an earthen pot that keeps it hot longer than expected. A pot costs ₱400, good for 3 to 4 persons. It also offers grilled and sizzling choices.
Tootsie’s Home-Cooked Specialties
J. Abad Santos cor. Aguinaldo Highway
Tootsie’s serves home-cooked Filipino dishes, but these dishes are not your ordinary ones – these are heirloom recipes. The ambience inside the restaurant is also reminiscent of family gatherings. While there, don’t forget to order Pancit Molo Valentino (₱395), Lumpia Ubod Petit (₱175), Lengua (₱495), Turon Halo-Halo (₱125) and Ube Palitaw (₱98).
Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite, Philippines
Sonya’s Garden is a bed and breakfast which also has its restaurant and panaderia. From its name, its backyard is mostly made up of gardens where produce are used as ingredients in preparing the menu (yes, all organic). It offers an eat-all-you-can sit-down meal for ₱683 per person.
Marcia Adams’ Restaurant
J.P. Rizal St., Brgy. Sikat, 4123 Alfonso, Cavite
A stoned walled restaurant, Marcia Adams’ Restaurant boasts of its rustic elegance and lush greenery. It offers a Mediterranean menu for ₱700 consumable that includes an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. Complimentary bread are served to the guests as well. Marcia Adams’ is a Tuscan-inspired restaurant.
Purok 138, Barangay Neogan, Tagaytay City
Antonio’s is one of the well-known garden restaurants not just in Tagaytay, but in the Philippines. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, it is a strictly reservation-only and smart-casual dining place. One of the best-sellers is Antonio’s Trio (₱2,200) which include beef fillet with seared foie gras, grilled beef fillet with crepes and honey-glazed lamb loin with goat cheese.
Another Filipino restaurant that reminds diners of their own ancestral homes is Pamana Restaurant. Pamana Restaurant serves The Best Kare-Kare (Barrio Fiesta’s Legacy – ₱398, Served Original Way with Seafoods – ₱435 and All Veggies – ₱295). The restaurant has a full-packed menu from starters to soups to native salads and greens to rice and noodles.
Emilio Aguinaldo Highway Silang West, Tagaytay City
Leslie’s is a native restaurant with interiors mostly made from wood. It even have hanging cottages where you can eat while marveling at the picturesque view of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake for additional ₱600. The best-seller is its bulalo (₱599) and Sugpo sa Aligue (₱449). Turon de Leslie (₱199) is also a must-try.
There you have it! If ever you will visit Nuvali, don’t forget to try dining at the restaurants at Solenad 1 and 2. When outside Nuvali though, it is a must to eat at any of these dining places. You will never regret that you did.
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