Seek these unique restaurants on your next trip!
Tagaytay… our favourite road trip destination! Fresh cool air and an abundance of greenery just a few hours away from the city, it’s no wonder why we continue to flock towards Tagaytay. Apart from the significantly cooler air, the city is filled with unique eats and backdrops that we can’t quite experience here in Manila.
Good food accompanied by great views and fresh countryside air, we’ve rounded up a handful of unique restaurants you should include in your itinerary for your next trip to Tagaytay. Check them out below!
Tsokolateria – The Boutique Bed & Breakfast
From the Happy Concept restaurant group, Tsokolateria is an enchanting place for chocolate lovers! They serve chocolate-infused dishes such as pasta, risotto, desserts, and of course, tsokolate ah!
What makes them unique? Expect more than chocolate infused desserts here in Tsokolateria as even their main dishes incorporates this delicious ingredient, it’s definitely an unexpected but pleasant twist! They also source their cacao locally from places as far as Davao, Cotabato, and Baguio.
Sonya’s Garden – Barangay Buck Estate
Sonya Garcia’s Garden is a tucked away bed and breakfast, a wellness spa, a country store, a panaderia, a cottage restaurant and a well-kept secret garden. Most of their dishes have edible flowers and they say that if you’re feeling adventurous, you can pick and eat the flowers right off their garden!
What makes them unique? They honestly had us at fresh edible flowers.
Balay Dako – Nasugbu Tagaytay Road
From the well-known and much loved Antonio’s Group of Restaurants comes Balay Dako, when translated from Negrense, means “Big House”. The concept is built around the Filipino’s fondness for family gatherings and the abundance of food; they serve Filipino dishes inspired by the country’s rich culture and heritage.
What makes them unique? Aside from the wide selection of classic Filipino comfort food, Balay Dako’s setting is a must-visit. It’s reminiscent of old ancestral homes that many of us link with childhood and family.
Insider tip: They have a first come, first served policy so best to plan accordingly and expect long queues.
Pamana – Nasugbu Highway
Pamana is a homegrown and classic Filipino restaurant which opened in Tagaytay in 2009. Aside from its dishes, the place became popular for its homey interiors and photo-filled walls. Three years later, the group opened their second branch in Boracay and then 2 years later, a 3rd branch in Legaspi Village, Makati. Most of the dishes are preserved and updated heirloom recipes from owner Happy Ongpauco-Tiu’s family.
What makes them unique? Pamana’s menu is filled with Filipino recipes that have been passed down from generations of owner, Happy Ongpauco-Tiu’s family and the family of her closest friends hence in the name, Pamana.
The Teahouse at QiWellness – Aguinaldo Highway
Qiwellness Living is an Asian fusion tea house, a bathhouse and spa destination. It’s inspired by centuries-old architecture, cuisine, and healing practices of China, combined with modern design, culinary techniques, and advances in wellness.
What makes them unique? You get to enjoy a spa day amidst a breathtaking backdrop with a delicious degustation menu.
Insider tip: If you're planning to order the degustation menu, it usually changes with the season and requires an advanced reservation of 48 hours.
Taza Fresh Table – Taal Vista Hotel
“Taza” comes from the Arabic word, “Taaza” which means fresh. The restaurant mainly focuses on bringing fresh and locally sourced ingredients for their international cuisine.
What makes them unique? They prioritise on single-origin, sustainable, and organic ingredients with every dish.
The Purple Owl – Gardenia Loop
The Purple Owl is truly one of Tagaytay’s best kept secrets; it’s an events place and a restaurant in one. The Purple Owl is every couple’s dining, anniversary, and wedding destination; it’s also a beautiful and intimate place for friends and families to celebrate birthdays, gather for a picnic or a casual outdoor movie night.
What makes them unique? You can expect a custom-tailor fitted experience when you book with them, they have different packages for you to choose from, menus, and everything else to make your special day perfect and of course, memorable.
Antonio’s Restaurant – Aguinaldo Highway
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.
What makes them unique? Antonio’s offers a sit-down set meal that’ll make your trip definitely worth while. A meal will last almost three hours of good food, great laughs, and an intimate setting.
The Original Hawaiian Bar-B-Que – Aguinaldo Highway
Hawaiian cuisine is a fusion of influences from Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Koreans, Polynesians, Portuguese, and native Hawaiians. Only here will you get a mixture of cultures that will satisfy any hungry human bean.
What makes them unique? They’re best known for their ribs but their Hawaiian-inspired menu is definitely a must-try (and must-see as they have a cute and quirky way of serving their dishes)!
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Cover image from Balay Dako