Balay Dako

Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Tagaytay, Cavite

Balay Dako
4.4
4.5 Stars

73 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 41
  • 4 stars 22
  • 3 stars 8
  • 2 stars 2
  • 1 star 0
  • 83 Reviews
  • 267 Recommend
  • 73 Reviewers
Category:
Filipino
Phone
+63464834847

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Parking:
Street, Parking Lot
Reservations:
Yes
Kids Menu:
Yes
Delivery:
Yes
Take Out:
Yes
Waiter Service:
Yes
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Ruth S.
3.0 Stars

Back when there was still Antonio’s Grill, my family would most of the time eat there. Though pricier than other Filipino restaurants in Tagaytay, people still opt to dine here because of the quality of the dishes and the service. The sisig and bulalo soup were our favorites.

When Balay Dako opened, a lot of people (including myself) were raving about their weekend breakfast buffet and how good this restaurant is. Not only were the dishes good, the place and location is so much better now. The ambiance and the view of Taal Lake.

Last Christmas, my family and I had breakfast here and we enjoyed the experience that we made sure to go back here for dinner.

After xxxx months, we finally had a chance to dine here. We arrived almost 8pm but the place was still packed with customers, mostly families spending their weekend together. We were 16th on the line and had to wait for around 30-40mins? Not bad considering we had to wait for 15 other groups to be seated before us.

Since we were pretty hungry (konti na lang hAngry na), we ordered right away.

| Orders: Beef Bulalo, Pancit Canton, and 3 cups of rice. Was also supposed to order something else for myself (I can’t remember anymore what I wanted that time) but 10mins after ordering, we were informed that it was not available anymore. (After 10mins pa talaga nalaman?? 128527128546).

They would usually repeat our orders before leaving just to confirm and avoid giving the wrong dishes. Our server did that and we confirmed.

After 15mins, our pancit arrived. A different pancit. Instead of the usual Pancit Canton, they served us with PANCIT NI ANTONIO. We were supposed to have them replace our pancit but parang ayaw na palitan ni kuya. Oh well, sige sige sige. 128530

127837 PANCIT. Good thing, this was good!! Generous toppings. It was tasty and my lola liked this.

And then the “star” of the night, BULALO NA BAKA.

127858 BULALO. Once you see this, you’ll somehow understand the reason behind the more than 1k price tag. The meat was HUGE!!!!! and oh so tender. Can be shared by up to 5 pax, I think. But there weren’t that much veggie added which is why this is just an okay bulalo for me. Would be so much much better and “reasonable” with more veggies. In terms of the taste, the soup was tasty and flavorful. Again, make sure to eat this right away because it taste different when not that hot anymore. Tip: Ask for soup refill. It’s unlimited. 128521

| Service. This was just okay. Different from Breakfast at Antonio’s. Servers aren’t that nice and respectful. 128527

Overall, it was just an OH-KAY experience. Maybe I expected too much? Maybe it was just a bad day? I don’t think I’ll go back here again anytime soon unless for breakfast. I can easily enjoy a good bulalo soup somewhere else cheaper (i.e., Josephine’s or Bulalo Point) but still with the same (or even more) bulalo goodness.

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Bella J.
4.0 Stars
10

It was my lola's 85th birthday yesterday and before today, she hasn't seen Taal. Ever. So my mom and titas decided to celebrate her birthday in Balay Dako.

Given the weather, it was no surprise that really thick fog greeted us the moment we arrived in Tagaytay and sadly, the famous view was nowhere to be found. And since it was raining, the tables in Balay Dako's veranda can't be occupied so it took us nearly two hours to be seated.

Balay Dako's breakfast buffet is only available during weekends and holidays. It's basically a Filipino cuisine feast priced at 700 bucks per head. The main stations include the ulam (which includes dried fish, tocino, adobo), egg station, rice station (dump some rice and mix-ins in a bowl and they'll cook it up for you), breads (banana bread, ensaymada, etc.), salad, kakanin (palitaw, puto bumbong, etc.), and drinks (coffee, teas, and juices).

What I count as my absolute favorite here is the Corned Beef. It's so, so good! And yes, it's not your canned corned beef. The meat is really tender and flavorful. In the four times I've eaten here, this and the bacon are the only ulam I get to pair with my rice.

I usually just go for plain rice but today, I decided to go for the fried rice. Salted egg has always been one of my simple joys (though I usually don't end up liking salted egg-flavored stuff) and I really love eating a meal composed of rice, salted egg, and tomatoes. That's it. Haha. So I went for that combination when I had my fried rice done. Unfortunately, I found the finished bowl of rice to be too peppery and I ended up wishing I just mixed it all myself and added a little soy sauce. Haha

Other favorites include everything that was perfect for the extra cold weather: champorado, taho, and mainit na tsokolate.

Don't expect too much with the salad bar and you'll be fine. Haha. There was also a basket of balut and penoy, which I chose to stay away from. If you like Kansi, it's also present in the buffet so don't miss out on it!

Balay Dako also has a store where you can find bottled fish in a variety of sauces, jams, and other pasalubong. As per my usual, I got a tub of another favorite of mine, galletas, though I was told that the jams are their bestsellers.

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Mico C.
4.0 Stars
3

Pagkarating na pagkarating namin, nagsitakbuhan agad ang ilan sa aming mga pinsan para makakuha ng litrato ng Taal. Kami namang "matatanda" ay naiwan upang pumila at mag-antay. Hindi bale, nakasunod din naman ako pagkakuha namin ng lugar para sa pamilya. Pakitingnan na lamang ang pangatlo kong litrato para makita ang kapiligirang pinamangha ako.

Una kong nakita ang lutuan ng piaya. Ibang klase ang pagkakalugar nila sa mga bagay-bagay. Ang lakas ng dating nila 'pagkat unang sasalubong sa iyo papunta sa upuan mo ay ang amoy ng niluluto na piaya.

Dahil malaki ang grupo namin (sampu kami), napili naming kunin ang Set E. Uunahan ko na kayong lahat, sobra ang Set E para sa amin. Unang una sa lahat, kalahati sa amin ay hindi nagkakanin, kaya may tira na kaagad kaming kanin. Ang mga nakapukaw sa aking pansin ay ang mga sumusunod: Tortang Talong, Sinigang na Hipon, Kare-Kare, at Inihaw na Pusit. Naging paborito ko sa lahat ay ang inihaw na pusit, ngunit tingin ko napili ko iyan dahil mahilig ako sa pusit. Nagustuhan ko ang Kare-kare 'pagkat magatas ito. Panalo rin ang kanilang bagoong. Isa sa naunang inihain ang tortang talong. Kaya siguro ako nasarapan kasi gutom na ako noon.

Maraming tao nung pumunta kami rito. Ito naman ata ang kadalasang napupuna ng mga taong pumupunta rito. Dahil dito, may mga pagkakataong nahirapan kaming tumawag ng pansin ng mga empleyado rito. Maliit na pintas kumpara sa masarap nilang pagkain.

Nung paalis na kami, bumili ako ng dalawang supot ng piaya. Ito ay naging pasalubong ko sa mga naiwang miyembro ng pamilya namin sa Maynila. Naisip kong isang supot para sa akin, at isang supot para sa kanila. Ngunit, pagkalapag ko pa lang sa mesa namin sa bahay, wala pang talumpung minuto, ubos na iyong dalawang supot. Napakasarap ng piaya nila.

Iyon na lamang! Ingat! #loolooDroneGiveaway

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Abe C.
5.0 Stars
4

Balay Dako is the awesome breakfast buffet (weekends only) and ala carte lunch/dinner restaurant by Antonio's group. For P700+ per adult and P450+ per child

TIPS:
+Must: Create your own fried rice. They'll have you fill up your bowl but can recommend what to put if you want, say, Tinapa, Bagoong or Talangka or others
+Must: in the Chafing Dish area: the assorted tuyo (danggit, etc.), beef tapa, Corned Beef (either the cooked one in the chafing dish or the fresh one in the carving station at the back)
+Must: Puto bumbong, Taho, cheese roll
+Must: Campo Rado is a fave for some but I like more the Guinataan
+Enjoy the view of Taal Lake 128522
+Come in early like 8am or 7ish to sit early as arriving 830 onwards means you likely wait for an hour to sit. But you can visit their Deli for snacks and bring home stuff.
+for weekdays buffet it's Breakfast at Antonio's

Others in the offering:
Assorted fruits
Filipino bread and pastries
Bread stuff (get the cheese roll) 🤣
Other food Longganisa, Pork Tocino, vegetables, omelettes/egg station, (I already mentioned the fried rice station), so much more. But it's extensive enough without a drop off in quality.

Resto Name Ratings, at a Glance: 
> Food & Beverage: 127775127775127775127775 (excellent variety and quality, even beverages)
> Service (Dine-In) : 127775127775127775127775127775 excellent and attentive and friendly staff
> Kitchen Service  : 127775127775127775127775 
> Ambience          : 127775127775127775127775127775 (great set up and view)
> Value for Money: 1277751277751277751277751/2 (quality buffet for a decent price)
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> Worth a Try      : Yes!!! A Thousand times yes!
> Worth a return : Absolutely! In fact I write this upon my return today. My first visit was easily a 5 in service and food. 2nd visit the food is a 4 while the service remained a 5.
> VERDICT          : 1277751277751277751277751/2 rounded up to a 5 (my first visit was easily a 5, this 2nd one is a 4 to 4.5 as there were issues with some food being less than they were before last July 2016 when I first tried it, but for now, 5 it is.

A must visit in Tagaytay both for the quality buffet, good price, and the view.

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Foodcrawl P.
3.0 Stars
4

Tried Balay Dako for Dinner. We booked a 40 seater Private Function Room for Php20,000 worth of consumable food and drinks. Set Menu is also available for group orders. Not impressed by the food but Piaya is an instant favorite (great option for Pasalubong, too)

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Avi C.
2.0 Stars

Ordered kare kare and lechon. It was pricey... and overrated! I'd go for Max's Kare kare and Elar's lechon anytime. Not worth the Tagaytay hassle. Boo! 128553

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Livid G.
5.0 Stars
2

Always a pleasure. Lahat masaraaaap. Longanisa Lang more on the sweet than garlicky side.

Egg omelette station for the win! Take atsara or ensilada to rest your taste buds

**This review is for their breakfast buffet

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Sandy V.
3.0 Stars
2

Amazing view but service and food was okay

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Ernesto C.
2.0 Stars

We arrived at 11am hoping to be ushered in quickly but we were number 50 and they were only at number 30. We waited for 15 minutes and the number moved to 38 so we thought that we could get in within one hour as there were a lot of vacant tables inside but they were not letting people in. We got in at 12:10pm amd ordered but our order took another 40 minutes to arrive. We dont plan to come back. I hope you can learn from my bad experience. Dont go here for lunch!

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Nica E.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Bella J.
5.0 Stars
8

100th post!!!! Yay! 127881

Had a day-early birthday celebration with my friends here last Saturday since I really wanted to go on the breakfast buffet.

We arrived at around 7:15 and we were already 14th in line lol But we were brought upstairs in no time. It was a treat to see my friends' reaction to the place. It really is really pretty.

The breakfast buffet is only available on the weekends and holidays. It's priced at Php700 per head

There's a make your own fried rice station with numerous ingredients you can mix into your rice. Right next to it is the egg station.

All the viands are right next to each other. Drinks, salads, and cheeses have their own stations too.

You can also find arroz caldo, different types of bread, kakanin, champorado, cereals, and even taho in the buffet!

Recommendations: tapa, puto bumbong, champorado, hot chocolate

Overall, we had a great experience! The house is beautiful. We sat outside so it was really windy. Bring sunglasses if the sun bothers you!

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Luisa E.
5.0 Stars
3

We ordered Tanigue kinilaw, roast chicken and crispy pata. We also ordered unlimited garlic rice and iced tea. It cost us PHP2500, it was worth it they were all perfection, not exaggerating. The food is SO good, plain and simple it was just really delicious. I finally understood what the hype was all about.

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Ruth S.
4.0 Stars
10

Buffet Breakfast!!! Ahhhhh!! I've been wanting to try their breakfast buffet but never had the chance. So I'm not letting the year (well, I did not let the year end) without going here w my family.

The day after Christmas, I suggested that we try the "famous" Balay Dako breakfast buffet. Since it's still almost my birthday 128540, they all agreed!! Yayy!!! 128588🏼

We arrived a little before 730am and the line was loooooooong already so we had to wait for I think a little than 30mins. Not bad since I read that some had to wait for almost an hour just to get a table.

There was a storm during our visit so the al fresco area was closed and they had to open the first floor just to accommodate everyone. It was a hassle having to go up and down whenever refilling and getting more food that we ended up just eating a lot of cheese rolls while standing and walking around the buffet area. Plus it was too hot in our area, as well. Yes, there's a storm it should be cold (+ Tagaytay weather) but it was surprisingly still hot. 128563128563 Good thing at 9am, we were able to get a table upstairs. Though too late already and we have at most 1 to 1.5hrs left, we were still able to at least eat "decently".

Anyway, they have everything you could ever want and ask for!! Everything PINOY ALMUSAL, they have it all here! 128076🏼

My FAVES:
- CHEESE ROLL!! Soft cheesy yummy cheese rolls! Must must must! 128155
- Spanish bread was good too (but I still prefer Fortune's)
- Champorado. Nothing like a bowl of hot champorado + tagaytay weather. Add some salted fish or bacon!!!
- TAHO!!!
- Egg Station because egg is lyf!! 128155 I like that I can have all the types of egg I want - omelet, scrambled, sunny side up! 1285571285251285631285411285139786
- Hot Chocolate/Tablea. Thick rich chocolatey and not too sweet hot chocolate drink. 9749127851

They also have fresh fruits, different kinds of kakanin (too bad the biko ran out fast 128557), puto bumbong, piyaya, lugaw, silogs (tapa, corned beef, tocino, longanisa, fish, etc.), you can also create your own fried rice (we tried the tinapa aligue rice), iced coffee, and a whole lot more. Madami talaga!!!!

SERVICE. They should have done something better about the crowd + space issue. A different set-up maybe? It was just a hassle especially for those groups with senior citizens, pregnant, or disabled companions. But overall, service was still good. The servers were nice, fast, approachable, and even helped us by bringing water and coffee to our table downstairs. Also, since it was my birthday, I was surprised that they heard my family greeting me so they gave us free ice cream w candle. 128525128513128077🏼

PLACE. Despite the storm which prevented us from really appreciating the place and the perfect view of taal, we still enjoyed our stay. The view.. sobrang ganda talaga!! 128525

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Myzyl C.
5.0 Stars
2

Balay Dako is a great place to dine. The interiors, the food, the service are just superb! We got sizzling bulalo, sinigang na lechon baboy, and pinakbet rice. All were served in huge serving, good for 4-5 people. I really want to come back here because the experience is just amazing! 128077🏻128557

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Clarissa P.
5.0 Stars
10

Balay Dako has always been in my must visit list for Tagytay. I have read mixed reviews about their breakfast buffet but I was still determined to go. We got the chance to visit on New Years Day - Jan 01. We tagged along the whole family, woke up very early and reached the place around 7AM. With very few hours of sleep, we braved the cold rainy Tagaytay morning and it was a surprise that there was no queue. In less than 5 mins., we got our long table and we started our New Years Day feast!

The restaurant itself was such a beauty. Resembling an old house, Balay Dako means "big house" in Ilonngo. I loved how rustic and elegant the restaurant was. Well kept, organized with three levels. The location of the buffet area that morning was grand. A great view of the Taal Lake, very spacious, long tables, chandeliers and huge windows. It was like entering a grand dining hall in an old house. It was so beautiful.

The breakfast buffet spread was obviously Filipino with some Western touches. A CEREAL STATION for the kids, a station for the usual PINOY BREAKFAST STAPLES - tocino, bacon, adobo, etc. wich I both skipped. There's a station for SOUPS like Arroz Caldo, Champorado with an option of dilis or tuyo as topping - which I absolutely loved, Kansi and Ginataang Halo-Halo which was too sweet for my liking.

There was also an OMELETTE STATION where you can create your own then they'll cook it for you. What I liked most though was the FRIED RICE STATION. Here you can choose which ingredients will go into your friend rice. Genius! I mixed my own with streamed rice x garlic bits x spring onions x beef x anchiovies and lots of taba ng Talangka. Gosh, this was so good!

Then the station that I absolutely loved - the BREAD STATION! Oh my heart. Here I found the best Cheese Roll in the land! Soft and filled with a generous heaping of cheese, smothered with margarine and sugar, sinking my teeth into these rolls was such a delight. It was the best and I inhaled 4 in one go! There was also Spanish bread here that was so good and their Ensaymada with Queso De Bola - do not skip! Carbs on the first day of the year? I but I didn't mind at all. There was Piyaya, sweet bread, the usual dinner rolls and pandesal that you can accompany with an assortment of cheese, jams and an assortment of spreads with cream cheese as the base.

There was also a PUTO BUMBONG STATION where they will make the delicacy as you request for it. Beside it was the PENOY AND BALUT STATION and the TAHO STATION which I also took advantage of.

They didn't have a carving station but there was this station offering slabs of Corned Beef. DO NOT SKIP THIS STATION! The Corned Beef was just so good - salty and a little sweet, hints of garlic and a good portion of fat.

A SALAD AND FRESH FRUITS STATION was also in place. Everything was sitting on top of ice cubes to maintain their freshness.

Last station was the "kakanin" and all things puto. There was Sapin-Sapin, Putong Puti, Suman, Maja Blanca, Small Bibingka Cups and even Palitaw.

Beverages was included in the buffet. A selection of lemon and herbs infused water, iced tea, juices, coffee and even iced coffee. What I loved the most though was the Tsokolate Batirol Station. The hot chocolate was perfect for the cold weather. It was rich and thick and delicious. I can't remember how many cups I consumed.

Buffet price is pegged at 700Php for adults, 450 for children, free for toddlers. This does not include service charge and tax yet so total damage per person would be around 800Php. Totally worth it, IMO, given the location, the ambiance and the selection of food.

We maximized our time here and left around 10AM already. Everybody had a great time and we all went home super stuffed!

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Jamee U.
4.0 Stars

We came here at 10am since we were expecting the huge crowd. 11am is their opening time. It seems that a lot of people have already decided what they should be ordering as we were browsing at the menu for more than 15mins.

Our order included bulalo, baby squid in olive oil, palabok, bistek tagalog ( this is what i would recommend), ensalada and pinakbet.

Everything was good and expensive. Haha. Well, at least we had a very good view of Taal Lake.

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April H.
4.0 Stars
3

On our way home from a quick staycation, I asked my fiance if we could have lunch at Balay Dako. It was a rainy afternoon during the off-peak season, but the place was packed. We were #95 and they were serving around #60. We ended up waiting for 40 mins, so having reservations are preferrable. Especially when you are hangry! We passed the time by buying jam from their store and eating freshly cooked piyaya. Piyaya was just okay tasting, but it smelled so good! Great marketing stunt btw...

While waiting, I went around the big house converted into a restaurant. Definitely a Tony Boy Escalante touch right there. I noticed that the staff were in same uniforms as in Antonio's and Breakfast at Antonio's. I went up to the Terraza and saw that they were already using it to serve the lunch crowd. Too bad the fog obscured the view.

When we were finally called, we made our way to the Comedor area. I really liked our seats facing the windows, though Taal was covered up by the fog. My fiancé ordered chicken skin and SML just as we were sitting down. We were both really hungry actually. We also got the bistek tagalog, pancit ni Antonio, and the satay rice to share. I enjoyed the chicken skin but I preferred to eat the entrees. I liked the bistek tagalog and it was perfect with the satay rice. The pancit ni antonio had so many ingredients and tasted great. My fiancé loved it!

For dessert, we ordered the turon con tikoy at ube. This is something we do at home and their version was less oily but similar in taste. It was okay, I think you can skip this and the piyaya.

We noticed that the staff were already tired, struggling to keep up with the seemingly unending lunch crowd. It was around 230pm by the time we finished eating and the dining room was still full. They did give us our orders but we had to follow up with the water, utensils, hot chocolate, and the bill... I guess that's the Sunday crowd for you... Despite this, I think it's a great place to bring the whole family for a hearty meal.

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Reich T.
5.0 Stars
7

Balay stands for House,  Dako stands for Big.  How do i know this....it is pretty simple.  I learned the dialect while i was in exile in Iloilo.

I've heard raves about this restaurant from both the foodieverse and friends.  I've been meaning to try Balay Dako for the longest time but it is a constant battle between my curiosity and proximity.  Boy,  i was glad that Balay is part of our Tagaytay Food Crawl.

First.  The Interior.

This is by far the prettiest restaurant I've ever seen!  The view is breathtaking,  a quiet meal while gazing at the majestic taal.  The interior reminds me of dem old Spanish mansions.  I kept on gazing at the stairs and expecting Maria Clara to appear. 

Second.  The Food.

Paella.  This is Balay's version of the Valencia classic Paella Mixta (a combination of seafood and meat).  Freestyle version that consists of seafood,  meat and veggies.   Balay's Paella is King!  The rice is cooked in crab fat making it sinfully delicious.  The meat x seafood is cooked perfectly.  In all honesty,  i don't  need the protein,  i can live with the rice. 

Kansi.  Think of this as red bulalo.   Why red,  you ask...well the broth sports the hue.  I wonder why it's red...blame it on the batwan.  The souring agent indigenous to Negros makes the broth red and adds a lil tang.  This equally delish too,  the meat js fall-off-the-bone tender and the broth is a symphony of flavors. 

Lechon.  I didn't get to taste this one as the plate failed to reach out side of the table.  Gone in 60 seconds sort of thing!  It goes to show that dem lechon is so friggin good.

Balay Dako is truly one of those places worth visiting again and again.  I will categorize them under the "Triple Threat" restaurants. See reasons below:

| Good Food
| Excellent Ambience
| uhmmmm...The Paella,  guys!

Peace Out!

Reich

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Inna A.
3.0 Stars
5

When I first stepped in this place I was immediately wowed by the elegant interiors, huge space and beautiful tables and chairs.

The view was uhhhhhhhmazing! They had wide windows over looking the Taal Volcano. The wide open space partnered with the cold breeze was just perfect for late lunch.

First order of business, Legua! It was delicious and the ox tongue is super tender. The sauce alone is enough as a viand.

Kalderetang Kambing- I love Kalderetang Kambing. Whenever I see it on the menu, I make sure I order it. Out comes the order, I was shocked at how small the serving was. And then I tried to cut it with my fork, it wouldn't budge. The meat was so tough, we had to ask the server for a knife, to which he gave us a bread knife. The taste wasn't that appealing either, it was quite bland for our taste. It didn't even taste like goat, it tasted like beef. But I really cannot get over at how tough it was.

Pinakbet- this was probably the best dish for me. The sauce is flavorfull and the vegetables were cooked perfectly.

I don't eat Tawilis but the fambam said it was delicious.

Garlic Rice was good.

The service was slow in my opinion.

I found the price very steep for the quality and quantity of food. I loved the ambiance and the interiors of the place, most especially the view.

But I cannot say that it compensated for the okay food, small serving and steep prices.

Would I come back? Probably for the breakfast. People rave about their breakfast. So, we'll see.

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Dianne C.
3.0 Stars

Went here for dinner, so it was quite cold. The place was really nice and spacious, you'll get an "antonio's" vibe but more casual. We ordered kinilaw128031 which was okay, lumpiang shanghai which tasted more like fried spring rolls -delish128522128523, bulalo and other stuffs I already forget 128514. But they were all okay . Nothing really special. 128556

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