Balay Dako

Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Tagaytay, Cavite

Balay Dako
4.4
4.5 Stars

72 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 42
  • 4 stars 21
  • 3 stars 7
  • 2 stars 2
  • 1 star 0
  • 80 Reviews
  • 259 Recommend
  • 72 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

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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Jom L.
5.0 Stars
5

One of the best restaurants in Tagaytay! Or should I say, the best restaurant in Tagaytay. The ambiance, the view, and the food were all really really good. Perfect place to bring your loved one, and your balik bayan friends who wants to try Pinoy dishes.

We got Crispy Tawilis, Laing, Grilled Tuna, Hito, and Spareribs. Usual Filipino food, but the taste of each dishes stands out.

Will definitely be back! Heard they also offer buffet breakfast, good reason to visit this place again.

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Josette P.
5.0 Stars
6

Easily one of my favorite go-to Filipino places at Tagaytay; Balay Dako. When this was introduced by the Antonio's Group, I find the exterior appealing and the food is sumptuous.

We're a group of 13 so the group meal looks more favorable to us than having individual ones. We had Set D, priced at Php 6,600. Before I began to enumerate their food, I would just like to say that it's so many I thought I'm already at a Filipino buffet. So what we had are the following:

Kare-Kare - one of my favorite as its creamy peanut butter sauce with the crunchy veggies and tended meat also with bagoong
Bulalo - what is Tagaytay without this, right? Big chunks of those beef with bone marrow served in big bowl of hot soup
Lechon Kawali - fried to its crispiness but you know it's been boiled beforehand because it has less oil and the meat is so soft and tender
Sisig - well this is a nah for me cause it's mostly liver which I don't eat. But my friends who loves liver says it was good!!
Ginataang Gulay of the day or during ours it was Monggo - this was perfect for the lechon kawali. I like their version cause even if it has coconut it has a smooth texture and not so heavy.
Grilled Milkfish - now I believe I saw one of the biggest Milkfish ever. It probably weight a little less than 3kg. Boneless and seasoned well with those tomatoes and onions to top it all. Perfect!!
Chicken Inasal - talk about grilled food is this chicken inasal; pecho and paa to be exact. I love its flavor, which is good for with some soy sauce and vinegar.
Vanilla and Ube Ice cream - this one is for dessert while others opt Mais con Yelo. I prefer the Ube Ice cream because it's milky but at the same time you can taste the real ube on it. It's topped with some pinipig.

Writing them down again makes me full again. Always a satisfied customer when leaving this place. The staffs are accommodating and pleasing. Always willing to help with side orders or any other needs. You also get to enjoy their view of Taal. Now that Christmas is coming, cold breeze fill the room.

Definitely one of the few places who holds their passion to cooking with pride and integrity. I'm on my quest to trying their buffet brunch next time.

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Wennifer C.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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