Breakfast Anytime…

When we were on our road trip recently through Cavite looking for some color to add to our garden, we made an unscheduled stop at a restaurant that we’ve heard about often but haven’t had the opportunity to sample. So, unbeknownst by my partner, I made sure we timed our journey to end up on Tagaytay Ridge along the Aguinaldo Highway to make a meal stop at the restaurant known as Breakfast at Antonio’s.

The waiter staff at the restaurant Breakfast at Antonio's in their crisp white uniforms..
The waiter staff at the restaurant Breakfast at Antonio’s in their crisp white uniforms..

I’m sure this fine establishment would be fully booked on weekends and getting in without a reservation might be next to impossible. Stopping here on a Friday afternoon however, gave us an opportunity to try their wares without the benefit of planning ahead. We were just a bit worried when the hostess took our names and asked us to be seated off to the side, thinking that they were going to be full. But it was not the case and we soon found ourselves tucked comfortably at a corner table where we overlooked a spectacular view of the Taal Volcano and lake through the screens that surrounded the dining area.

Menu item: Hot Dark and White Swiss Chocolate, with view of Taal Volcano.
Menu item: Hot Dark and White Swiss Chocolate, with view of Taal Volcano.

The menu was simple – several sheets placed on a clipboard – and mostly it has various breakfast choices, from waffles and pancakes to Eggs Benedict and omelettes. But there are hearty meat choices as well as sandwiches, and we chose the smoked baby back ribs with Mexican rice and baked beans and a fresh corn beef & Swiss cheese omelette which melted in your mouth.

Menu item: Smoked Pork Back Ribs with Mexican Rice & Baked Beans
Menu item: Smoked Pork Back Ribs with Mexican Rice & Baked Beans
Menu item: Fresh Corn Beef and Swiss Cheese Omelette
Menu item: Fresh Corn Beef and Swiss Cheese Omelette

While waiting, we enjoyed a bloody Mary (just one since I don’t drink and drive) and a very hot Hot chocolate made from dark and white Swiss chocolates and evaporated milk; we sat sipping and enjoying the view and listening to the chatter of the many guests from the tables around us.

Menu item: Smoked Pork Back Ribs with Mexican Rice & Baked Beans with Hot Dark and White Swiss Chocolate, a Bloody Mary and a little pepper to go with the view..
Menu item: Smoked Pork Back Ribs with Mexican Rice & Baked Beans with Hot Dark and White Swiss Chocolate, a Bloody Mary and a little pepper to go with the view..

The meal was finished off with (refillable) fresh brewed coffee from Batangas beans, and we were able to leave a generous tip above and beyond the standard service charge paying only Php 2,000 (about $45) for both of us.

Of course, we made a longer than brief detour at the small “take-out” area next to the entrance, where the shelves are stocked with freshly baked bread, fresh lettuce and herbs and various desserts. We purchased a loaf of fresh-baked bread and crinkles (cookies).

The take out counter near the entrance to Breakfast at Antonio's Breakfast and Brunch Restaurant offers an assortment of freshly baked breads and cakes, vegetables, herbs & spices and more..
The take out counter near the entrance to Breakfast at Antonio’s Breakfast and Brunch Restaurant offers an assortment of freshly baked breads and cakes, vegetables, herbs & spices and more..
An assortment of freshly baked breads line the shelves near the take out counter
An assortment of freshly baked breads line the shelves near the take out counter
Assorted vegetables, spices and fresh farm eggs at the take out section.
Assorted vegetables, spices and fresh farm eggs at the take out section.
Fresh made desserts at the take out counter tempt the diners one last time before they can exit the restaurant..
Fresh made desserts at the take out counter tempt the diners one last time before they can exit the restaurant..

And then we were on our way, down the road once again.

Check them out if you are in the mood for a good meal with a fantastic view of one of the Philippines well-known tourist sites (Taal volcano)… Breakfast at Antonio’s is located about two hours south of Manila along the Aguinaldo Highway in Barangay Bagong Tubig, 4120, Tagaytay. (046) 413 0738.

Breakfast at Antonio's

Until next time!

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