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How to Go on a Budget-Friendly Food Trip in Tagaytay

by Trisha Descallar
August 24, 2018

Tagaytay will always be everyone’s favorite driving-distance destination for, well, anything really. Whether it's a weekend breather or a day trip escape you're after, Tagaytay is bursting with things to see, do, try, experience—and taste.

Tagaytay has a number of fantastic food experiences for anyone from virtually any walk of life: adventurous foodies looking for that next big thing, time-starved families looking forward to catching up over a good meal, barkadas of free-spirited creatives hoping to dine al fresco without the sweat and the smog. Absolutely anyone, though, would love to avail of stellar food for safer prices, so here’s a list of Tagaytay restaurants where all you’ll need is ₱1,000 or less for a culinary treat.

1. Chateau Hestia

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This restaurant is named after Hestia, the goddess of the hearth. Why this is a fitting name becomes obvious the moment you walk into this a hidden corner of quaint European charm. Surrounded by rich greenery and kitschy decor, Chateau Hestia is your cottage in the woods with a little bit of European flair peeking from every nook and cranny. Chateau Hestia brings together casual dining and farm-to-table freshness through food that is finely and carefully prepared for a satisfying experience for all your senses and sensibilities.

Must-Tries: Pan Fried Salmon (₱650), Chicken Schnitzel (₱580), The 4 Cheese Pizza (₱750), Smoked bacon alla’ amatriciana (₱450), Panna cotta (₱195)

Bang for Your Buck: Get ₱500 Worth of Exquisite European Fare from Chateau Hestia at ₱325 (from ₱500) here. Limited-time offer only.

Chateau Hestia
J. Hernandez St., Purok 5,
Brgy. Bukal, Silang, Cavite
(0929) 711 3289
(0905) 352 4636

2. Balay Indang

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Indang’s balay, or home, may as well be yours too. Balay Indang has that very warm, home-away-from-home charm that beckons you to sit down and share a spread of lovingly prepared, home-cooked meals. Their selection of Filipino favorites is comforting in its familiarity but with an execution that excites the palate. All the greens are organic, either grown in the restaurant’s own farm or the neighboring Yoki’s Farm for an authentic farm-to-table experience. Balay Indang is not just a food trip, it’s a trip down memory lane: vintage memorabilia from bygone eras are displayed in various corners of the house. Their collection of mirrors and masks is also perfect for millennials and their constant search for the perfect profile picture.

Must-Tries: Fresh Garden Salad, Lumpiang Hubad, Grilled Liempo, Stuffed Chicken, Buko Bibingka

Bang for Your Buck: Get a Home-Cooked Lunch Buffet for 4 (Sat-Sun) at Balay Indang for ₱2,315 (from ₱3,087) here. Limited-time offer only.

Balay Indang
88 Mahabang Kahoy Cerca
Indang, Cavite
(0917) 837 4261

3. Balay Dako

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A must-visit for any trip to Tagaytay, this classy dining hall by the Antonio’s Group of Restaurants experiences pilgrimage levels of devotion for their weekend breakfast buffet. Any day, however, is a good day to dine at Balay Dako. With interiors reminiscent of architecture from an earlier era and a menu of Filipino food native in origin and cosmopolitan in inspiration, Balay Dako is an experience that truly needs to be tried.

Must-Tries: Lechon na Baboy (₱655), Sinigang na Balay (Baboy, ₱545; Bangus, ₱710), Pastel de Lengua (₱745), Special Bibingka (₱180), Turon con Tikoy at Ube (₱185), Taho Ice Cream ₱100)

Balay Dako
Nasugbu Highway
(046) 413 4866
Open daily, 11AM - 9PM

4. Mahogany Market

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Mahogany Market is just that—a marketplace, and a hustling, bustling one at that. If you really want to immerse yourself in the life of a local, look no further than the different stalls in this wonderfully colorful and endearingly chaotic explosion of typical Tagaytay fare. Don’t forget to avail of the señorita bananas and kapeng barako while you’re there; they’re free for all patrons and are served in glorious abundance.

Must-Tries: Bulalo, Adobong Pusit

Mahogany Market
Mahogany Avenue
Open daily

5. T House Tagaytay

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T House Tagaytay is an old-school bed-and-breakfast, a true B&B in every sense of the word. Their menu features an interesting selection of contemporary Filipino-Asian fusion cuisine, made with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. You can order items a la carte or let their set menus take you on a gastronomic journey. Either way, you will find yourself utterly charmed by this little oasis of clean lines and endless blue sky.

Must-Tries: Dry Tinola (₱550), Asian Bouillabaisse (₱375), Salted Egg Ribs (₱500), Bone Marrow Fried Rice (₱250), Chorizo Pasta (₱380)

Bang for Your Buck: Afternoon High Tea for 4 at ₱790 (from ₱1,000) or 3 Course Lunch/Dinner Tasting Menu for 2 at ₱890 (from ₱1,100) at T House Tagaytay here.

T House Tagaytay
3195 Calamba Road
(02) 788 7354
(0939) 903 9587
(0922) 8THOUSE or (0922) 884 6873

6. LZM

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Tagaytay is bulalo country. There’s practically a bulalo spot at every half-kilometer mark, but you don’t get as #OG as LZM. LZM is staple food; this simple, unassuming restaurant is a no-frills dining experience, you, your whole family, your whole barkada, and their whole families can enjoy for a budget that won’t break the bank. The meat on their bulalo is super tender, it practically slips off the bone. Don’t miss out on the free soup refills, too.

Must-Tries: Bulalo (₱520), Bangus (₱480)

Magallanes Square, Silang Crossing West
(0927) 792 2600

7. Gourmet Cafe

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As part of the Gourmet Farms group, Gourmet Cafe serves as their dining hall-slash-gallery. Their walls are just as finely curated as their menu, a well-rounded selection of Filipino-Italian fusion and Mediterranean cuisine. The space is surrounded by windows, bathing everything in gorgeous natural light that complements the art on the walls, which can be purchased by interested patrons. All the greens are organic and locally grown, and the shelves are full of interesting pasalubong finds.

Must-Tries: Hail Ceasar! (₱350), Filipino Breakfast (₱300), Off the Boat (₱300)

Gourmet Cafe
Km. 52, Aguinaldo Highway
Buho, Silang
(02) 757 3010
Open daily, 7 AM - 8 PM

8. Casetta Del Divino Zelo

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It’s tempting, oh so tempting, to keep this a secret, but no self-respecting list of recommended Tagaytay restaurants would not be complete without a mention of Casetta Del Divino Zelo. Casetta Del Divino Zelo is a little hut of a place, a secret Italian restaurant run by the convent nuns of the Daughters of Divine Zeal with Mother Isabella, herself an Italian, heading the kitchen. Casetta Del Divino Zelo features a small menu of truly authentic Italian fare that is practically a divine experience. The food is so simply so fresh and so clean-tasting, a no-frills experience that is simply inspiring in simplicity. Everything on the menu is made by the nuns from scratch, including the bread served in generous baskets. Not only does the food taste good, but it does good as well; the food from the restaurant supports the Tahanang Divino Zelo, a shelter for mothers and their children from unwanted pregnancies.

Must-Tries: Lasagna (₱250), Gnocchi (₱110), Ravioli (₱250), All-Cheese Pizza (₱250), Prosciutto con Arugula Pizza (₱570), Tiramisu (₱95)

Casetta Del Divino Zelo
4118 Km 47 Emilio Aguinaldo Highway
Lalaan 1, Silang, Cavite
(outside Ilog Maria’s Honeybee Farm)
(0927) 657 1458
Open on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 10 AM - 5:30 PM

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This article was last edited on July 11, 2019 by the DG Traveler team.

About Trisha
When she’s not obsessively feeding her Hobonichi Techo with stickers by local indie artists or yelling about her undying love for Star Trek Voyager on Twitter, Trisha Descallar spends many hours enjoying her work as a social media content creator, digital marketing consultant, and niche event organizer.

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