UPDATE Feb. 8, 2006: Finally I was able to complete this Antonio's article in time for Valentines. Although, if you are just reserving just now, forget about it because the valentines day and valentines weekend is fully booked!
Almost every year, I have the privilege of having dinner at Antonio's @ Brgy Neogan, Tagaytay by renowned Chef Antonio Escalante. It continues to be the best special dinner you could ever have in Manila. This is the food paradise place where you won't complain about how expensive it is (P2,000+/person) because you are paying for the dining experience with perfect food, perfect ambiance, and perfect service from Antonio's and his staff. You would even appreciate how slow they would serve the food because they make sure that they it is cooked fresh when you order it. For those who have not been to this place or planning to go on any season, here is a guide on how to have the best Antonio's experience.
Spanferckel Boneless -- The house specialty! Stuffed suckling pig with herbs, fennel and potato served with Sauerkraut, Home made Apple Sauce, Horseradish cream and German mustard. 10 persons minimum @ 800/person served as set menu. Order this specially if you decided to eat here as a big group. Imagine we started our meal with this lechon -- so yummy delicious!
Antonio's Set Menu
Take your time while you choose what to eat in Antonio's and I'll give you tips on how to navigate the Set Menu choices. Antonio's set menu includes House Salad, a Maincourse (which determines the overall price of the set menu), Dessert and Coffee or Tea.
1. Let's start with the Salad. The house salad included in the set menu is simply described as:
Fresh Salad Greens from My Garden, Homemade Herb Cheeze, Parmessan Shavings, Glazed Wallnets, Jullienne of Granny Smith Apples and Pepper Croustini with Raspberry Vinaigrette or Kiwi Vinaigrette. (sorry for the lighting of the photo :)
Antonio's was introduced me to the world of Foie Gras last 2003 so its worth it to order their Foie Gras salads -- it's the best. Here are your additional choices of Salads with additional fee:
-- Foie Gras Three Way Fresh Mesclun Salad (P550)
-- Pan Seared Duck Liver Glazed with Honey and Peppercorn, Mesclun Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette (P450)
-- Garlic Scallops or Prawns Fresh Mesclun Salad with Lemon-Truffle Vinaigrette (P350)
-- Tempura Oyster with Wasabi and Coriander Mayonnaise, Mesclun Salad Drizzled with Rocket Oil (P250)
2. Soups. There are decent choices of soup, but considering the food that you would eat, you may want to skip this.
-- Oyster Creamed Soup (P150)
-- Onion Soup Gratinee (P150)
-- Green Mango Sorbet (P55)
-- Soup of the day
3. Main Course! You cannot go wrong with any of the choices here so I would suggest depending on your diet, preference, mood and budget -- pick the dish that most appeals to you. For us we choose:
Grilled Chillean Sea Bass on Linguine with Truffle Clam Sauce (P1,100). Superb! and Healthy!
Antonio's Trio Sampler (P1,600). If you cannot decide, try these samplers of Tenderloin Medallion with Gratin of Assorted Mushrooms on Lyonnaise Potato (P1,400 on its own), Grilled Chilean Sea Bass with Truffle Clam Sauce (P1,100), and Lamb Cutlets with Cardamon Buerre Blanc with Gnocchi (P2,100 for two persons)
Here are the other main menu choices:
-- Oven Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom, Potato, and Goose Liver Foam (P1,450)
-- Grilled Peppered Sirloin Steak with Maitre' D' Hotel served with Onion Rings & Fries (P1,600)
-- Grilled Certified Angus Beef Prime Ribeye Steak (P3,000 good for 2 persons) with sidings of Mashed Potato, Garlic Risoni, Gnocchi Potato, Rock Salt Garlic Fries
-- Roasted Duck Breast infused with truffle, Seared Foie Gras on Braised Red Cabbage, Juniperberry Ju (P1,400)
-- Grand Marnier Glazed Duck Leg Confit on Garlic Gratin Potato and Pigeonpeas (P1,100)
-- Slipper Lobster Tail with Spicy Creole on Risoni (P1,200)
-- Sole A'la Meuniere with Fried Gnocchi (P900)
-- Pan Fried Snapper on Crispy Pancheta on creamed Savory Cabbage (P900)
-- Seafood Risotto or Pasta with Tomato Basil and Crab Fat (Scallops, Prawns, Mussels) (P1,100)
-- Grilled Braised Baby Backribs with Garlic Risoni (P900)
-- Swhwein Haxen (Roast Pork Knuckle) Sauerkraut, Mashed Potato (P900)
4. Dessert! (Never to be missed and arguably should come first :)
The Souffles are really good so if this is your first time order the:
-- Dark Chocolate Souffles with Cardamom Creme Anglaise (included in the set menu)
Other choices would be:
-- Antonio's Chocolate Cake with Orange Caramel Sauce
-- Tartufo Nero with Grand Marnier
-- Dark & Milk Chocolate Mousse
-- Linzer Torte with Green Mango Sorbet
-- Panna Cotta with Oven Dried Fruits and Fruit Coulis
-- Profiteroles Vanilla ice cream with Chocolate Sauce
By this time, you must be satisfied with the food and not to mention the house dalandan Juice refillable for P100. This is the only restaurant that I keep coming back for me specially for a great occasion with friends and family.
For directions and reservations: Call +63918-899-2866