Mr. A and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary last month and it was so hard to decide where to eat. Why? Because we looove to eat! We wanted to try a lot of different restaurants. But since we had a free overnight stay in Tagaytay expiring soon, we decided to celebrate there. We’ve been wanting to try Antonio’s (yung mahal, lol!) for a while now and what better reason than our anniversary. We originally wanted to go at night for a more romantic ambiance but was informed while making the reservation that there was a wedding reception that night and they couldn’t accommodate us (may ka-anniv kame hehe!) so we just opted for lunch.
Upon entering the property, you are greeted with lush greenery and the main house can be seen in the distance. It was like your lolo and lola’s homey ancestral house. Upon entering, you come into a receiving area ala living room/sala and it was very welcoming.
I was still planning to look at the framed pictures but we were already being ushered to our table. You walk down a flight of stairs and already see a few tables outside by the garden. I loved how “green” the surrounding was.
After being seated, we were asked what water we wanted (flat, sparkling & another one I forgot) – me: “Flat please, with lemon”, pero sa isip isip ko sure ako yon ang free, haha! We were handed the menu (moment of truth!) and were served complimentary carrot bread with tapenade (nakapag round 2 pa kame, hehe!)
When you order an Entrée it already includes an Organic Salad, Soup of the Day, Dessert and Coffee or Tea. Your choice of entrée will determine how much the set meal will be. They have other salads and appetizers that you can choose from if you want to have more. They also have Pairing drinks (wine or juice) to accompany your food. We chose the Juice Pairing since we will get 3 drinks (P350); the wine pairing only comes with 1 glass; at P1,000, we didn’t feel it was worth it.
Here is the Organic Green Salad (Bleu d’ Auvergne, Peppered Granola, Raspberry Vinaigrette) that we had.
Their Soup of the Day was Mushroom soup, it had a longer ‘title’ pero hindi ko na maalala; but technically, it is mushroom soup. Sobrang nakakatawa pa kase it was served without the ‘soup’ itself at first. The bowl was placed in front of us tapos sabi ni hubby yung itsura ko daw as in takang taka na parang ito na yon? Haha! Eh kase parang croutons & cream lang yung laman ng bowl! Yun pala, nakahiwalay pa yung soup and they pour it after placing the bowl in front of you. Sobrang laugh trip ‘tong moment na ‘to, haha!
On to the mains! Mr. A ordered the Smoked CAB Prime Beef Loin (P2,400; Bourbon Jus, Baked Marbled Potato). The meat was juicy and melts in your mouth. One comment though, ang liit! Haha! We were hoping to get a bigger slice for the price (I was thinking ala Mamou size).
I ordered the Duck Leg Confit (P1,700; Orange Grand Marnier Beurre Blanc, Gratin Potato); I loooved this so much! The meat was so tender but the skin was so crispy! Parang corned beef yung laman sa sobrang fall-off-the-bone! The potato gratin complimented the duck very well and it was seasoned just right. It also had red cabbage which went well with the whole dish. I know not a lot of people eat cilantro but I’m one of those who really really like it! So this dish having cilantro is love.♥ I loved it so much, nag iisip nako ng next occasion para makabalik at kumain ulit nito. I tried to eat this as slowly as I could pero ang hirap mag pigil, haha!
Before I share what we had for dessert, let me show you what we had for the juice pairing. I only had photos of the last 2 juices. The first one was Lychee & Lemon, it was the perfect sweet & tangy combination. Next is the Pear & Red Bell Pepper with Apple Cider Vinegar and last is the Tomato & Cranberry with Apple Cider Vinegar. The juice pairing is P350 for the 3 drinks, Mr. A & I ordered one pairing each.
There were 2 choices for the dessert, the souffle or the dessert platter. We ordered one each so we can try both. The souffle to me was not that wow, sorry. Not to be rude but I’ve had better. My sister dined at Antonio’s a few years back and she was raving about the chocolate cake, I hoped I was getting that too.
The dessert sampler had the following (clockwise from top left): Panna Cotta with Tapioca, Ube Macapuno Cheesecake, Chili (!) Dark Chocolate Macaron, & Cerveza Negra Ice Cream.
I didn’t like the tapioca that much, I think the panna cotta was lacking something – sweetness, maybe? The cheesecake was good, ube with macapuno is always yummy for me. The macaron tasted like a ‘normal’ dark chocolate macaron until the chili hits you at the end, but it was not too hot to be distracting. The cerveza negra ice cream was interesting, I loved the toasted pinipig though. I’m not really a fan of beer in the first place so I guess that’s why.
The husband & I both chose to have coffee to perfectly cap off our amazing lunch. To top it all off, they gave us a complimentary scoop of a creamy chocolate ice cream to celebrate our anniversary.
Thank you, Antonio’s! ♥
Purok 138, Neogan, Tagaytay City
(can be searched in Waze)
Tuesday-Sunday, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM,
5:30 PM to 8PM
Phone #s: (+63918)8992866/