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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Until next time!