I just came back from an amazing weekend. I was a bridesmaid in the wedding of my best friend from high school so her destination wedding in the Tagaytay/ Batangas area was the perfect excuse for us to get away from the city for the weekend.
As early as Friday morning, we were off on our three-day weekend, and this time, we made it a point to try out all the restaurants under the helm of Chef Tonyboy Escalante, the man behind the internationally acclaimed Antonio’s Restaurant. Antonio’s is the only restaurant from the Philippines that made it to the 2010-2011 Asia’s Top 20 list of the Miele Guide, which is the guide to Asia’s top restaurants.
The first morning of our weekend indulgence started of course with Breakfast at Antonio’s, which is a spinoff from the original Antonio’s. Here, they serve all day breakfast, which was a delight for a breakfast lover like me.
At first, I was somewhat disappointed that I won’t be able to see (and feature) the breakfast pavilion but I realized that it was also my first time to be in Antonio’s during the day and it also held a different sort of charm than being there for dinner. And luckily, my travel companion also able to return to Breakfast at Antonio’s the next day (but this time for lunch) and he was able to see and take pictures of the new breakfast pavilion).
|From the main pavilion, we get a view of the breakfast pavilion, which was undergoing minor repairs for the coming weekend.|
Being at Antonio’s for breakfast is really a chance to step out of time. The ambiance is superb. Everything was picturesque, with the beautiful morning light amidst all the greenery of the huge open windows. And the best thing about it was that it didn’t feel like we were in a restaurant but more like we’re visiting the grand house of an old friend who happens to be super rich and yet genteel and well-bred.
The female staff are wearing black and white maids’ uniforms and this only added to the feel of being in a hacienda. We were one of only three groups of diners who were there, which also made me feel like we were guests of the house instead of a restaurant.
We ordered the Beef Tapa and Eggs (P390) and the Eggs Florentine (P420).
The eggs florentine tasted good although since it was something new to my taste, I don’t think I’d be able to say if it was splendidly done. But what can I say about the beef tapa? Well, I know beef tapa (breakfast steak). This is the ultimate classic Filipino breakfast and if Breakfast at Antonio’s will live up to its name, then I thought that their take on this dish should be nothing less than great.
Is the price of P390 too much for just tapa? Being a staple of the Filipino breakfast table, some people might think they can get the same dish for a quarter of the price at home or in some other restaurant. But this is not breakfast at home or at some other restaurant. This is Breakfast at Antonio’s! This is breakfast taken to a higher level. And that plus the ambiance plus the perfect food make it all worth it.
Breakfast will not be complete without refillable brewed coffee (P180) for me and a caraf of their famous dalandan fruit slush (P600). The price of that dalandan was jaw-dropping but the freshness of the juice and the perfect sweetness made it quite extraordinary.
I died and went to breakfast heaven. Afterwards, we went around the grounds, took some pictures, skipped lunch and we didn’t eat anything else until our afternoon snack due to our super heavy and great breakfast. The next day, while I was having my hair and makeup done in Canyon Woods for my friend’s wedding, my “associate” went back to Breakfast at Antonio’s “on assignment” to cover it for lunch. The following pictures were taken using my iPod Touch.
Here are shots of the Pork Barbecue with Peanut Rice (P300) with French Toast (P295) and a cup of cappuccino (P150). As with our breakfast the previous day, the food was superb and worth it.
|The view of the main house from the breakfast pavilion|
Purok 138, Barangay Neogan
During weekends, it’s better to make reservations to get a guaranteed table. Text or call at 0917-8992866 and 0918-8992866.
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