People always ask me what our favorite cuisine is, and I would always answer, Filipino Food. We especially love the regional cuisine from Pampanga, Negros, Ilocos, and Bicol.
So it's great news that Taal Vista--in celebration of their 75th anniversary--is featuring the best Filipino chefs from Manila. As part of their weekend buffet at Cafe Veranda, each chef gets to feature their specialty Filipino dishes for two weekends.
The campaign, called "CULINARY GEMS: A Festival of Filipino Flavors", kicked off last weekend with Chef Fernando Aracama's Negrense food specialties. And we loved it!
Here's a photo essay of one of the Best Negrense Buffets, which also kicks off the series on What's New in Tagaytay 2014...
What's New in Tagaytay 2014 Series:
Here are my favorites from the Negrense-inspired buffet by Chef Fernando Aracama...
We love this garlicky hot soup with soft dumplings.
Start off with a fresh lumpia assembled for you as you order.
Chef Fernando Aracama's lechon belly with his own stuffing of garlic and spices. :)
Tender roast beef that's sweet like ham and very addicting.
Baked threadfin with ampalaya for something a little more healthy.
A big paellera of Paella Valenciana is always available during the weekend buffet.
The adobo sauce made from the tuba (coconut vinegar) is absorbed by the beef, so you can taste the salty-garlicky vinegar flavor in every strand.
Yellow fried rice cooked with dry alamang (small shrimps), lightly salted, and with little toasted bits.
Healthy but a bit oily.
Check out the unique presentation of this Negrense fish dish.
A recommended starter or pulutan to kick off your buffet.
Of course, Negrense food is not complete without authentic Chicken Inasal.
Taal Vista's dinuguan is also a hit and one of the best I've tasted.
We ordered bam-i specifically for the kids. You can customize the type of noodles and the toppings that go with it.
Another Filipino snack favorite of coconut milk and ube sauce with sago and palitaw balls.
My wife's favorite! :)
Chef Aracama's ginumis-inspired concoction.
You can order it with shredded or chunks of Choc Nut. :)
TAAL VISTA BREAKFAST
My weakness and personal favorite for breakfast. :)
Their beef tapa has improved. It's more tender and tastier.
The kids' favorite, with cheese oozing out the middle of the sausage.
Don't miss our favorite Filipino Chefs at Taal Vista! Chef Fernando Aracama's 2nd run will be this coming weekend, Chef Sau del Rosario's on the last two weeks of September, and Chef Bruce Lim's on the first week of November.
CULINARY GEMS: A Festival of Filipino Flavors
Taal Vista Hotel celebrates 75 years of heritage and happiness with a 12-weekend buffet series featuring celebrity guest chefs and their unique interpretations of Filipino cuisine.
CAFE VERANDA at TAAL VISTA HOTEL
Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway Tagaytay City 4120, Philippines
Saturdays (lunch & dinner) and Sundays (lunch only) - P1,350 nett per person
- Chef Fernando Aracama ✮
September 6, 7, 13 & 14
Restaurateur and former Junior Master Chef judge
- Chef Sau del Rosario ✮
September 20, 21, 27 & 28
French-trained Celebrity Chef
- Chef Babes Austria
October 4, 5, 11 & 12
Former Executive Chef of Malacañang Palace and Taal Vista Hotel
- Chef Edwin Santos
October 18, 19, 25 & 26
Taal Vista Hotel Executive Chef
- Chef Bruce Lim ✮
November 1, 2, 8 & 9
Asian Food Channel host and entrepreneur
- Chefs Jackie and Rolando Laudico
November 15, 16, 22 & 23
Culinary tandem & celebrity endorsers
For inquiries, please call +632 917 8225, or visit www.taalvistahotel.com
For overnight with the family, consider getting the 2-Bedroom Deluxe--P14,730/night for 2 adults and 2 children.
What's New in Tagaytay 2014 Series:
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Disclosure: Our meal was courtesy of Taal Vista. I wrote this article with my own biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.
P.S. The main lobby is currently being renovated.
P.P.S. You can order a la carte in Cafe Veranda, but the buffet selections are way better. :)
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