“Enjoy life, it is delicious.”
Catching up with myself, I decided to self-gratify and do a quick fix by visiting one of my favorite places in the Philippines – Tagaytay.
Among the long list of where to make our tummies happy, we chose “Balay Dako”.
Immediately upon entering their enormous dining hall, we found our spot.
It is facing a central view of the famous Taal lake. It came to us with the soft cool breeze of Tagaytay. And some fogs too which were too thin to notice.
Spending almost 3 hours to get there from my place, we ordered some of their specialties to our heart’s content.
And while waiting for our food, I took photos of what they’re using in their kitchen.
I must not forget to mention here that Chef Tony (Escalante) was there and smiles at everyone including me. #startruck
Permit me this awe since he is touted as one of the best chefs in Asia. The brain behind Antonio’s Restaurant. Though the Executive Chef of Balay Dako is Chef Ricky Sison.
So, here’s what we’ve had:
Our table were filled with Filipino cuisine and the usual that we cooked at home, but broadly speaking, the taste and ambiance and the service are 2 thumbs up.
And these are the elements making up a note-worthy place that deserves frequent visit. I then again wished that Tagaytay is just 15 minutes away from me. More of a visceral thing to me. We were in a relaxed mode anyway.
The place is huge, giving justice to it’s name: “Balay Dako”. Dako is big in the Visayas where Chef Tony hailed from.
You’d be glad to know that after we had our desserts, our feet lead us to their specialty shop and brought home some stuff too.
Find time to visit the place and I’m pretty sure you’ll like it there too.
They asked if we have tried these other two: Breakfast at Antonios and Antonio’s Restaurant (the pilot branch). And if not, they said that we must. =) I think I’ll start saving for the latter. Their steaks are famous. =)
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