Balay Dako

Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Tagaytay, Cavite

Balay Dako
4.5 Stars

54 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 33
  • 4 stars 18
  • 3 stars 3
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 62 Reviews
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Most Recent Reviews

Josette P.
5.0 Stars

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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Ria L.
5.0 Stars

This resto in Tagaytay is one of my favorites. The best time to visit this place is during Mondays or midweek where most people have gone to manila to avoid the crowd. It is also best to choose the seat with a view so u can enjoy ur food while looking at the majestic taal volcano.

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Hydz T.
5.0 Stars

Love the ambience!
Very relaxing. Yung pila lang ang di nakakarelax! 128518. You need to be there before 7am. If you will arrive 8am onwards brunch na ang kain mo dahil sa haba ng pila. Sat and Sun lang ang buffet breakfast nila.

Food was great!
More on Filipino food. From lugaw, dilis, ensaymada, puto may balot and penoy pa. 128521

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Aileen L.
5.0 Stars

Addition to the growing list of Antonios group of restaurants is Balay Dako.

I love all the Antonios group of restaurants and I'll make sure that if there's new one coming up, I will make sure that we will try it. It's one of my bucketlist this year 2016 to visit again Tagaytay as there was a lot of new restaurants opened and one of these was Balay Dako.

In Negrense, Balay Dako means house127969

At one time, family compounds were built around a large central home. Balay Dako became the gathering place. It was where family and friends come together to commemorate life's significant events like baptism, birthdays, weddings etc.

Balay Dako is a restaurant that proudly serves Filipino food. From native dishes created before hidden histories. Filipino cuisine is defined by struggle and acceptance , upheaval and adaptation.

In Balay Dako they celebrate every Filipino's shared sense of family and history with every dish that they serve.

Last July 22 Friday ,hubby and I decided to go to Tagaytay for a break. We deserved to relax and enjoy the food in Tagaytay. One of our main goal is to dine at Balay Dako. It was supposed to be a breakfast food trip but because we left late Manila, we got there around lunch time.

I heard some not good reviews about Balay Dako, and again, I don't believe till I try it for myself.

The place was easy to locate. It is located at Tagaytay Nasugbu Highway 4120 Tagaytay City Cavite. Besides Leslie's and Maxs across also Magallanes Square Tagaytay.

There was a very spacious parking so you don't need to worry. From afar , it's like an ancestral house. That's the trademark of Antonios restaurants. Your always at home127969.

We're just a walk-in guests and lucky we got seats right away inspite many people are already inside and to think of it it's a weekend.

The place was so big, very homey. Then the server gave us the menu. We asked him what can he suggest on what food we need to try here. We tried the following dishes.

🔸 Bistek Tagalog (380)
Beef sirloin marinated in soy sauce and kalamansi juice and sautéed with white onions

🔸Piniritong Sugpo at Sarsang itlog na pula (660)
This was a bomb! A dish I will never forget! Deep fried crabs and prawns served with a salted egg sauce! You need to try this dish

For dessert:
🔸Turon Con Langka at Saging (160)
A dessert spring rolled filled with jackfruit and banana

The plating was perfect, expected as it was Antonios restaurant, the food was delicious , and for the price , it speaks for itself! 128076127860

Service was fast, I enjoyed the cool breeze of Tagaytay , I can feel the fresh air and it was raining that time so everything was perfect.

Before going home, we check out also Balay Dako deli. They sell Filipino delicacies for pasalubongs. Got Ube Lengua and Lengua Vanilla for around 150 pesos. They sell quality delicacies here.

If it's from Antonios, it must be good128076
I'm home 127969127860

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Eboy D.
5.0 Stars

Dining at Balay Dako can be a hit or miss depending on the time and day of the week you visit, and the dishes you order. On this particular visit, it was a pleasurable dining experience.

It was a surprisingly light drive going up to Tagaytay that Saturday past. We arrived at Balay Dako 10:45 am and a number of guests are already on queue. After giving my name and number of guests, we decided to do a quick look at their Deli Shop. Some of their items are quite expensive that you can have it cheap elsewhere but some items are must buys such as the Ube Cheese Loaf and Monggo Roll (Balay Dako specialties).

Once called, we were ushered into this huge dining hall, brightly lit care of the majestic Taal Lake. Once seated, we ordered a number of items - you can have a nice lunch without breaking the bank, it all depends on what you order. We ordered a meat, fish and vegetable dish. We are light eaters so we had the Binukadkad na Pla Pla, Kare Kareng Gulay (peanut and giniling na bigas goodness without the meat), Half Balay Dako Fried Chicken, Kalderetang Kambing and 250grams of Lechon, and white steamed rice.

Reading past reviews I was hesitant to try the Lechon, to my surprise we enjoyed every bit and morsel of it, crispy skin and all. The lechon was very soft and moist, there was no struggle when chewing. The texture was as soft as chicken. The skin was crisp and succulent. So good even without the liver sauce. I think we were given the premium belly portion of the pig. The fried chicken had a coating similar to camaron rebusado, a little darker and crunchier. The family loved the Kalderetang Kambing the most, it tasted fresh and did not had the foul aftertaste common when cooking kambing. The tomato sauce was rich and had potatoes and bell peppers.

Service was quick and systematic. Our server was jovial and had a pleasant smile. Very sincere and quick to answer any questions we had. We may have visited on a good day, or perhaps improvements made after receiving service suggestions. If that is the case, keep it up Balay Dako management.

Senior discounts honored. Kudos!

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Aldwin D.
4.0 Stars

Time to review again.

Finally had the time to visit this place. After reading so many reviews about this resto.

First of all you have to be early here if you dont want to wait for a long time. Left manila at 5:30 and arrived at 6:30. Good enough for the 2nd place in line.

Yes everything that was mentioned in this place is true. Pinoy breakfast food served cooked and better presented. Place is elegant and clean. Service is very good. Friendly staff.

Unlike other buffet na after a while may item na mawawala and would be replaced by another item. They wont run out of the same dishes even when there is still a long line. Fresh and not re-heated.

What i like? Everything. But to mention some fave, corned beef two ways, but the one that is carved ia better.different fried dried fish, tapa. And special mention sa arroz caldo sarap.

Comes with a lot of drink choices. From hot choco not the instant, coffee and a lot of cold drinks.

Fresh fruits, bread. Taho station plus may balut and penoy pa.

Wag na mag antay. Try niyo na. Just be early. Very early. (When we finished at around 9 am, sobra na dami waiting, lunch buffet na ata tawag dun ha ha ha). Enjoy.

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Midz S.
4.0 Stars

We arrived the restaurant at around 9:30am for the breakfast buffet and parking spaces were available, so we thought there weren't a lot of people. Upon entering, we had our names listed, and to our dismay, we were the 25th in line (and they were just on the 12th)! So we had to wait for around 30 minutes to get our seats, but this wasn't a problem, since they have comfy sofas at their waiting area, and a shop just across this.

At around 10am we were assisted to our seats. Upon settling down, I immediately roamed around to take photos not only of the food, but of the beautiful, elegant yet simple interiors of the restaurant as well. The food stations are scattered around the edges of the room, while the seats and tables were at the middle and also outside (like a veranda setting).

The cuisine of the restaurant? Filipino. Which I believe perfectly matches the ambiance of the place: very homey, very classic Spanish/ Filipino mansion.

Food choices are:
Station 1 - longganisa, tocino, corned beef, bangus, beef tapa, bacon, chicken and pork adobo
Station 2 - arroz caldo
Station 3 - drinks
Station 4 - kansi soup
Station 5 - champorado, iced coffee, tea station
Station 6 - cereals, balut at penoy, puto bumbong
Station 7 - taho, hot chocolate, ensaymada, a different kind of corned beef
Station 8 - kakanin
Station 9 - pastries
Station 10 - salad bar
Station 11 - bread, jams
Station 12 - rice, spanish sardines, DIY omelette and rice
*I don't think this is the complete list of food, but I'm sure I listed most of them

Buffet price is P650 plus service charge. I think the price is pretty reasonable given the variety of food choices. However, I'm not sure how they cook the food and what the ingredients are, but I'm pretty sure I haven't tried even half of the food choices yet I felt so full so early. I also found the food in the first station a bit oily.

My favorites: corned beef, cassava cake, maja blanca, ensaymada

Plus!!! There's a wonderful view of the taal lake just outside the restaurant (veranda area).

My score:
Pricing - 4/5
Ambiance - 5/5
Service - 4/5
Taste - 4/5

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Liezzy M.
5.0 Stars

and i'm back!!! 128515 this time finally tasted their bulalo. worth the long drive from traffic manila on a rainy friday pay day night. 128077🏼 big serving, enough for 6 people.

the pla-pla is much bigger than previous vist... satisfied 6 hungry tummies.

love, love, love their resto 128525

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Chili G.
4.0 Stars

Was FINALLY able to try the famous buffet breakfast at balay dako! My sister has been requesting this for months already and I finally said okay 128513 breakfast service starts at 7AM and it's only until 11AM. No reservations, first come, first served basis.
Left Alabang at 7AM (128164128164128164128164128164) and was at balay by 8 via Santa Rosa way. My sister hurriedly got off the car so she can have our party listed. Even though we were there by 8, we were already the 7th on the list, 30 to 60 minute wait 128563 I guess they're prepared for a lot of waiting parties because there were long sofas in the lobby.
Srsly, I hate waiting. After more than 30 minutes I was getting antsy and was thinking like 'this better be worth it etc etc', 'who waits this long for breakfast??'. Anyways, we were finally seated at 9AM.
The breakfast area is located on the 2/F. It's not as big as the main dining area although there are also outdoor tables to accommodate more diners. In fairness, for 650 (710 w tax), worth it (sulit) naman yung buffet. Huge assortment of Filipino fare from champorado to puto even Balot. They also had their signature angus tapa which costs 450 at their other resto so sulit Na. For myself, I just concentrated on the bacon, tapa, DIY fried rice and tsokolate. Hubby tried everything even the Balot and fried bread 128513 the rest of my family really enjoyed the spread. There was even suman and taho. I also enjoyed he iced coffee (which you mix on your own). They also had an assortment of juices and teas.
Final verdict is worth it sya but you just have to be ready to wait. We heard that some parties were there by 6AM kalurx but it was definitely a good experience 128077🏼

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Serena M.
5.0 Stars

Such a great way to spend my lazy Sunday here in Tagaytay! 128156128156128156 Love the fresh cool breeze 12816899259729️ and the foods here 127860

Our 1st stop is Balay Dako by Antonio's.
This place is spacious and can accomodate large groups. We arrived at 11:00 am and we're ready for our brunch! Too bad we didn't reach their breakfast buffet which is until 11:00am only.

Here's our order:
Kansi 127775 - it's an ilonggo soup that is sort of like a cross between bulalo and sinigang. Actually this is our first time to try this recipe but sad to say, we didn't like it at all.. 128534
Lechon 127775127775127775 - the skin is not crunchy and the laman is not that tasty... For the sauce, we prefer mang tomas! 128055
Sisig 127775127775127775127775127775 - all time fave that's why kahit anong luto, masarap for us! 128522
Ginataang langka 127775127775127775127775127775
Squid ink rice 127775127775 - too salty 128547
Fried Tawilis 127775127775127775 - it thrives only in Taal Lake!For me, it's yummier if it's smaller.. 128031
Chicken Inasal 127775127775127775127775127775 - best paired with the sauce prepared by me 128541 (suka, toyo, onion and lotsa sili!!!! 128525)
Kalderetang Kambing 127775127775127775 - not that ok! Meat is not tender 128016
Sizzling Bulalo 127775127775127775127775127775 - simply the best!! 128156
Avocado and Strawberry milkshake 127775127775127775127775 - bagay for kids.. 128154128151 a bit sweet for me..
Piyaya 127775127775127775127775127775 - yummy pala! I thought it's not kasi! 128586 Best eaten while it's hot! It is like hopia skin with mascovado sugar. Only p65 for 6pcs! 128077🏻

Burrrrrpppp!!! Super full!!
Happy tummy = Happy Me 128523

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Jacqui T.
4.0 Stars

This time, it’s a review for their breakfast buffet. Not my favorite place SWEAR! They planned the breakfast here without asking me. Well the place looks different during daytime and I must thank them for this.

Having your eat-all-you-can breakfast with the fresh air and very nice setting. Oohh! It was very relaxing. You can have everything from champorado, lugaw, pandesal to kanin with bagoong and itlog na maalat. Name it! I am drooling now.

The buffet costs 650 plus service charge and I found it very costly for a breakfast. Geez! I don’t think I ate worth 650 pesos that day! Ha-ha! Humanda kayo pagbalik ko!

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Jacqui T.
5.0 Stars

A few days before I leave PH, I was asked by a friend to have a dinner in Tagaytay. Originally, we planned Marcia Adams' however the travel time did not fit into our schedule so we stopped here and tried to be one of their walk-in guests.
The place was very cool and ancient at the outside and spacious inside. The lady receptionist was also gracious to assist us even without the reservation. I don’t think you need one here btw.

It was a cold night so we ordered Bulalo na Baka and Binukadkad na Plapla. Their bulalo bowl was extremely huge and can be shared by 4-6 people [I guess]. The meat was tasty and soft, yet we were not able to finish all. My friend asked for an additional bone marrow and they gave him a lot! Woooah!

We tried to order the Chicharon Bulaklak, but it was not available that time so we just took the Binukadkad na Plapla. I’m not a fan of fish, but this one is good. Pati ulo kinain nya. Eeeeer!!!!

It was a good experience to have some Pinoy food before leaving because I am definitely missing all of it now.

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Patricia H.
5.0 Stars

The place is amazing. Very nice ambiance. For two people, i ordered the ff: the rice with crispy pata and pakbet BEST RICE EVER, lengua was okay, kare kare na gulay is okay too and so was the lumpiang sariwa. 5 star for that rice!

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Berry F.
5.0 Stars

The view from the resto on the second floor was so good! Taal lake seems very near from there. We went at Balay Dako with the whole family and we ordered their set meals. Food was great. They served our orders quickly.

Most of the foods we ordered were delicious. We had pumpkin soup, fresh kangkong salad with boiled egg and shrimps, calamares, sizzling bulalo and their regular bulalo, pork and chicken adobo, inihaw na bangus, lechon kawali and chicken inasal. For desserts, we had turon and ice creams.

We enjoyed the food and also the view. The place was romantic I recommend this restaurant for couples who are celebrating their love may it be their anniversary, monthsary or even just a regular day for them.
The crew and manager were very nice as well. We will definitely be back to this place again. 128523

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Janna L.
3.0 Stars

Food: 128077
Ambience: 128077
Service: 128078

Overall: this place is recommended for family and friends dining as groups since the food serving size is meant for sharing. The place in terms of ambience and view gives you a homey feeling except for the inattentive staff. We dine there past lunchtime but the service was still consistently slow. How much more during peak hours you think?

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Mike L.
4.0 Stars

You MUST order the Pinakbet with Lechon Kawali. Everything is else is forgettable. Would I go back just for this? Hmm YES!

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Randy J.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Denise Hanna F.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Hanna M.
4.0 Stars

We spent this year's Mother's Day at Balay Dako and it did not disappoint!

Setting: It had a great view of the Taal Lake. Interiors and exteriors of the place made it seem like you are visiting an old spanish style house. The place did not seem it had air-conditioning units; but you would not need it either since it is situated in higher ground, fresh breeze circulates the place. The place was huge. It had a main dining area, a private dining area and what seemed like a "merienda & drinks" place. They also have a beautiful terrace that overlooks the Taal Lake; so that alone sold us!

Food: We tried their specialty which was the "Sizzling Bulalo" did not expect that it would be good. It was creamy, and smoky. Food portioning is good too because 1 entree order can feed 2-3 people already (on average).

Service: Considering it was Mother's Day & a long weekend. We had to wait for roughly 30 mins to be seated. The staff was very accommodating and they even set out free water & snacks (that they baked themselves) for guests who are still waiting for a table. We only waited a maximum of 10 mins for our food and that was not bad for a wait at all.

Recommendations: Parking will be a problem, so come in early. Check their website if they accept reservations or not to get a table easily. Perfect for the family or if your date.


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