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Food Trips | Where to Eat in Tagaytay

Taal Lake and Volcano - from Tagaytay Picnic Grove

Tagaytay is a favorite weekend getaway destination for families and friends from Metro Manila. And why not? It's just two hours (moderate traffic considered) from here in the Metro; its climate cooler; with lots of activities to spend time with friends/family, especially nowadays. But it's not just the cool weather and activities, of course; Tagaytay is a place for food tripping, too.

Here's the list of restaurants we've tried over time during the several road trips we've made to Tagaytay.

Mushroomburger

Mushroomburger, I guess, will always be in the list of restaurants/food joints to try in Tagaytay. It's famous for its mushroom-mixed burgers but it also has branched out its products, most of which, still mushroom-based, of course. I've tried several of their burgers in the several road trips we've made in Tagaytay but these are the only photos I have from them: mushroom sandwich with cheese and mushroom fries. I like this sandwich since its lighter compared to other burgers and the mushrooms in it tasted fresh really. Mushroom fries is okay, too; a nice variation from the usual fries that we're all familiar with. ^_^

mushroom sandwich
mushroomburger mushroom fries
mushroom fries

Mushroomburger
Km. 60, Brgy. Kaybagal
Tagaytay City, Cavite

Tower Ground Bulalohan

If you've been to Tagaytay, you'll notice that most of the restaurants and eateries are lined up on the side where you have the view of the Taal Lake and Volcano. One of these restaurants and/or eateries is the Tower Ground Bulalohan. Its specialty: bulalo. But we just had bulalo from Rose and Grace the day we were there so we opted for their kare-kare and crispy tawilis instead. Kare-kare is good but it's the crispy tawilis that got me. It may not look that good but it tastes really good; it's so crispy we ate everything, even the heads, fins and scales...hehe!

crispy tawilis from tower ground bulalohan
crispy tawilis
kare-kare

Tower Ground Bulalohan
Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway
Tagaytay City, Cavite

Kaye Ryan Grill

Kaye Ryan Grill is the restaurant we've tried on our very first road trip to Tagaytay. My friend and I went on a road trip without researching on where or what to eat. We just spotted it, we stopped, we ordered foods. What we had: sizzling seafood and fish sinigang. Foods tasted good but a bit pricey, even at that time, a few years back.

sizzling seafood
fish sinigang, forgot what kind of fish hehe...

Kaye Ryan Grill
Tagaytay Road
Tagaytay City, Cavite

RSM Lutong Bahay Seafood Restaurant


After our Batulao adventure, my friend and I stayed overnight at The Overlook Inn, a budget hotel in Tagaytay. On the next day, we explored some of the attractions in Tagaytay and then went to this (RSM) restaurant for lunch. My words for RSM: very expensive, slow service, lots of waiting time! The foods are just okay, at least the ones we've tried but I don't think it's worth the money. For me, RSM is an overrated restaurant. I guess it's just popular because of the nice view it has of Taal Lake and Volcano. RSM: Lutong bahay, presyong hotel! :P

RSM lutong bahay restaurant
stuffed tilapia, ginataang kuhol, rice and iced tea for almost 900++ Php - very expensive, right?!

RSM Lutong Bahay
Aguinaldo Highway
Tagaytay City, Cavite

Rose and Grace Bulalo Restaurant

This restaurant is actually not in Tagaytay but rather in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. It's along the highway going to Tagaytay, though, so this usually is a part of foodies' and families' destination when they go to Tagaytay. Our favorite from this restaurant: bulalo, their bestseller! Rose and Grace is my friend's favorite bulalo restaurant ever since we've tried their bulalo from their branch in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. We've been here several times because we love their food; it's great and the price is reasonable, unlike that of RSM! :P

batangas bulalo at rose and grace restaurant
Rose & Grace's famous bulalo!
crispy crablets
grilled tuna with mango salad
crispy tawilis
not-so-Crispy Tawilis
Rose and Grace Bulalo Restaurant
Tagaytay Road, Sta. Rosa Estates
Sta. Rosa City, Laguna

Batangas | I've Met Good Samaritans in Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao
Mt. Batulao, Nasugbo, Batangas

Mt. Batulao is probably one of the most (if not the most) climbed mountains near Metro Manila. It's proximity here in the Metro makes it an ideal weekend camping or hiking destination especially for beginners and wannabes. One bus ride (around 2 hours), a short tricycle ride and 2-3 hours of hiking and you will be amidst the beautiful landscape of ridges and rolling slopes of Mt. Batulao.

Mt. Batulao Peak
Mt. Batulao Peak

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