Attached are photographs of some of the food which I ate at Leslie's Restaurant. Among them is a dish with buffalo meat and soup (delicious), steamed fish, mixed vegetables etc. Essentially, food in the Philippines are not so spicy as compared to neighbouring countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia. I had an enjoyable meal at Leslie's with my driver and my guide :)
I decided to add a tip in this category about Sonya's Garden as the food is another story. There's no need to waste minutes poring over the menu and wasting a few more deciding what to try. You'll be served an excellent 3-course meal: Fresh salad (I assume the greens are from the garden), a tasty pasta course and a native dessert of sweet bananas.
Don't forget to call for reservations!!!
Favorite Dish: The pasta is to die for!
There is a fixed menu with ingredients fresh from the gardens that serenade you with colors and scents. The menu consists of salad (second helpings are given), bread and spreads, pasta with at least 5 choices of sauces, dessert and fresh tarragon tea.
Reservations are a must. And bring a healthy appetite!
Best pasta and pizza in Tagaytay, hand down. I personally like the pizza the most, I had a margherita with two types of cheese, fresh tomato and fresh basil leaves. Everything they make is really fresh. My wife had some shrimp ravioli that the server said they make from scratch there, it was really good. Bread is good too.
Favorite Dish: Margherita Pizza - it tastes fresh, not too cheesy, not greasy, not paper-thing but medium thin and crisp around the outsides... my kind of pizza.
this is worth narrating about! since it's way over lunchtime already and we haven't eaten due to heavy traffic on the way to highlands, we stopped by a restaurant along the road. we only ordered rice & bulalo (which is reasonably priced at P400+ because it's good for 3-4 pax) and boy, it's delicious! it's that delicious i forgot the name of the resto! i asked my husband to recall the name of the resto so that i can at least promote it through this but he forgot it too! what we can both remember is it's like the last restaurant on the left side going to tagaytay highlands. servers wear white polo tops & black slacks and they were very service oriented. food was not only good but the place is also clean and well maintained. i'll post the name the minute i remember it! this is embarassing....
Favorite Dish: bulalo!
The facade of Manos is painted in skyblue....you won't miss it. The menu here is concocted by none other than the owner himself Mano. His dishes are authentic and delicious. In fact, you see a lot of Greeks eating here until it also became popular to Filipinos too.
Favorite Dish: I specifically suggest you try Tzatziki, Mano prepares his own yogurt and really does taste "fresh". The other dish I am fond of is the Saganaki - I like flavor and it has a unique way of leaving a memory in your taste buds.
I was with a group of friends vacationing in Tagaytay recently. One of them brought us to a relatively unknown restaurant that specializes in Vietnamese cuisine. It was not your ordinary restaurant in a sense that it's location is outside that of the "restaurant belt" of Tagaytay. You have to really look for it, and when you get to their location, you would not think that you've already reached the restaurant itself. It is non-assuming and has a very small signage with "Bawai's" simply written on it. It is actually the retirement house of a Vietnamese couple who has been in the Philippines for 30 years now.
We were told by the owners that it was never really meant to be a restaurant. Their children used to invite their friend to sample the dishes their mother cooked. The Vietnamese cuisine appealed so much to their children's friends that the weekened eating sprees eventually evolved into a simple and homey restaurant.
Bawai's offer excellent Vietnamese food. It is prepared well and you'd really love not only the taste but the love and care that goes with its preparation and serving. The owner herself cooks the food with the help of another companion (who is also Vietnamese). You'll be received in the house-turned-restaurant like a friend. There are only around 20 seats available as the restaurant only serves clients who have made reservations prior to their coming (at least 2 days).
The restaurant is open only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner. Look for bawai - it's not the name of the owner. but a term used by the vietnamese to call their grandmother. She's truly a gracious lady!
Favorite Dish: Sample their "Pho bo", rice noodles and thinly sliced beef cooked in hot beef broth topped with cilantro, spring onions and scallion. It's a meal in itself. Really great!
One should not also miss their "Cha gio" (crispy pork spring rolls served with fresh veggies and a very different fish sauce) and "Goi Cuon" (Vietnamese fresh lumpia - fresh noodles, shrimp, pork and veggies wrapped in Vietnamese rice paper served with a special fish sauce).
Don't forget to ask for their signature house tea. It smells and tastes great!
Favorite Dish: We ordered hearty servings each of grilled liempo, fried tawilis, chopsuey and goto for lolo. Good-tasting all for only P750 total, including rice and 1.5L Coke, satisfying the stomach of four adults.
Antonio's Tagaytay is a fine dining restaurant, hence reservation is a must.
We ordered their famous suckling pig, which is stuffed with herbs, fennel and potato. It is served with sauerkraut, home made apple sauce, horseradish cream and german mustard. It's actually a set menu that also comes with choice of soup, salad, dessert and coffee or tea for 10 people. It costs P10,000.00 or P1,000.00/head. Though I think this is enough, the guys were not satisfied and they had to order Angus steak, which cost P3,600.00 a slice! They said it was good but I didn't really try it because I only take well done.
The place has a very romantic setting: there are more yellow light bulbs than the white fluorescent ones; there is a small garden too, lots of shrubs and trees; the restroom is quite big and the huge capiz windows are left unclosed (which made some of my colleagues feel creepy). Overall, I think this is a great place for an evening garden wedding :)
Favorite Dish: The suckling pig is good, though a bit salty for my taste. Nevertheless, it's crunchy and I like it. I had two servings! :) I also love the apple sauce (with real apple slices) that came with it.
I love the chocolate souffle and the flourless chocolate cake that we had for desserts! :)
My boyfriend and I are crazy fanatics of this restaurant. We have become friends with the staff and have never been disappointed each time we visit the place.
It's special because the moment you enter, the whole staff lights up and they are all interested in the customers. Many restaurants can offer great food, but it's not everyday you are welcomed by a cheerful group of staff.
Favorite Dish: The Vegetable Samosa, Mutton Biryani, Chicken Curry and Kulfi are our absolute favorites! I am literally salivating just thinking about them. =P
Once upon a time, in the not-so-distant past [the late ’70s actually], back when this archipelago weren’t as dominated by jolly bees or red-haired clowns, there was one burger chain that stood out from the rest for being, well, deliciously unique. No doubt, Mushroom Burger created such a splash when it came out that not a few boldly predicted that it would actually put us in the world map of burgers.
Mushroom Burger was cocnceptualized and founded by enterprenuer Alberto Dy in 1978 in Tagaytay City while selling freh mushroom at his farm where he heard a comment from a swiss tourist that mushrooms cost more than beef in their country hence he sparked on an idea to mix it together and form a hamburger.
Mushroom Burger isn’t exactly a “chain” as it has only two branches [one in picturesque Tagaytay and another on West Avenue in Quezon City. But the deficiency in numbers proved more of a boon than a bane since it is one of the famous things to do here in Tagaytay City!
Favorite Dish: It was like their burgers: delicious as very distinctive and the cheapest mushroom burger is 30 pesos only and the 2 layer patty (like a Big Mac) at 79 pesos. The spaghetti with mushroom is priced at 55 pesos. A Purely Mushroom Burger with creamy mayonanaise costs 52 pesos a bun. The
Hong Kong Rice was another winner wherein you have 2 mushroom inspired toppings with steamed rice and egg drop soup at 80 pesos.
Lounge in this restaurant all day long, all night long without having the feeling of being driven away like an unwanted overstaying guest. They will let you use the wi-fi absolutely free. Just make sure your laptop battery is fully charged because once you plug in one of their convenience outlets they will charge you a minimal amount. Suggestion: just at least order some of their desserts/appetizers like Samosas, Roti Channai, Shahi Paneer, Kulfi (Indian ice cream) or Gulabjamun "while you while" away the time surfing the net. This is to make your waiter attentive for whatever small requests you may want. You can arrive there even three in the morning and you can still order any of the items in their menu. Truly a full 24-hours restaurant. I visited one time with a couple celebrating their anniversary and a group with someone celebrating a birthday- the restaurant gave away an indian dessert and special indian drinks for each table-nice gimmick huh. One of the best places if not the only one in Metro-Tagaytay with the best lounge sofas. The interiors is very much okay though we've been to this restaurant numerous times already and it seems they are continually expanding, detailing the place without end so expect a few scaffolding view in the lower part of the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: You should order their Biryanis, Masalas, Curry and Tikka, taste it for yourselves. The best!!!
They also offer Hookah/Sishah for those who want to have some fun smoking. The flavors are very nice. Try choosing Apple or Blueberry flavor.
If you order Shawarma, be prepared that this is Indian Shawarma though not that far from the taste of your regular Shawarma but bear in mind this is not Persian Shawarma.
If you want some night time fun, best time to visit during weekend is Saturday, they have live acoustic band starting 9pm until probably 130am while you do your vices like drinking your beer lite and smoking Hookah. If you're just there for the wifi, try visiting during weekdays or early Sunday morning. Good view of the lake and volcano and you can also see Splendido Taal Golf and Country Club, Canyon Woods and even the far away castle of Fantasy World that is assuming there are no fog when you visit.
They also have a semi-operational hotel accomodation and spa services. If you're a first timer, try initially their foot reflex: 45mins-1hr for 500, it will be worth it.
The food is excelent, authentic indian. We love their bestseller: mutton biryani, rogan josh and mutton masala. Location is majestic as it has the view of the mountain ridges/ranges, golf courses on the right and the Taal lake and volcano on the left side-unlike other Tagaytay restaurants which only have one side view.
It's nearer to Batangas beaches than the rest of the other restaurants. Though haven't tried it, they also have complete spa and hotel rooms. downstairs.
Try this establishment, it's worth the trip.
Favorite Dish: If you have a big appetite, order the mutton biryani which is already good for two and also their chicken curry. But this is a very important reminder or tip: order a starter or appetizer like vegetable or chicken samosa while you wait since they prepare their food fresh and cook thier special basmati rice for a minimum of 30-minutes. Before i forget, order their bestseller bread-ROTI CHANAI. I will attest to this specially if you love indian cuisine/delicacies this is one best part of this restaurant. You can smell the aroma as it is being delivered to your table.
If you'll originate from Manila, it is about 700 meter after Tagaytay Zoo (half-way point). From Nasugbu, its around 3km after Splendido
Just having our regular Tagaytay weekend trip & trying to reach farther than we used to go, we tried to reach Splendido further down south when we chanced upon this newly opened indian restaurant called Andanita TAJ of Tagaytay. When we stopped by we were greeted by a very groovy indian music & their welcoming staff said, "Namaste!". Probably a 'welcome' in India. The moment we stepped in inside the restaurant, I instantly craved for food as we smelled the curry and masala sauce-very,very stimulating. Nootime, we ordered right away Rose Milk, Rose Sharbat and Sweet Lassi! Very refreshing. We ordered the bestseller of the house: Roti Chanai, Mutton Biryani, Rogan Josh, Shahi Paneer, and Chicken Curry. Needless to say we were so full after munching all of it as indian foods are heavy and filling. But we were tempted by the dessert: Gulabjamun & Kulfi (Indian ice cream) so everybody ordered one. The waiter was persuading us to order Gajar Halwa, it is some kind of indian carrot pudding but when the rest of the group heard Carrot as dessert-nobody ordered it except me. But i let everybody tasted some & were quite surprised that they never expected it to be good tasting. By the way it has fresh milk that you pour into it before having a bite. A fellow caucasian customer overheard us & said that if you want to know the authenticity of an indian restaurant, they should have a very good tasting Gajar Halwa. And so-there's the verdict!
By the way, the same waiter who persuaded me to buy the Gajar Halwa was so friendly & talked about the establishment & said TAJ has hotel rooms also downstairs with indian-mediterranean motifs. He was so detailed even as to the names of the rooms. Their presidential room is called 'The Maharashtra Suite' -a huge 75sqm indian themed room. They also have a spa called Green Mountain Spa. I tried their Philippine Hilot & tell you it was one of the best. The view also is fantastic.
Food alone, this establishment is already highly recommendable. Try also their rooms & spa.
Favorite Dish: Mutton Biryani, Mutton Masala, Roti Chanai
Like every resto along the ridge, the Yellow Cab Pizza Co. has its share of the sought-after view of the fantastic Taal Volcano and Lake. Dining table options include aircon tables on the second floor of the small yellow building and the ground/ yard tables overlooking Taal Volcano and Lake.