The last time I went to Tagaytay, I was broken hearted and was looking for an escape with friends. It’s always nice to recuperate from that crap surrounded by new surroundings and good friends. And with a second trip in the past few months, we are officially calling this Heartbreak Mountain. (NO, not my heart this time, thank goodness. I am fine and happy. 😛 )
So with good music, friends, snacks, and chitchat, we drove up to the cooler air of Tagaytay. It is about 2 hours away from my place. An easy drive if the traffic is light. And with the cloudy skies, the temperature felt colder than it had in months. And we were planning to enjoy it.
My friend suggested the restaurant and we agreed to try it. We were seated on the third floor of the restaurant, with the cool breeze blowing in our faces. We ordered warm bulalo (boiled beef bone with vegetables), kesong puti salad (fresh white cheese salad) and some shrimp in crab roe. We had rice of course. And mojito for the passengers and pandan luya iced tea for me (cockscrew pine and ginger iced tea).
The meal in itself was not memorable for me. Things I can easily replicate at home, and even make better. But it was just fine, nothing to complain about. Well, the salad was odd. It had a fish alamang dressing which proved to be ugly looking and too salty for the dish. But I like cheese and ate it anyway 🙂
We ordered dessert too. Some turon with ice cream (fried banana spring roll) and some puto bumbong (steamed purple rice cake with grated coconut, sugar and cheese). They were good, but again, nothing to go back home to. Of course, these are basic Filipino food that I think would delight balikbayans would love.. Maybe that’s how I think of just good enough Filipino food. More than anything else, it’s the view and the cooler climate you would go back to. 🙂