It was my first dining experience in a Tuscan-inspired garden restaurant where a balikbayan friend of so many years took me for a late lunch. After weaving through a garden maze filled with flowery bushes and rare plants easily grown in a Cool Tagaytay climate, we had a three-course meal, a must for a minimum cover charge of P700 per person. For starters, we had Aegean salad, a mix of cool greens with warm grilled pear and sweet cheeses, with pistachios for crunch, and the bread was made from Canadian half-wheat and coconut oil.The bread is a foil to the Spanish beans with cabbage, kidney beans and potatoes, made substantial with slabs of bacon and chorizo. I forgot to take photos of the best appetizer I've ever had: Amalfi Prawns, made of crispy and succulent prawns marinated in salt, pepper, olive oil, parsley, coated with bread crumbs and pan-fried. Our main course was the aromatic grilled liempo and Italian pork chops which we found such a gastronomic delight. For dessert, we had several choices, but I found the Lemon Sponge Pudding and Panna Cotta with lemon sauce too irresistible. Since it was a late lunch, we had the place all to ourselves. We dined at the Sunset Lounge, the best seats to view the sunset. Definitely worth coming back for more.
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