To celebrate our 3rd year of togetherness I picked out a place which is not new to many. Read on as I share our experience in this coveted restaurant right in the greenery scape of Tagaytay.
Atmosphere: Despite of the rainy weather on a late Tuesday afternoon we were still blown away with extreme praises about this place. Greeted with a tall wooden gate with a lush garden, I couldn’t get off that feeling that indeed we’re in the most gorgeous hidden part of Tagaytay. When we entered the building, a smacking bright red wall in the left filled with pictures after pictures serves as a gallery for wandering guests. Then a grand wooden stairs will lead you straight to any dining halls. Ours was located in the left wing. We were then asked to sit near the window which I personally liked because of the good view of the garden. I couldn’t resist to notice the black and white tiles which were very very very elegant. It just explodes instant chicness in the entire halls. My dear husband too couldn’t stop yapping about how he loved our seat, it is in dark blueish velvet emperor’s chair (with pillows!) , the outstanding decors which give that Spanish colonial era mood but with a modern twist of ambiance. Seriously, it was very beautiful, highly elegant and perfect. Just thinking of it now makes me want to go back there asap.
Food: Like any top restaurants, Antonio’s has equally excellent food in their menu. One thing that I and my hubby appreciated with their house salad was the mixture of all tastes – bitter, sweet, salty and sour. My gosh I still couldn’t get over with the cheese and walnuts, both were perfect highlights that really made the salad worthwhile to eat. Not to mention the creaminess of the soup too! Really, I liked the fact that it didn’t taste purely as a tomato but rather in the not too sweet – not too sour border. As for the main dishes, we both looked away from the usuals of pork or beef and instead dwell on the ones that might not be popular to some. So having the roasted duck breast for hubby and lamb rib for me were both perfect choices. We’ve eaten several ducks and lamb dishes in China before that we’re totally immune already, so it is like finding the taste palette that we longed for quite some time. And indeed it didn’t fail to disappoint us. The deboned lamb was served with the crispiness it promised, egg noodles were perfect a perfect combination because of its tangy taste together with the thinly sliced bell-pepper compliments very well the saltiness of the lamb. And so perfect that I can’t even smell the strong odor which most lamb meat normally have. Hubby’s duck breast was equally delicious, I tried 2 slices and believe me when I say that it was in the best roasted state because the meat wasn’t dry but juicy and the meat was so tender! The juice is just flowing while chewing and the best part too was the buttered mashed potato – it has the most finest mashed we ever tasted with no traces of granules at all. Lastly, for the desserts we opted to tone down a bit and chose the dates and sorbet. The most brilliant part of eating a stacked pudding of dates is the part that it didn’t taste like a dates at all. It was more like eating a chocolate cake but the moisture and chewiness of the dates was there.
Service: They have superb customer service. The crew was not madamot in flashing sincere smiles and greetings to everyone who dined that night. They took time on explaining to guests on how every dish is cooked or served, suggests how it exactly tastes like, they get my requests hit on, and best of all the attentiveness they showed. For more than 3 hours spent there, no instance did I/we waited for them to fill-up my glass, issues of missing utensils, no-you-can’t-have-that moment or get stressed to any reconfirmation of orders. We were there to have fun, eat good food and enjoy – and they made it possible for us. And I think that’s what fine dining should be.
Value: Extravagant place yes, but over the top service, amazing ambiance and world-class menu compensates it all! It is a place you won’t regret shedding a 4-digit meal – well at least for us.
Verdict: ❤❤❤❤❤ – Is a must try! Recommended for romantic dinner out of Metro Manila.
Address: Purok 138, Barangay Neogan Tagaytay, Cavite Luzon, Philippines
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