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Sanctuario - a secret dining place in Tagaytay

Update Oct 2005: Sanctuario Revisited: Ho-hum food?


Rache in Zen Place
Originally uploaded by antondiaz.

AWESOME! I'm not sure until when we can keep Sanctuario a secret place in Tagaytay. They just moved in to an unassuming place beside the tagaytay ukay-ukay place near the tagaytay circle just a month ago. If you don't know the place you would not even venture to eat there. Since they just moved to a 50-person capacity place in the Tagaytay circle, some articles in the web would give directions in its original location beside the korean place along the tagaytay-Sta. Rosa road which is already closed now. Check this out --> Sanctuario, Tagaytay Photos

Here are 5 tips to truly enjoy a awesome dining in Sanctuario:
1. Call and reserve the best spots in the restaurants. Specially if you are a group of 10 or more, you definitely need to get the zen place! If you are a group of 5-10, you should reservce the ground floor spot with a view of tagaytay. If you are a group of 4 or less, the basement spot near the window should be cozy enough for

your group.
2. Killer Food. Forget your diet for the moment, you should try their signature dish of pasta bullalo. During my first time, my brother and wife tried their desserts and I should say you should not leave the place without trying their signature raisin bread and home made pinipig ice cream! (better than the choc nut ice cream available in the market). Sean, one of the manageing partners recommended also their Amadeo Barako Coffee which is the "best coffee in the world" according to him.
3. Allot ample time to enjoy a perfect meal. Sanctuario is one of those places where you take your time, savor the good food and enjoy the company of your friends. The ambience and the food is very conducive for conversations and just enjoying lunch or dinner time with your friends or family. This is where the restaurant got their name --> a solemn place for dining. This is also a good time to take pictures!
4. A good way to end your tagaytay excursion. I would suggest that this should be the highlight or the last place in your itinerary. In this way, you get a chance to savor the experience and uplift your mood on your way home (like the last song syndrome effect --> if there is such a thing as a last restaurant syndrome). This is a better alternative than starbucks for coffee and dessert.
5. The story of sanctuario. Each restaurant has a story and it would be good to read through this article so as to give a preview of what to expect in Sanctuario. Sanctuario Story

More Information
Managing Partners: Romil M. Martinez, M.D. and Sean Reyes
Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa Road Brgy. San Jose, Tagaytay City (Near tagaytay circle)
Telephone Number: +63-46-4130637
Mobile Number: +63917-5404799

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A good day to you Mr. Anton, I would like to say thank you very much for your comments/reviews of our restaurant, Restaurante Carlos. Although you are the first to make comments/reviews like those, we are taking it seriously and are exerting all efforts to improve on them. The restaurant was not intended to cater or specialise in Spanish cooking, we do take pride in the home cooking we do and serve which is mostly Spanish. I hope that you do come back and try it once again this time, please make sure that I am here so I can at least talk to you and give you a backround as to the concept and vision of the restaurant the way it was intended to be.

Again thank you very much, it is very good to know that there are people like you and your wife who take the time to go out of your way to try and help other people in their search for satisfying and worthwhile food.

My best regards
Carlos S. Callejo

Thanks for responding to the feedback, Carlos. Yeah, we missed you during the time that we visited and I guess we are expecting too much about the spanish food in your restaurant. I do sincerely hope that it gets improved and I'm glad that you were able to find your way to my blog. I'll let you know when we are coming back, so that we can enjoy your company as well.

Till then, Anton

Hi. I came across your site while searching for a place to bring my friends to for valentine's. last year we went to carlos's and this year i'm thinking of sanctuario. Is this a good idea? thank you. Hazel

hey boss! remember me? we worked together in P&G esupport...i was with sykes then who was your vendor. anyhow this is such a small world! a friend of mine was totally recommending me to check your site but i never thought that YOU were that anton diaz!!! i agree that sanctuario is great! and like you i hope it remains a secret for a bit longer!!!

Thanks for this! Will check out sometime. :)

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