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Head to these restos on a whim and feast on Tagaytay’s best dishes!
Tagaytay will always be a favorite weekend destination for many. Because of its accessibility, cool climate, and peaceful scenery, the place is easily a go-to when one finds the need to escape the fast-paced life in the city. Not only does Tagaytay offer countless spots to visit, but it also boasts dining spots and hotel restaurants with mouth-watering dishes that can only be found there.
If you ever find yourself stepping foot in Tagaytay anytime after the quarantine, then jot down these amazing hotel restaurants you must not miss! The quarantine forced these establishments to close their doors to guests, but now that the government has eased restrictions, they have finally opened once more. So, if going on a Tagaytay food crawl is on your bucket list, then read on!
Operating hours:Friday to Saturday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (last orders taken at 7:30 PM)
Catch a spectacular sunrise view from the resto.
Escala Tagaytay’s in-house dining spot, Bellissima Al Fresco Restaurant, reopened its doors to guests last May 22, 2021. Catch their Beef Tapa (Cured Beef) and Chicken Adobo for breakfast and Crispy Pata (deep Fried Pig Trotters) for lunch. The place also offers Italian dishes like pizza and pasta; in fact, one of the most recommended dishes is their own Escala pizza which can pair with any beverage on their menu. So, choose between caffeinated drinks like brewed coffee and latte, softdrinks, juices, and fruit shakes.
Customers are given a QR code to scan for a contactless and convenient way of viewing their menu. Note that the resto will limit its seating capacity to 50%, and the hotel’s guest rooms and facilities will remain closed, except for the restaurant.
Satisfy not just your tummy but also your eyes with Taal’s lovely sight from Twin Lakes Cafe.
Image: Twin Lakes Hotel Website
Twin Lakes Hotel’s in-house restaurant Twin Lakes Cafe provides more than just a stunning view of the Taal Volcano from its indoor dining area and alfresco balcony. Make the most out of your visit to the place by trying the restaurant’s Lengua Financiera, an ox tongue braised with herb tomato concasse, red wine, and button mushrooms. You can also feast on Callos Andalucia: beef tripes stewed in chorizo de bilbao, garbanzos, bell peppers, paprika, and tomato sauce. The cafe also offers take-out and pick-up services around Tagaytay and Laurel, Batangas.
Location:Taal Vista Hotel, Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City
Monday to Friday, 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday to Sunday; 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Take a look at Veranda’s modern dining area aesthetic.
Image: Taal Vista Hotel Website
Another hotel resto that’s worth seeking out in Tagaytay is Taal Vista Hotel’s Veranda. The resto offers classic Filipino dishes, including its best-selling Tinola Sa Buko (Filipino chicken soup served in a coconut). Other organic dishes such as the Adobo ni Tatang (chicken cooked in soy sauce and vinegar), Hot Bulalo (bone marrow soup), and crispy Tawilis (freshwater sardine) are also guaranteed must-tries.
Veranda was rated 100% by the Department of Tourism-Tagaytay for its readiness and preparation under the new normal setting. It will be implementing strict safety measures starting from regular disinfection to contactless payment methods.
Location:Tagaytay-Nasugbu HWY. Brgy. Bagong Tubig, Neogan, Tagaytay City
Operating hours:Monday to Sunday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
BiKyeong’s Korean BBQ will surely make you say “masitssoyo!” (it’s delicious!).
Image: Bikyeong Hotel & Restaurant Facebook Page
No need to book a flight to South Korea to get a taste of Korean barbecue! Just two hours away from Manila, BiKyeong Hotel and Restaurant boasts unlimited Korean barbecue complete with side dishes including kimchi, braised potatoes, and rice. Outdoor tables and seats are provided so grilling can be easier and more enjoyable. In addition to these, the resto also has a brand new item on their menu: Korean style bento! You can select between Samgyupsal, Tonkatsu, or Fish Katsu Bento. If you’re up for a lighter meal, BiKyeong also offers an a la carte menu available for take-out, pick-up, delivery, and dine-in services.
The resto will strictly be following the “no mask, no entry” policy. To reserve a table, you may contact the resto through the following numbers: +63 977 771 4707 or +63 908 698 0141.
June 2021 Update:BiKyeong Hotel and Restaurant is temporarily closed due to store renovation.
Operating Hours:Monday to Sunday; 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Check out Tapsilog’s rustic and charming dining area.
Image: Malaco Hotel Facebook Page
Another antique gem located in the heart of Tagaytay is Malaco Hotel. The place offers home-cooked goodness featuring a menu focused on silog, the all-time Filipino breakfast favorite that consists of sinangag (fried rice), itlog (egg), and various meat combinations. You can get yourself a plate of Tapsilog, Skinless Longsilog, or Tosilog, all with free coffee or iced tea. The hotel also offers a free delivery service for their Pork Sisig (pig head and chicken liver seasoned with onions, chili peppers, and calamansi) and Pork Barbecue pre-orders within Tagaytay.
A weekend full of picture-perfect scenery while munching on only the tastiest dishes doesn’t get any more relaxing, and you can have all that in Tagaytay! Just be sure to follow the restaurants’ safety protocols when visiting, and you’ll have the food crawl of your dreams in no time.
This article was originally published in Yoorekka on July 27, 2020.
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About Antonette Louise Guiao
Antonette is a writer, a night owl, an extrovert, and a BTS ARMY. Her spare time is consumed by drawing digital vector art, sleeping, binge-watching Netflix series, and learning how to cook. An adventurer by heart, she aspires to travel the world with her family, try extreme outdoor activities, and taste all sorts of food in different countries.
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