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10. Aozora – Calamba
Aozora, meaning blue sky, is a Japanese restaurant serving authentic Japanese dishes crafted by Chef Seiji Kamura. It is located on top of the Domicillo Design Hotel, offering a beautiful view of Taal Lake and Tagaytay’s clear blue skies in the afternoon. It’s for people who are deeply in love with Japanese food. It’s not for people who are looking for a European dining experience. We recommend the Grilled Tuna Sashimi, Shoyu Ramen, Grilled Salmon Head, Crispy Kani Maki and Wagyu Beef Yakiniku. Our insider tip: Aozora’s bulalo ramen will make your next “putok batok” experience worth it.
9. Concha’s Garden Cafe – Silang
Concha’s Garden Cafe is a cozy, Spanish-Filipino style restaurant located in a quaint garden. The place offers a relaxing experience thanks to their home-inspired dishes passed from generation to generation, reflected in how the owner, Gemma, aptly named the restaurant after her grandmother, her culinary mentor. It’s for families and amigas looking for a hearty breakfast by the gardens without sacrificing the feel of home. It’s not for diners who can’t stand spaces that could easily feel crowded or tight. We recommend Bagoong Rice, Concha’s Old Fashioned Ensaymada, and Concha’s Spicy Beef Adobo Ribs. Our insider tip is to check out their nipa huts and wooden swing by the garden for a more unique, al fresco breakfast experience.
8. Bag of Beans – Aguinaldo Highway
Last month’s #7
Bag of Beans is a big, rustic and cozy cafe and restaurant in Tagaytay with various places to hang out, either indoor, at a gazebo, or by the fireplace. They serve American-Asian fusion dishes specializing in homemade savory pies, breads and proudly local coffee. It’s for groups who want to hangout and enjoy the cool Tagaytay breeze. It’s not for people who want close attention from the servers. We recommend the Shepherd’s Pie, Blueberry Cheesecake and house blend coffee. Our insider tip is Bag of Beans has a second branch at the rotunda and a third branch at the new Twin Lakes Tagaytay, where you can enjoy dining with a view.
7. Cafe Voi La – Iruhin Crosswinds
Last month’s #3
Cafe Voi La is an Asian-inspired getaway conceptualized by owner, Ica Sebastian. The place is adorned with Asian art and ornaments, oriental displays, and furniture collected from Ica’s many travels around the world. This lovely cafe is vibrant and picture-perfect in all angles. It’s for people who enjoy food and art at the same time. It’s not for people who are looking for a quick to-go meal. We recommend the Garlic Beef Tapa, Chicken Satay, Homemade Chicken Pork Adobo, Massaman Back Ribs and Black Sticky Rice with Mango. Our insider tip is to bring your camera with you to capture this beautiful and Instagram-worthy cafe.
Reservations are accepted
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Iruhin Crosswinds, Tagaytay
6. Marcia Adams – Alfonso
Marcia Adams’ is a tucked away Tuscany-inspired garden restaurant that serves Mediterranean dishes prepared by owner Marcia. It’s for a romantic getaway. It’s not for people who don’t like European infused dishes. We recommend the Grilled Aromatic Pork, Classic Shish Kebabs and Banana Split. Our insider tip is reserve the sunset lounge for a majestic Tagaytay sunset view. P.S. Bring insect repellant.
Reservations are required
JP Rizal St., Bgy. Sikat, Alfonso, Cavite, Tagaytay
5. Charito by Bag of Beans – Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway
Last month’s #9
Charito is the secret spin-off sister of Bag of Beans. Named after its owner, Charito Antiquera, it is an upscale version of its predecessors. Bag of Beans specialties are still served, but Charito offers select European dishes. It’s for slow relaxed weekends. It’s not for people looking for a quick bite. The food, view and ambiance is meant to be enjoyed for longer hours. We recommend their bestselling Roast Beef, Baby Back Ribs, Grilled Pork Chops and Grilled Salmon. Our insider tip is get a spot at the al fresco area, with an overlooking view of Tagaytay.
Reservations are accepted
Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Tagaytay
4. Antonio’s – Aguinaldo Highway
Last month’s #2
Antonio’s is Tagaytay’s most celebrated fine-dining food destination that features the best of international cuisine from top chef Tony Boy Escalante. Its impeccable food, elegant interiors, scenic gardens and great service are what make them exemplary. It’s for special family celebrations, anniversary dinners and grand weddings. It’s not for people looking for affordable meals. We recommend the Antonio’s House Salad, Pommery Rubbed Roasted Rack of Lamb, Beef Plancha, Roasted Duck Breast in a Mixed Berry Red Wine Jus and Lechon de Leche. Our insider tip is they are closed on Mondays and do not accept walk-ins.
3. Terraza of Balay Dako – Aguinaldo Highway
Last month’s #4
Balay Dako, meaning ‘big house’, is the newest addition to the Antonio’s group of restaurants that serves proudly Filipino food. It is a 3-storey converted restaurant where each floor features a specific section. (1) Comedor, the main dining area on the 2nd floor, (2) Silong, a private event area on the 1st floor and (3) Terraza, a semi-open bar on the top floor. Terraza of Balay Dako stands on its own with their signature cocktails and their mouthwatering tapas, pizzas and grilled items amidst breathtaking views of Taal Lake. It’s for beautiful brunch meals and nights out with family or friends. It’s not for people who want a more intimate and romantic dining experience. We recommend the Kilaw Sugba, Inasal and Pinakbet Rice with Lechon Kawali. Our insider tip is Terraza also serves single ‘meals for one’.
2. Breakfast at Antonio’s – Aguinaldo Highway
Last month’s #1
Chef Tony Boy Escalante, out of his love for breakfasts, created a spin-off of Antonio’s–Breakfast at Antonio’s. It serves all-day breakfast in a classic and elegant but casual Antonio home-style dining setup. The architecture and interiors of the place very well-adapted to its location, creating a space with an unobstructed view of Taal Lake and to catch the refreshing Tagaytay breeze. It’s for families or couples looking for breakfast or brunch with a view. It’s not for people who don’t want to queue as they don’t accept bookings. We recommend the Chorizo Bilbao with Mushrooms Omelette, Daing na Gindara, Fresh Corned Beef and their Hot Chocolate. Our insider tip is you might want to take out some of their baked goodies and jams from their in-house bakery.
1. Comedor of Balay Dako – Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway
Last month’s #8
Balay Dako offers traditional and flavorful Filipino dishes with the signature touch of Chef Tony Boy Escalante. Balay Dako, which is Negrense for ‘big house’, is set in a 3-storey house in Tagaytay where each floor features a specific section of the restaurant–Terrazas, a semi-open bar on the top floor; Comedor, the main dining area on the 2nd floor; and Silong, the private event area of the restaurant on the ground. It’s for occasional and affordable dates with your partner or weekend family lunch/dinner trips. It’s not for people who are regular patrons of Antonio’s fine dining. We recommend the Bulalo na Baka, Sizzling Bulalo na Baka, Inasal na Pecho and Crispy Tadyang. Our insider tip is they serve awesome breakfast buffets.
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