Dining at Breakfast at Antonio’s, Tagaytay
For our second day in Tagaytay, Dio and I decided to grab breakfast at Antonio’s Restaurant. Just for our trip, I purchased a voucher enabling us to dine at the establishment for 800 pesos worth of meals by paying only for 400 pesos. I overheard from a colleague that prices are a bit high at the restaurant, I found the deal worth-it.
From our inn, Dio and I needed only to take a tricycle going to Neogan. We informed the driver that we wanted to go to Antonio’s, and they seemed to be pretty well acquainted with the place. Be forewarned though, the drivers may fool you to thinking that the fare would cost around more than 50 pesos.
Upon arriving at the place, we were astonished to find out that it had a perfect blend of the Filipino and Spanish culture. The architecture of the buildings closely resembled houses and establishments in Vigan. We found out too that Antonio’s is composed of three restaurants namely the main Antonio’s Restaurant, Breakfast at Antonio’s, and The Grill. The Grill is located away from the other two, somewhere at the Aguinaldo Highway. For our voucher, we had to go to Breakfast at Antonio’s. All-in-all, the restaurants would give you that very romantic feel.
For our meals, Dio and I shared a couple of their best-sellers which are their Homemade Chorizo and Egg, their Spaghetti Bolognese, and their Golden Waffle.
I had the Homemade Chorizo and Egg for myself. The meal is composed of a sunny-side up egg, their homemade chorizo and rice. They serve this meal with vinegar on the side, as you would normally eat longganisa or tosino. Their chorizo has a sort of sweet but salty flavor, and every bite is very much enjoyable. I would recommend this meal to those who would try to get a taste of an authentic Filipino meal.
Dio, on the other hand, got himself the Spaghetti Bolognese. Much like other pasta meals, this is served with garlic bread. As I stole a bite from Dio’s meal, I found that it had a perfect combination of tomatoes and pasta. It’s perfect for those wanting to get a fulfilling Italian meal.
For dessert, we share the Golden Waffle. We asked the waiter to serve this with Strawberry syrup and whipped cream. You could choose with either Strawberry or Blueberry to enjoy this meal. It’s fantastic either for a breakfast meal, or as a dessert for sweet-tooths.
Alongside our meals, we ordered their refillable brewed coffee. As with common establishments around the area, their coffee was most likely made out of Amadeo coffee beans, which are Arabica. Just note that one serving would only be refilled once, as note on their menu. For Dio and I though, they provided us with another cup as the rain poured down on where we were originally seated at. They had us move from the patio to indoors, where they nicely gave us a fresh brew.
For those interested in dining at Antonio’s, I would recommend saving a couple more for your wallets as the food is a bit pricey indeed. It’s expensive, but definitely worth it. Also, note that there’s a dress-code currently being implemented for some of he restaurants. The main Antonio’s Restaurant requires diners to wear semi-formal – no shirts and slippers. On the other hand, Breakfast at Antonio’s and The Grill would accept casual.
It was a worthy experience for Manila-goers wanting to try something new outside of the city. The experience gives you a turn back in time, and provides you a dining experience that you’d want to partake in even for once.
The Breakfast at Antonio’s is open at 7:00am to 4:00pm for their all-day breakfast menu. Unfortunately, they are closed on Mondays, and normally accepts diners on a first-come, first-serve basis. For reservations, try heading to their website at http://www.antoniosrestaurant.ph. Breakfast at Antonio’s can be found at Purok 138, Barangay Neogan, Tagaytay City.