Baguio and Tagaytay are two of the prime destinations in the Philippines for those who would like enjoy cool or cold weather. Aside from the weather and panoramic views, these two cities also offer great places to enjoy good food with ambiance that can vary from rustic, romantic, festive or quiet and pleasant. Here are some of the tummy-filling spots that we visited during our recent trip to Tagaytay City.
One can find some great foodie destinations in Tagaytay by simply coasting along the Aguinaldo Highway. There are popular fast food and restaurant chains that offer great views on top of their usual fares, specialty restaurants, and fine dining venues. For our weekend trip we were able to try three food venues for some good food and tagaytay ambiance. Our first stop was Leslie’s Grill and Restaurant which was recommended by one of Foodiemom’s friends because of their famed Bulalo. The restaurant’s furnishings, décor, and roving singers create a Filipino fiesta ambiance. They also have a great view of the Taal Lake and volcano in their viewing deck. Our party of six, 4 adults and two tots, ordered their signature Bulalo dish, crispy kangkong, and their grilled sampler. We were happy with the Bulalo and Crispy Kangkong but quite disappointed with the grilled sampler. The actual dish served is like a miniature of what they have in the picture, the mussels were so small that the meat was about the size of a pinky fingernail. The seafood fares were also overcooked making it a bit dry and rubbery.
Dinner was supposed to be at the Kubo-Kubo restaurant which was recommended by the concierge at the Potter’s Ridge Hotel, but we decided to try the small huts that are found along Aguinaldo highway and ended up in Sunspot Restaurant. We were looking for Fried Tawilis, which was sadly out of season, so we went to three different restaurants before deciding to give-up on our lost cause. The Sunspot Restaurant on the roadside had a Carinderia set-up where the dishes are displayed in a glass case and customers would simply take their pick. We got Fried Tanigue, Pork Barbeque, Caldereta, and fresh bananas for dessert. The fish was fresh and tasty, the barbeque meat was tender and flavorful, and the Caldereta tasted like an authentic Filipino cuisine. However, I found the Tanigue a bit expensive at P200 for one slice. The rest of the meal made-up for the price as our overall dinner expense was still reasonable.
Before heading back to Manila, we decided to have lunch at the Bag of Beans Restaurant. My mom loved their Puttanesca Pasta, and I liked their roast beef, pumpkin soup and bread which we were able to try during our previous visits. The place is always full during weekends so don’t wait until you’re hungry before heading off to this resto, unless you plan to hit their buffets. For this visit, we decided to take a cabana which looks a lot cooler than the other tables. The attendants are generally nice so we didn’t really mind how long it takes for our food to be served. It was unfortunate though that we weren’t given any placemats for our dishes, according to our server they already ran out of placemats. Then she never showed-up on our table again, perhaps because the guests that came after us miraculously got placemats on their table. Nevertheless, we still enjoyed our old favorites. The kids shared an order of cheeseburger and fries between them, while my brother-in-law went for the buffet. I also decided to try their Shepherd’s Pie but regretted my decision as it was a bit dry and can be a bit cloying after a while.