On our way home from Tagaytay, we stopped by the famous Antonio’s for lunch. Antonio has been on my “places to try list” for a while, and I was so excited to finally experience what the restaurant has to offer.Antonio’s interior décor is an intersection of quintessential colonial with a dash of modernity, creating a harmonious interior, perfect for both intimate and group dining. The main dining area (suitable for large parties) features beautiful high ceilings from which elegant chandeliers cascade creating an unforgettable ambience. We settled for an intimate outdoor table next to a fishpond, which thankfully got my 3-year old occupied with finding Nemo allowing us to enjoy our carefully crafted meal.
Antonio’s menu features Spanish and Chinese inspired meals, and of course local Filipino cuisine. I chose a chicken ballotine topped with red wine jus, and potato gratin on the side. The skin was perfectly crispy on the outside sealing all the wonderful flavours inside that form an aria in your mouth upon your first bite. We also ordered lamb cutlets that turned out to be perfectly juicy and well done. Just how I like them!Dessert reminded me of the French café gourmand, only that this one was without the coffee. Being a lover of all things matcha, you can imagine my excitement when I saw a matcha macaron. It was smooth and velvety with an olive in the center. The olive unexpected as it was in my mouth, balanced out the sweetness of the dessert, while at the same time heightened the flavours. I will try incorporating olives in my desserts from now on!We also had a peek at Antonio’s cocktail garden lounge known as Lanai lounge. The lounge is the perfect place to unwind while taking in the beautiful green surrounding.The food and our overall experience at Antonio’s was exceptional.The prices might be a tad high but each penny is well worth it. For those who have never been there kindly note the dress code is smart casual. Also remember to reserve a table prior to arrival.Information
E. Aguinaldo Highway (Tagaytay-Nagsugbu Highway),
Barangay Bagong Tubig,
Tagaytay City, Cavite, Philippines
Open 7am -9pm