Road Trip Part 3 – Lunch in Tagaytay (January 2012)

I love reading travel blogs. Especially those of Pinoy food and travel bloggers. I don’t know who the Grandeur Traveler is but he definitely found the best countryside dining in Tagaytay (so far, well at least for me). I found out about Marcia Adams’ Restaurant in his blog. You can check out  his post here. After reading about the food and the place, I got hooked and since then, I’ve been nagging my travel buddy to try it out.

And because we’re also passing by Tagaytay for that series of road trips, I thought why not have our lunch there instead of the usual Teriyaki Boy or Gerry’s Grill. So a few days before our trip, I contacted Marcia and reserved a table for two on a warm and breezy Sunday noon. Check out the link for their Facebook page.

The restaurant is near the border of Alfonso and Tagaytay. If you see the Tagaytay Arch with pineapples (coming from Nasugbu), turn left and go straight. A few meters ahead, you will reach this very Tuscan-inspired looking gate. If you’re coming from Tagaytay city proper and see a Welcome to Alfonso arch, do not turn right. Just look for the Tagaytay arch along the highway with the pineapples (I just hope they don’t change the fruit). Yes I had to emphasize the pineapple because we got lost that day and your main landmark would be, yes you guessed that right, the pineapples.

The restaurant is small but very ideal for a romantic lunch date or intimate family gatherings. Falling in love with the place is really easy. (Photo below with Canon S100 nostalgia filter)

Here are other photos of the beautiful restaurant:

While waiting for our food, we were walking around the place taking photos when Neil Adams (husband) explained to us how they got the bricks for the garden. I can’t remember much about that conversation, but I know that 1. those were imported and antique therefore they play an important role in enhancing the mood and theme of the restaurant; 2. Neil (and sometimes Marcia) makes sure their customers are satisfied and entertained (they personally talk to their customers); and 3. Marcia does most of the cooking.

Then our complimentary bread arrives:

Customers are required to pay a cover charge of Php 700 (consumable) per person. This mainly covers your Main Course since the price ranges from Php 700 – Php 1,000. The appetizers and desserts come with the main course, but you can  also pay for another dish ala carte.

One of the most recommended drinks in Marcia Adams’ Restaurant is the Bundaberg Ale (Php 95). Unfortunately, the Peach Ale wasn’t available so we got the Apple and Lemon Ale. Tastes awesome.

For appetizer, I got the Amalfi Prawns (comes with the main course). Pan-fried breaded prawns seasoned with salt, pepper and parsley on top of a thin wafer biscuit. It’s a really tasty dish. My mouth’s watering now just thinking about it.

We also got the soup of the day (comes with the main course) – a clear soup with bits of bacon and beans. It has a subtle creamy taste which I like because it complements, rather, balances the salty taste of the shrimp. Unfortunately that time, Travel Buddy is still allergic to shrimp so I finished all three and even got three to five spoonfuls of soup. Haha!

Dear impatient customers, when you decide to dine here, you should note that the food will arrive (fastest would be) 10-15 minutes, maybe longer depending on how many customers are there. The main course takes longer to arrive. But the upside is you get to bond with your friends or partner or family and the ambiance makes you unaware of the time. After all, this is not a fast food place. Your meal’s being cooked to perfection. And you won’t be disappointed!

Here’s another photo : a view from our table. Would be very nice if we could take the table at the other side of the restaurant, the view there looks more countryside. 🙂

Our main courses arrive. I got the Grilled Aromatic Pork with Organic Rice (Php 700). The meat was cooked evenly and perfectly. With the unique blend of herbs and spices (not the usual blend you’ll get in most restaurants), the dish was very juicy and delicious!

He got the Beef Tenderloin and Bacon Kebabs (Php 845). The beef and bacon are tender, easy to chew, and full of flavors! Also served with organic rice. He loved it! I’m curious about the chicken kebab though. But! There is always a next time!

And now, the best part: DESSERTS.

For Him: Banana Split with creamy chocolate ice cream (comes with the main course). I thought the bananas were coated with chocolates but they were I think grilled for a few seconds then drizzled with the special Nutella sauce. Death by dessert number 1 = Nutella + chocolate ice cream + smartly prepared bananas.

And for me: Lime Pana Cotta (comes with the main course).

I ordered this mainly because of how tasty-looking this dish is. And it did not disappoint. Creamy milk base with zesty, tangy heavy sauce for that perfect combination of sweet and citrus-y fruity taste. Death by dessert number 2!

I’ve read a lot of blogs talking about the same dish (soup, kebab and lime pana cotta) but don’t worry, they have a lot of other main course dishes and desserts that you can try. I am eyeing the stews and casseroles next, and Lavender Creme Brulee or the Strawberry yoghurt ice cream. Check Marcia Adams Restaurant’s Facebook for the menu. 🙂

At roughly Php 1,000 per head, combined with the ambiance, delectable food, great staff/employees, and an awesome bunch of friends or family, this is one experience that is totally worth your time and money.

I just hope that Marcia Adams doesn’t get commercialized (not that I don’t want the business to grow) but its existing low profile and word-of-mouth marketing keeps everything (from food to experience) simple and elegant.

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