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Merienda time at Balay Dako by Antonio’s in Tagaytay

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

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.

Balay Dako
Balay Dako
You can also see some old portraits that belongs to the owner’s family. Balay Dako seems like an old house but the interiors inside are kinda modern. A terrific restaurant in Tagaytay where you can bring your balikbayan families and friends over.

Balay Dako

Balay Dako

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.

Balay Dako

Balay Dako

Balay Dako

Balay Dako

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.

Balay Dako

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.

Balay Dako

We went to Balay Dako to have some meriendao so we only tried some pieces from their extensive menu.

Balay Dako

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!

Balay Dako

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.

Balay Dako

Balay Dako

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.

Balay Dako

Tarragon Iced Tea (P125)
We also had a refreshing glass of Tarragon Iced Tea.

Balay Dako

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

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

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