Must-Try Restaurants in Tagaytay

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The Six Must-Try Restaurants in Tagaytay

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience” –James Beard

Anyone desiring a quick getaway from the daily grind of the city life has Tagaytay as one of their reliable destinations and this is for a good reason. Apart from the picturesque portrait the Taal Volcano paints for even the most discriminating Instagram personality, it serves as a cool and calming respite from the hot and stifling weather of the summer season.  This is why Tagaytay has been the prime spot for vacationers and settled city dwellers looking to escape the scorching heat of the city.

View of Taal Volcano Island from Tagaytay
View of Taal Volcano Island from Tagaytay – Restaurants in Tagaytay

But unbeknownst to most, Tagaytay is also the ideal place for a gastronomic adventure where individuals and foodies with a discriminating epicurean palate are sure to satisfy their appetite for top-notch dishes. In fact, Tagaytay hosts one of Asia’s Top 50 Best Restaurants known as The Antonio’s. But apart from this illustrious restaurant, there are also hidden restaurants that have a selection and a variety of good-tasting food as well. If you are planning to visit Tagaytay anytime soon, take your taste buds on an adventure and visit six of the best restaurants in Tagaytay (either hidden or well-known) down below.

1.)  Antonio’s Garden Restaurant

Antonios - Restaurants in Tagaytay
Antonios – photo from antonios garden gallery

Of course, the restaurant that landed the much-coveted title of being one of Asia’s Top 50 Best Restaurants definitely deserves a spot on this list. However, if possessing that much-celebrated title is not enough to convince you to try and eat here then perhaps their Filipino and American cuisine menu would as it has a wide selection of dishes for you to try.

2.) The Red Bus Mobile Diner

The Red Bus Mobile Diner - photo from The Booky Report
The Red Bus Mobile Diner – photo from The Booky Report

For individuals desiring to eat in a place that is a break from the mainstream, The Red Bus Mobile Diner is a great place for you. The theme is predominantly patterned after a cool and hip American food truck diner which serves burritos, fajitas, milkshakes and grill gourmet burgers all from a classic 1970 VW Kombi—a feast not only for the stomach but for the eyes as well.

3.)  Bags of Beans

Bagsofbeans - Photo from Badudets Blog
Bagsofbeans – Photo from Badudets Blog

Coffee connoisseurs are sure to love this popular restaurant that serves coffee, bread, and a breakfast buffet.  This quaint and rustic place is perfect for those looking to warm up from the cool weather while nursing a hot cup of coffee.  B.o.B is not only for their coffee, though, as the restaurant is packed with great dishes such as their signature shepherd’s pie, steak and mushroom pie, fish and chips and etc.

4.) The Dining Room at Gourmet Farms

For health buffs looking for something a bit more organic, The Dining Room is the perfect place to dine in where their menu consists of items made only from organic ingredients they have personally produced in their fields. Delectable dips, sauces, trademark coffee beans and leafy greens are just some of the things you can enjoy here.

5.) Tower Ground Bulalo

tower ground - Photo from Eats Now or Never
tower ground – Photo from Eats Now or Never

On a perpetually cold environment such as Tagaytay, a piping hot serving of Bulalo is welcome at any time of the day. And although Tagaytay is teeming with various restaurants serving Bulalo, Tower Ground is the prime choice for most visitors. Their Bulalo is served in an earthen pot which would keep the broth hot longer than usual while the beef is braised to a tender perfection—an ideal spot indeed for those craving a steaming bowl of Bulalo.

6.) Tootsie’s

tootsies - Photo from Occasions of Joy Blog
tootsies – Photo from Occasions of Joy Blog

Looking for a restaurant that evokes the warmth of being home? Tootsie’s is the perfect place for you. Let their dishes take you on an epicurean journey as you enjoy dishes that have rich histories which are tried-and-tested over the years and would be considered as heirloom recipes. Must-try menu items are their Pancit Molo Valentino which is reminiscent of the family’s Ilonggo roots, the Chorizo Adelfa, Ube Palitaw, and Turon Halo-Halo.

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