ANTONIO'S TAGAYTAY: Celebrating Your Best Moments in the Best Restaurant in the Philippines :)
ANTONIO'S Tagaytay is considered by most foodies as the #1 Restaurant in the Philippines. The Miele Guide lists it as one of the Top 20 Best Restaurants in Asia. It's still our personal favorite and nothing beats an Antonio's Dining experience. :)
We were recently at Antonio's to celebrate Momsy's 72nd Birthday and here are our latest discoveries and tips...
Antonio's is strictly by reservation and they open for dinner at exactly 5.30pm.
You can order an appetizer of melted raclette cheese, which pairs well with the bread...
(Make sure to take a photo at this point. It's harder to get another chance once he moves to the other guests' tables.)
You order a Main Entree that usually comes in a set, which includes House Salad, Soup of the Day, Dessert, and Coffee or Tea. The price of the set menu is determined by the price of the entree.
The soup changes depending on the available fresh ingredients. I like this soup, hot and light with the seafood dumpling as a palate teaser.
The set menu comes with a fresh mesclun salad with ingredients sourced from their own farm.
You can upgrade the salad and my favorite is adding a bit of Foie Gras, or...
...bits of arugula, cheese, and nuts.
We ordered Carbonara for the kids. It was extra creamy, with flavorful bits of chicken, and with the pasta cooked al dente. We had to order extra toasted bread to wipe the sauce clean. :)
The green mango sorbet is refreshing and does a good job of cleansing the palate before the main meal is served.
It was the right balance of sweetness and citrus taste. :) The karaf was good enough for the family.
My mom loves this fresh visayas sole, cooked just right for the healthy eaters.
The Seafood Sampler Trio is one of the dishes I would recommend because you get to taste Chef Tonyboy's creations in manageable sizes. The sea bass was so smooth, juicy, and creamy.
Flavorful prawn with a good bite, paired with scallop.
This is the best for me -- juicy scallop grilled on both ends with truffle cream sauce, and creamy mash potato.
This is a generous size of lamb cooked medium and good to share. It's nice that this one is paired with rice. Go for this if you are looking for great value for your money.
The Antonio's Trio is a combination of the restaurant's best meat dishes. You can order full servings of each, but the trio size is just enough to sample a little bit of everything.
We love this classic combo: beef - mushroom - truffle - mashed potato.
Antonio's was the first to introduce us to the wonderful flavor of foie gras. They cook it so well that it melts in your mouth. Most people order this to satisfy their beef-foie gras craving.
Aside from beef, you can have a piece of lamb with sweet honey glazed sauce.
My lastest discovery in Antonio's is this dish with slices of duck breast and squab (young domestic pigeon), topped with foie gras with a sweet berry, red wine sauce.
The squab was really good too and offered a different texture of meat and flavor. Nicely done!
SILVER MOON TEA. A green tea combined with a grand fruit and vanilla bouquet, suave, with just a hint of sweetness. A tea for that special moment.
GRAND WEDDING. A festive tea to celebrate life's momentous occasions, this black tea is scented with white flowers and blended with a breathtaking aroma of exotic fruits.
Note: Coffee or Tea comes with the set menu.
I like the idea of the smooth panna cotta with honey comb texture and the right balance of sweetness.
This is another classic and a really good chocolate cake dessert.
For the birthday celebrant, she got this in flaming fashion.
We love this and this is the best dessert for us. :) It's like eating actual berries and strawberry flavors but in icy form, paired with sweet meringue crumbs.
(Note: This was created in partnership with Ian Carandang of Sebastian's Ice Cream)
This was also good. Chocolate served in a pate loaf style.
This was OK too, but we had better Pavlova by Sylvia Miguel.
Dessert at Antonio's is never complete without his classic Dark Chocolate Souffle. :)
The dinner ends at around 10:00pm, so allot about 3.5 hours for the overall dining experience.
Antonio's has been consistently good all these years and if Michelin was in Manila, this would be the first one to be rated. :)
The menu hasn't changed that much and you can still order the classic food you love, especially the foie gras in your salad and the meat entrees. I also like that they're already sourcing some of their ingredients from their own organic farm and the neighboring farms in Tagaytay.
I love the new additions in the menu, like the Duo of French Poultry Roasted Duck Breast & Squab and Berries & Cream Ice Cream for dessert.
I also still really enjoy the classic romantic feel of the place and the sincere and warm Filipino service.
Budget is around P2,250/head + drinks, which was our average bill (less senior citizens' discount).
This is indeed the best place to celebrate those special people and moments in your life!
Purok 138, Barangay Neogan, Tagaytay City, Batangas, Philippines
Mobile Number: +63 (917) 899.2866 or +63 (918) 899.2866
Tuesdays to Sundays: Lunch: 11.00am to 3.00pm | Dinner 5.30pm to 9.00pm
(Absolutely closed on Mondays)
Note: Strictly By Reservation Only. All Major Credit Cards Accepted.
Strict Dress Code: SMART CASUAL DRESS CODE
(Slippers in any form, t-shirt without collar, shorts in any form for both men & women, tanktops and open toed sandals, crocs for men are strictly not allowed)
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P.S. Tagaytay City, 1 October 2013 – In the month of October, the Antonio’s Group will be doing its part toward building a better nation. For every guest who visits either Antonio’s or Breakfast at Antonio’s, the Antonio’s Group will make a donation on their guests behalf to Teach for the Philippines.
“After so many years in the restaurant industry, I believe that this is the right time and opportunity to give back to the community and the country that has given me and my restaurant family so much.” says Antonio ‘Tonyboy’ Escalante, chef and owner of The Antonio’s Group. Chef Escalante goes further and adds, “Because we consider education a key element to building a better nation, we support Teach for the Philippines as a positive force toward reaching that goal.”
Established in 2012, Teach for the Philippines works towards the vision that one day, all Filipino children will have access to an excellent education.
RECRUITING PROMISING INDIVIDUALS TO TEACH. Teach for the Philippines recruits top graduates and young professionals to teach in public schools full-time for two years.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS’ LIVES. Placed in the nation’s most underserved schools, Fellows respond to the public education system’s resource gaps, particularly the severe shortage of teachers. In doing so, they act as both mentors and instructors to public school students by inspiring them to aim for ambitious personal goals and by equipping them with the proper skills needed to achieve these goals.
EMPOWERING FUTURE LEADERS TO DRIVE CHANGE. Through our training program and the immersion in public schools, we equip Fellows with insights into the root causes of education inequity and give them the tools to begin addressing this issue. Upon completion of the program, our Alumni pathways set Fellows on career paths where they can best realize their continued commitment to an education reform agenda, inside or outside the classroom.
TRANSFORMING THE COUNTRY. Teach for the Philippines is about nation building. Given the strong correlation between a country’s development and its investment in education, we strive to build the foundations for a stronger economy and a more vibrant democracy.
Clarissa Delgado, COO of Teach for the Philippines says,“We are delighted and deeply grateful for the opportunity to be the beneficiaries of Chef Tonyboy and the Antonio’s Group. Nation building does indeed take a nation. The Teach for the Philippines team gets its energy and inspiration knowing that Filipinos from all over and from all professions are committed to a social development agenda and building our country through education.”