MANILA, Philippines – A two-hour drive away from Manila, Tagaytay is a favorite for many wanting cooler weather, a change of scenery, and an out of town food trip. (READ: Tagaytay road trip? 5 must-try destination restaurants)
Among the many restaurant destinations at the tourist spot are the Antonio’s group of restaurants – 4 restaurants owned by chef Antonio Escalante serving up quality home-cooked food.
The famed Antonio’s made it to the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015. On August 18, we tagged along on a food crawl to the Antonio’s restaurants with Booky to see what they were serving up. This time, the spotlight is on the other 3 Antonio’s restaurants.
Here’s a look at what we tried:
Breakfast at Antonio’s
Breakfast at Antonio’s is casual all-day breakfast place with all your Filipino favorites, European brunch fare, plus homemade bread, jams, custards, and yogurt.
Salmon with bagel (P245)
Gratinated portobello with mushroom and berry glazed duck liver (P705)
Fried rice omelette with beef tapa and mushroom (P405)
Fresh corned beef roesti (P430)
Housemade granola with yogurt (P150)
TWG Jade of Africa mimosa with passion gruit cordial and tosso prosseco (P3650/bottle)
If you’re craving Filipino food, Balay Dako is the place. Aside from the usual favorites like tapa and batchoy, Balay Dako also serves up Spanish-Filipino and Filipino-Chinese fare too.
Kilaw sugba (P650)
Tapa flakes (P250)
Dynamite rolls (P175)
Oven-baked pizza (P280 to P445)
“Standing on the Beach” (P180)
A local whiskey, with pandan honey, herb vinegar, and rock salt.
We didn’t get to try the food at the main Antonio’s restaurant on this trip, but we did visit the Lanai Lounge, a cocktail lounge nearby.
Pork ear salpicao (P450)
Pate de foie gras on Riesling poached pear with crostini (P675)
Tempura scallops (P450)
Salted cod al pilapil (P550)
Cheese and charcuterie (P695, P1365, P1985)
“Life of the Party” (P420)
A mojito evolved – Bombay Sapphire gin, ginger beer, lime, sugar, tarragon.
“Arugula Lemon Drop” (P420)
Ketel One vodka, sugar, fresh lemon juice, arugula.