Thanks to Zomato (Food & Restaurant Finder App) and Nutria Asia (makers of Locally blended juice fruit drink) for bringing us to Tagaytay for an awesome Food Crawl. Our third stop for the day is the Balay Dako by Antonio’s.
Balay Dako in Tagaytay serves Filipino comfort food, this is the kind of restaurant that will make you feel “home”. Balay Dako in Negresense (native to the Negros Island Region) means a Big House. We, Filipinos are are very family oriented, we usually come together in one place to celebrate every important occasions with our family and friends. Balay Dako represents a home where families can dine in, enjoy the traditional food and plus the fact that it’s located in Tagaytay, you will get a good overlooking view of the Taal Volcano.
Balay Dako belongs to the same group which carries the famous Antonio’s and Breakfast at Antonio’s which are also both located in Tagaytay. They are situated just across the Magallanes Square. Don’t worry as they have spacious parking area outside. Enter through the front door and it will lead you to a sala-like area where you have to wait to get seated. I feel like I’m a special “bisita” inside a big house! The receptionists are friendly and very welcoming.
On the 2nd floor is the Comedor that can accommodate about 250 pax, this is allotted for all-day family dining style. They have ala-carte menu and even set meals that are good for 10 persons. I enjoyed watching the freshly made piyaya here while waiting for our snacks. There’s also a mini shop where you can buy breads, jams and some pasalubong.
On the top floor is the Terraza Bar and Grill which has a feel of Spanish old era interior. High ceilings, bare cement walls and some brass chandeliers. It has a natural lighting that comes from the big windows installed all over the place. I think the tables and chairs inside are made from high quality woods as they are really heavy. The whole area can accommodate up to 270 pax. Can you imagine how spacious it is? This is where they hold the Breakfast Buffet (P700) every weekend. We went here on a weekday that’s why there are only few customers that time but imagine this place can get full during weekend. Tip: They don’t accept any reservation for the buffet so you have to be early to get a nice spot.
They have an alfresco dining set up which has a clearer view of the beautiful Taal Volcano. They have live entertainment (DJ’s ) here every Friday and Saturday, and an acoustic night every Sunday. You can feel the Tagaytay weather as you dine in.
We went to Balay Dako to have some meriendao so we only tried some pieces from their extensive menu.
Lumpiang Sariwa (P185)
The serving is quite big enough. Freshly made lumpia wrapper filled with heart of coconut, shrimp and ground pork. The vegetables are guaranteed fresh because it came from their own farm which is also located in the same province. It is so good and I can recommend it as a must-order dish!
Batchoy Classic (P285) + Puto (P30)
Enough of Bulalo for now, I will reserve it for my next visit. Ilonggo’s version of Classic Batchoy is just perfect for Tagaytay’s chill weather. I love the perfectly cooked thick egg noodles, the bowl is filled with strips of pork meat and pork offal and the savory pork broth. Special mention for the chicharon hihi! We paired it with a fluffy puto on the side.
Coco Panutsa Fondue (P140)
We had a panghimagas (desserts) to complete our merienda. We got the Turon filled with ube or tikoy with Panutsa caramel served over a flame with bilo bilo.
Tarragon Iced Tea (P125)
We also had a refreshing glass of Tarragon Iced Tea.
The place is just so beautiful, hubby and I can’t resist to have this photo taken despite the windy weather haha! I have an idea where will I spend my birthday next year!wink!
Balay Dako by Antonio’s
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/balaydakotagaytay/
Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City
Monday to Thursday 11:00 AM-9:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM-10:00 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM-10:00 PM
Sunday 7:00 AM- 9:00 PM