By Shen Mascariñas
Take the usual movie-then-meal or Netflix-and-chill combo up a notch with a road trip to Tagaytay. Get to know bae even more as you share the same enclosed air for more than an hour (farting very likely), beat road rage together (or at least try to), and belt out your favorite songs. And that’s just the prelude to the best part—chilly weather, refreshing scenery and delicious eats await for the perfect date.
Considering you have to spend for toll and gas as well, here are Tagaytay restaurants that won’t rob your wallet (only bae’s heart).
Domicillo Design Hotel, KM 8, General E. Aguinaldo Highway, Cavite, Tagaytay City
0936 980 9656 | Facebook
Open on weekdays from 9am to 9pm, weekends from 9am to 10pm
Date budget – P900
Nestled in the ultra-chic Domicillo Design Hotel is a Japanese restaurant offering great grub and a spectacular view. Aozora will satisfy both purists and adventurous foodies. How does Bulalo Ramen sound? Other must-tries are the Dragon Maki, Wagyu Yakiniku Beef and the Tuna Avocado Salad.
Mon actually stands for Meant for Organic and Natural, so you can look forward to farm-to-table food. Such concept makes sense since Mon’s is the main restaurant of Camp Benjamin, which has a huge, integrated, natural farm. For merienda, try The Presley—a delectable sandwich with peanut butter, jelly, banana and bacon. And for something heavier, you won’t go wrong with their Braised Beef Shank.
Magallanes Drive, Tagaytay City
0922 829 8486 | Facebook
Open daily except Tuesdays from 11am to 8pm
Date budget – P800
More than its reputation as Jolina Magdangal’s restaurant, Memory Lane is actually a lovely date spot. This cozy country home will make you feel like you’ve been transported to the quaint, kitschy countryside. Here, you can enjoy a plethora of comfort food representing various cuisines. Just some crowd-pleasers are Mama’s Baby Back Ribs and Sinigang na Lechon.
Lime & Basil
9014 J. Rizal Street, Brgy. Sicat, Alfonso, Tagaytay City
0915 627 6393 | Facebook
Open daily except Tuesdays from 11am to 9pm
Date budget – P850
Spice things up with authentic Thai food at Lime & Basil. Their food is as fresh as it is flavorful since most of the herbs used are picked from their own garden. Taste the delicious difference upon biting into the Fresh Spring Rolls, Yam Sam O (or pomelo salad) and Pad Thai.
Curry-lovers will be deeply satisfied here as well. The Paneng Nua (or beef red curry with peanuts) is out of this world.