If you’ve ever wanted to avoid the crowd but enjoy the food of Tagaytay—hot bowl of bulalo and all—we’ve found the place to be.

Dining in Tagaytay usually includes experiencing a cool summer breeze with heart-warming food and (hopefully) a view of the Taal Lake so it’s no surprise that the two primary roads leading to Tagaytay along with every single restaurant are packed during weekends.

It’s a sign that might be hard to see, but once you remember it’s there it’s hard to miss. Photo by Andrew Del Rosario

Good thing there’s a place in Tagaytay that satisfies my cravings for a good bowl of bulalo (beef shank stew) and Tagaytay’s cool breeze: D’ Banquet. Located along Aguinaldo Highway, it’s ideal if you’re looking to head home after a few hours in Tagaytay or are looking for a good place to start an afternoon in the country’s second Summer Capital.

And then there’s this cute cafe. Photo by Andrew Del Rosario

The restaurant has near-all-wood interiors and greenery wrapped around it. It’s quite a spacious restaurant, able to sit around 100 people with ease.

Adding to the rustic charm is a small cafe that serves specialty coffee from Benguet and treats you can purchase from the One Town, One Product shop they operate, which includes pastries from the famous Amira’s Buco Tarts.

Food

One of the crowd favorites: crispy pata. Photo from D’Banquet

They’re known for their boneless crispy pata (deep fried pork thigh) and their roasted native chicken, though the buffet offers much more than those. They’ve got a pot of hearty bulalo, which you can get on small soup bowls along with a myriad of Filipino dishes.

Try their balut a la pobre, a dish that gives the humble but exotic balut egg a salty, savory spin. Leave some room for dessert with pastries made from popular Amira’s Buco Tarts smack in the middle of the restaurant.

Drink

You can always ask for sodas at D’Banquet, but there’s a better, healthier option that’s right at the buffet: freshly squeezed fruit juices. They usually have at least four varieties available.

They also have simple lattes, still made with beans sourced from Benguet. Photo by Andrew Del Rosario

If you want to discover something different, try the specialty coffee they serve at the cafe. They use Arabica beans from Benguet in hot lattés, Thai Coffee, and something you don’t see too often in Manila: cafe naranja, which is coffee mixed with orange fruit.

The basics
Php800 (about USD15) for two people, Php599 per person for the weekend buffet
Aguinaldo Highway corner Arnoulduz Road, Tagaytay City
Fb.com/dbanquettagaytay

Get there
Ride a DLTB Bus from Pasay that’s headed for Nasugbu and ask the driver to drop you off at Pink Sister’s Convent. D’ Banquet is located across the street from where you will be dropped off.