Last weekend was spent in cool Tagaytay for a nice break from the hustle and bustle of Manila life. It’s everyone’s favorite weekend destination to relax and unwind, with good reason. Tagaytay is wonderful in August- the weather is cool even during daytime and most places have rainy day promos but the rains (if any) don’t start until late afternoon to night giving you plenty of time to go around.
This is the first part of a three-part Tagaytay series. This one’s all about Tagaytay’s Residence Inn. To get there from Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, you take a right to Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway and head towards the direction of Batangas past the rotunda and Taal Vista hotel until you see the entrance sign. Soon as we got there, we made a beeline for the zoo and proceeded to coo at the cute one-month old tiger cubs right by the entrance (you can feed them baby formula!).
Tiger cubs, owls, alpacas, goats, miniature horses
and various amphibians at Residence Inn Mini Zoo (Entrance: p100)
While the animals were adorable (most specially the energetic tiger cubs and talented baby boars), we’re here to talk about the nomz! It was around lunchtime when we arrived, so we decided to eat there to be able to go around the zoo while waiting for the food. At Gazebo, the restraurant in Residence Inn, you experience al fresco dining while overlooking the pretty Taal lake.
Cool weather comfort food–
What better way to dine in cool weather than
to be slurping on hot soup?
Because of the cool weather, we just had to order hot soup. We settled on the classic Sinigang na Hipon (p220 +/-). Served in a palayok, it was exactly how sinigang should be, hot and tasty. It was surprisingly seasoned well, like yummy home-cooked sinigang, with plenty of shrimp and vegetables to go around.
Music sets the right tone and feel-
Residence Inn’s resident crooner had a nice baritone
During the meal, you get serenaded by Gazebo’s one-man-act with songs of your choice. Because we had no particular song to request, he sang for us three feel-good classic love songs which made the meal even more enjoyable.
Half a Honey Glazed Chicken (p160 +/-)
One of newer dishes in their menu is the Honey Glazed Chicken. We decided to get just half a chicken to try it. When the plate arrived, it looked like a lot and we had to ask them if they incorrectly gave us a whole chicken. They didn’t. Their half chicken order was more than enough for 3-4 hungry people. It was fried chicken coated in thick honey sauce, it was good but it was tad bit too sweet and overpowering for my liking. There was too much of it and the leftovers lasted us until breakfast the next day.
The food was delicious, prices were more than affordable, the staff was very accommodating, and the service topnotch. There’s absolutely nothing to nitpick on. Residence Inn’s Gazebo is an excellent first stop.
Up next would be about tasty Indian food from Andanita Taj. 🙂