After 10 years, we were able to go back, with the boys this time, to Yoki’s—now the biggest hydroponics farm in the Calabarzon area, the coolest zoo in the vicinity of Tagaytay and a bed & breakfast with all-day breakfast dining restaurant as well.
Here’s why you should visit Yoki’s Farm on your next trip to Tagaytay’s Mendez area.
All Day Breakfast Restaurant
The restaurant is quite homey, like going into the large living room with an open kitchen of a modern house.
You can reserve the long table beside the window to have a garden feel and order from the All Day Breakfast Ala-Carte Menu.
Spinach Mushroom Dip with Assorted Bread (₱280).
Start with the Spinach mushroom dip made from farm harvests and assorted bread baked fresh from the kitchen.
Spinach and Ricotta Crepe (₱225). organic spinach, ricotta, grilled tomato.
This savory crepe oozed with melted ricotta. The spinach balanced the flavor.
Stuffed Squash Blossoms with Marinara Sauce (₱280).
Another good appetizer was the ricotta-stuffed fried squash flowers.
Spinach and Strawberry Salad (₱390). organic baby spinach, butter lettuce, strawberries, feta cheese, balsamic dressing.
The vegetables were picked fresh from the farm and served with a simple dressing.
Tenderloin Beef Tapa (₱290). homemade beef tenderloin tapa, fried egg, garlic rice, salted egg, and tomato relish.
The tapa was lean, tender and well marinated—very comforting to eat with the cool weather.
Oats Caldo (₱135). arroz caldo made with oats, boiled egg, fried garlic bits.
This was the best tasting healthy arroz caldo I’ve tasted, and it was made with oats, not rice. A must order.
It’s good to have lunch first before going around the farm to burn the food you ate.
Banana Nutella Crepe (₱135). banana, Nutella, whipped cream.
The desserts were comfort classics, like banana and Nutella crepe.
Mulberry Cheesecake (₱150).
The mulberries were picked from the farm right before being added to the cheesecake.
Cookie Skillet (₱380). with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.
Sometimes you want to end with a comforting American dessert of cookie ala mode.
Hot Chocolate (₱100).
The desserts went well with their coffee and hot chocolate.
Yoki’s signature installation is the biggest laughing Buddha in the Philippines.
Peacocks roamed freely in the Buddha’s courtyard that was full of lion, dragons and different statues.
You’ll get mixed feelings of blessedness and weirdness with the different religious symbols.
The best part is the private collection museum of Chinese jade, antiques, replicas, ceramics and other kitschy items.
As you enter, you are welcomed by the Large Chinese Carved Jade Twin Dragon Boat.
Can you tell which ones are real, antique or replica?
A collection of old billiard tables used as foundation for the Buddha altar.
The most expensive item in the collection is this Green Jade Dragon Boat…
…with intricate details and some surprises.
Terracotta warriors replica and Filipiniana Baro’t Saya.
Scales of Justice with a quirky collection of deodorant balls.
The most precious stuff is securely stored within a glass enclosure.
Some are a bit creepy like this baby doll.
Some are a bit funny.
This is a collection of old typewriters, computers and other appliances.
Orchidarium, Aviary & Reptile Park
They have a budding collection of birds and orchids…
…and baby reptiles that the boys loved—
Yoki’s is the biggest hydroponics farm in the Calabarzon area and they supply vegetables to most of the markets in the region.
It was cool to point out to the kids where the vegetables they ate came from.
They have different kinds of lettuce and other vegetables.
You can learn how to be a hydrofarmer for ₱1,500/person.
The best part of the farm is the Savannah where your boys can sing “Old MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O.”
You can have a farm tour for ₱200/person plus ₱100/group for the tour guide.
All kinds of ducks: local ducks, Peking ducks and those from Rouen, France.
Local wild black pigs.
Small cute ponies…
…that kids can feed with hay.
Yes, they have ostriches that kids can feed with leaves.
They also have a Cassowary which is the third biggest flightless bird next to the Ostrich and Emus.
The main attraction are the zebras with their black & white stripes.
They were very friendly and even young kids could feed them.
Bed & Breakfast
You can sleep in the farm now. It offers a big family room with three beds.
Family (5 Pax) = ₱9,000 overnight including breakfast and farm access.
Premier (4 Pax)= ₱7,200 overnight including breakfast and farm access.
+ ₱1,000 for additional person with farm access only
The restroom is simple and clean, with shower, toilet and bidet facilities.
There’s also a single room for an intimate couple stay for ₱4,500/night for 2 pax including breakfast, farm access, and night garden/pool access.
Pool and play area for kids.
A nice garden and a koi pond.
They are now building the new grand entrance with a nicely paved driveway as part of their expansion.
This is a great place to bring the kids for a farm-to-table experience, interaction with animals up-close and exposure to the farm’s quirky collection.
The food options were limited, and I do hope they soon offer Filipino family comfort food favorites which are perfect for a family outing in the farm.
You can stay overnight to have a feel of farm living and to enjoy the place all to yourselves. Make sure to bring your family to Yoki’s.
Live an Awesome Life,
Disclosure: Our meal and farm tour was courtesy of Yoki’s Farm. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions and insights.
P.S. We did not like the Paella and the Grilled Beef Tenderloin Skewer (a bit dry). Hope they can improve these.
Chorizo and Chicken Paella (good for two – ₱595).
Grilled Beef Tenderloin Skewers (₱385). tenderloin beef, onion, bell pepper, garlic yogurt sauce, pita bread or buttered rice.