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Where To Eat Outside Manila For Your Holy Week Road Trip

With the recent declaration that summer has officially started in the Philippines, it’s that time of year again when students are on break, families celebrate Holy Week in their hometowns in the provinces, and friends head out to adventures to new places.

So while planning for your own summer outings, whether just a day excursion or a planned long weekend getaway, make sure to include at least one top destination restaurant in your plans. Here are 4 of our favorites that are so worth the trip out of Metro Manila.

 

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Tagaytay 

Antonio’s

Purok 138, Barangay Neogan, Tagaytay City, (0917) 899-2866, (0918) 899-2866, by reservation only, smart casual dress code required

 

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Graceful arches, lush foliage, and Instagrammable Machuca tiles. After a two-hour drive from Manila, reaching Antonio’s mission-revival property heightens one’s excitement for the overall dining experience that awaits. The verdant oasis has become a favorite for the country’s discerning diners who appreciate Antonio’s excellent food made with fresh ingredients, many of which are grown on its own farm.

 

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Chef Antonio Escalante and his team believe that, although the quality of the food is the real focus, unforgettable meals are also made of crisp linens, exquisite service, and an idyllic ambiance.

 

 

Constantly recognized among the top restaurants in the Philippines, Antonio’s offers a European menu but complemented by seasonal ingredients that are sourced or grown locally. Apart from the food, Antonio’s hacienda air matched with impeccable hospitality completes a remarkable meal in what has become a must-visit in Tagaytay.

 

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Marcia Adams

J. Rizal Street, Barangay Sicat, Alfonso, Tagaytay City, (0917) 801-1456, reservations recommended

 

Tagaytay, despite the occasional heavy traffic, is still one of Manileños’ most popular quick escapes. And although a lot of the scenery has changed, there are still restaurants and cafés that make it a truly appealing getaway.

Amidst Alfonso, Cavite’s bucolic scene of hills, trees, and fields and reached by walking through a winding stone path, Marcia Adams is a preview of Tuscany, Italy. Rustic and charming, the restaurant is really a cluster of dining areas, each exuding its own Mediterranean flavor with wide windows, earth tones, and wrought-iron furniture.

 

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For a reasonable price, diners can enjoy a filling three-course meal consisting of an appetizer, main, and dessert. One can also choose to add more appetizers for a minimal cost. Favorites at Marcia Adams include Hummus with Whole Wheat Tortilla, Amalfi Prawns, and a comforting Galician Broth.

For the mains, must-tries are the Italian Pork Chop, a thick loin cut perfectly marinated with fennel and pepper, as well as the Greek Lamb Stew, a comforting serving of melt-in-your-mouth meat marinated with cinnamon, red wine, and tomatoes. Finally, the sweet end to a hearty meal at Marcia Adams would be the Panna Cotta with tart lemon sauce or the Fried Bananas with chocolate ice cream.

 

Laguna

 

Sulyap Gallery Café & Restaurant

Cocoland Compound, Barangay Del Remedio, San Pablo City, Laguna, (049) 562-9740, (049) 562-9735

 

 

Living up to its name, Sulyap Gallery Café & Restaurant offers a glimpse of the Philippines’ genteel past. Located within a bigger property composed of the restaurant, a museum, and a boutique hotel, Sulyap is a haven for those who want a quick vacation outside of Manila or those who just want to spend a day amidst art and culture.

 

 

A period bahay na bato, Casa Obando, houses the restaurant. It was relocated from Obando, Bulacan and was painstakingly reconstructed to give diners truly experiential Filipino dining moments. Antique pieces complete the ensemble but what makes it memorable is the Southern Tagalog food that is offered.

 

You can start off with a refreshing pako (fiddlehead fern) salad, laden with salted egg, tomatoes, and local vinegar. This can be followed by a quintessential Southern Tagalog dish, Pancit Habhab or stir-fried noodles with grilled pork belly and vegetables, spiced with vinegar. For the main, a must-order is a San Pablo specialty: Kulawong Talong or a medley of grilled eggplant and smoked-flavored coconut milk topped with grilled pork belly. Sounds heavenly, right?

 

Baguio

 

 Hill Station, Casa Vallejo

Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City, (074) 424-2734, (0915) 829-2166

 

 

 

 

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Inside Casa Vallejo, Baguio’s oldest hotel, is a restaurant that has consistently been ranked one of the best in the city. With floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural light and the cool air into the dining area, Hill Station is a restaurant that can serve as a picturesque and romantic venue.

Whether you’re there for an early morning cup of highland coffee, a hearty lunch of mouthwatering Moroccan Spiced Baby Back Ribs, or tapas night, Hill Station’s expert take on Asian, American, and European cuisines comes through. You might think that the varying range of flavors might reflect negatively on the food quality. But at Hill Station, the food is consistently excellent 

 

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Whether you start your day with a generous breakfast plate of Baguio longganisa, heirloom rice, and eggs or cap off the evening with Portuguese picado or tender chunks of meat prepared similarly to salpicao, Hill Station is an easy (and popular) choice for those who wish to indulge in both beautiful ambiance and delicious cuisine.