ANTONIO'S TAGAYTAY (celebrating Father's Day in advance)

At long last, an Antonio’s experience befell us! It certainly was a good way to celebrate Father’s Day in advance in this amorous spot. All the raves, rants and reviews we’ve been hearing and reading about Antonio’s Restaurant came to reality. And yes, we ought to admit that this is a must experience for anyone who loves fine food and superb (to say the least) ambiance. The moment we arrived, we were greeted and assisted cordially by the staff, from the gate to the entrance door of the main hall. From here, we’ve already felt that we’ll be treated too well. When the main door opened, a very relaxing, inimitable dining area welcomed us. Complete with lighted candles spotted all over the place transforming it into a romantic haven. Genuinely perfect for an intimate feast.

Restaurant's Gate

Entrance Door of the Main Hall

When the maitre d’ showed us the menu, we had a hard time selecting the best entree. All 16 looked very interesting. It’s the main entree by the way that will determine the price of your set, so make sure you order the one that will satisfy you best. With your chosen entree, the menu set will include a house salad, soup of the day, dessert and coffee or tea. You have an option to upgrade any of these from their a la carte selection with a corresponding additional price. For our main entree, we opted to have Grilled Peppered Sirloin Steak with Maitre d’ Hotel Butter (P1600) and Antonio’s Trio Sampler (P1600). We upgraded one of our salads to Foie Gras Potato Truffle Tempura for an additional P250. (Which is worth it, this is far better than the Foie Gras experience in Buon Giorno!). The truffle tempura taste is so yummy. It’s simply lip-smacking. It’s something that we’ll keep coming back for. In fact, this is what I enjoyed best in my set. For the Sirloin Steak, Rynel had it well done and was found to be tender and juicy. It's actually the maitre d hotel butter that made it special. In the Trio Sampler, it’s the Grilled Sea Bass that stood out. The salad relish harmonized the light flavour of the fish, not discounting the right softness of its texture. For the dessert, Rynel had their Flourless Chocolate while I had the Chocolate Soufflé with Cardamom Creme Anglaise. Both sinfully delicious, you’ll forget about the matching calorie intake. For our drinks, we decided on the refillable fresh Dalandan Juice (similar to what Sonya’s is serving – P130/glass). It’s refreshing and contrary to what we heard, the sweetness is just right. For the more daring, you might want to try the wines they’ve suggested in their menu that will rightly match your food. It’s unfortunate our stomachs were so full, that we regret to have forgotten to order our coffee or tea which was included in the set. Incidentally, this is the type of banquet that should not be hurried. It took us about an hour to munch through the whole meal. Even if we came with our one year old daughter, we took our time in relishing the meal. Besides, the food will be served one after the other depending on your own phase. This is another plus point, because you tend to enjoy the food without being overwhelmed.
For the bill, we paid a total of P4155.20 inclusive of 10%service charge and 12% vat. Thus, if you decide to check it out, allot a minimum of P2000 budget per person. You may blink on the cost, but anyway, however cliché it may go this is fine dining at its best.

House Salad

Foie Gras Potato Truffle Tempura Salad

Soup of the Day (we forgot to ask for its name but it tasted like Cheesy Dumpling Soup to us); surprisingly Sofie liked it so much :->

Grilled Peppered Sirloin Steak with Maitre d' Hotel Butter

Trio Sampler (Beef Medallion Gratinated with Assorted Mushroom, Mojito Crusted Lambloin, Braised Red Cabbage with Lamb Jus and Grilled Sea Bass on Truffle Mashed with Salad Relish)

Chocolate Souffle with Cardamom Creme Anglaise

Flourless Chocolate Cake

There are some things worth noting in this place apart from the food. Look at this door of the rest room, very ancestral. What more with its open-air concept, very adventurous. Eye catchy as well are the antique furniture used in the entire place which added to the old yet elegant mood. The dinner setting at Antonio’s is ideal for dating, small family gathering and private meeting. We’ll highly recommend the pond area. I can imagine this to be the perfect place for a marriage proposal. The lunch mood probably is more for friends’ get-together and bigger crowd assembly.

The Intriguing Rest Room

and its open air impression....

Our favorite spot, the Pond area

The Romantic Staircase

Antonio's antique bits and pieces
The food being pricey at Antonio’s is already given considering the quality that they will provide you. It’s actually the experience that you’ll come here for. Take it from us, it will haunt you positively. We can’t help but talk about it on our way home. We shared our own personal account of the food and how it’s prepared. It’s like having a “good hang over” if there’s such a thing. We’ll generously give 5 (out of 5) spoons for this restaurant. An exceptional food encounter, worth remembering is our way to end this Antonio’s dining experience.

Antonio's Restaurant
Brgy. Neogan, Tagaytay City
Strictly for Reservation; Closed on Mondays
Tel Nos.: 09178992866
046-4130975 / 046-4131054
Driving direction: From the Sta. Rosa exit, turn right after the toll plaza and Coca Cola plant then head straight thru the Sta. Rosa – Tagaytay road. Turn right when you reach the Tagaytay market then straight ahead passing by the infamous rotonda (where 7-eleven is). Continue your drive until you pass by Mendez Crossing (where the next traffic light is). You’ll see Antonio’s signage on your right roughly 3 – 5 minutes from Bag of Beans and immediately after the Tagaytay Transmission Tower. Turn right from here and follow the narrow road, you’ll find Antonio’s on the left side.


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