And this 2011, my dream for almost a decade has finally came true.
it all started passing by at this sign.
This mansion look-a-like from the front gate makes you already feel at home. And aside from the staff, this happy elephant greeted us at the front door.
Before we were lead to the dining area, we passed by at this section, where lots of memorabilia of the owner are displayed. I am in love, it's so homey.
Antonio's setting is just like home. You can eat outside and be closer to nature or you can sit inside with big chandeliers and still be in contact with nature. Big windows are open and Tagaytay, where this restaurant is situated, has this fresh air and coolness that we Manilenos love going to when we want an escape from the pollution and busy-ness of Manila.
We were given this bread...while still deciding for our orders.
freshly squeezed pineapple juice (refillable or drink all you can) - $7 sgd or 3.5 euro
soup of the day
*They also offer other starters and salads but this is what is served in their standard menu (i'm sure upgrades are welcomed)
For our entrees...
this was my order and every single bite was so tasty. Even though it's a bit burnt outside, it gave the tenderness of the meat that crunchy bits. I picked pumpkin sage risoni as my side dish and it was heaven!
boasted that this organic free poultry came from Antonio's farm...the bourbon tomato complemented well to the chicken, giving its wonderful taste.
And they catered this sampler for those who can't decide what to order in their seafood specialties(just like my sister LOL). from left to right: Pan-seared scallops on truffle cream sauce, prawn thermidor and the chilean seabass baked with tomato, olive, parsley, pine nuts on mashed potato. Looking at this in the menu may not be enticing, but trying it out says otherwise. A light entreé but exquisitely heavy in taste.
I chose this for dad and i'm so glad i made the right choice for him. I think this was the 5-star plate of the day. From left to right, grilled beef fillet gratinated w/ wild mushrooms on mashed potato, honey glazed lamb loin gratinated with goat cheese (HT wife's choice!) and beef fillet on plancha with black pepper sauce. Each piece was nicely cooked and the taste is just inexplicable. It really deserves having Antonio's name (period).
A wonderful meal wouldn't be complete without...
desserts!!! I'll be honest that the desserts were just ok, or i guess i made high expectations after tasting all their entrees wherein negativity was out of my vocabulary. I love the chocolate terrine among these sweets.
After everything, the Tarragon Tea still impressed me...
What i like about Antonio's is not only the food but the whole dining experience. We didn't even notice we were there for almost 4 hours! We were just enjoying every moment of our stay.
And the best part of the story is: It was worth a decade waiting to experience Antonio's being with my..
"THE ONE". :)
Happy weekend! - from your always hungry-trotting couple!
*depends on your main course
on average 2200-2500 pesos (80 sgd or 40 eur)
Purok 138 Brgy. Neogan
Tagaytay City, Cavite
*for dinner, reservation of at least a month before is a must!