Okay given the fact that my whole family are foodies, makes that going all the way to Tagaytay just to have lunch isn’t a big deal. Through the course of eleven years the restaurant Antonio’s has blossomed and now everyone want’s to go there. My mom told me how she remembered it to be very small before but now, they’ve extended it to accommodate more people. There are quite a few gardens now as well! The place looks spectacular, like a posh house to be exact.
This post is not about architecture, its about food! We pre-ordered everything to make things quick. We ordered a ton of appetizers, salad, a main course and dessert. Knowing me, I’m not outgoing when it comes to trying out new food. I stick to beef for my main course, and chocolate for dessert. What I learned from the restaurant business is you can’t only serve the food that you like but what other people like as well. Because of a big family, we all like different things. So i’m safe to say I figured out what dishes my family liked over all and what I suggest to order if you go there.
Everyone was won over by the Foiè Gras Raclette. It sounded like such a complicated dish but when I it was served, to me it only looked like cheese and bread. I love bread so it was a great dish for me surprisingly and for foodie’s like the rest of the family.
Pear Arugula Salad w/ Pan seared Foiè Gras
According to my auntie’s, uncles and grandparents, the salad was good. Well I’m not big on vegetables so I don’t have my say on that.
More of the Appetisers
Portabello Mushroom w/ Balsamic & Garlic
Escargots de Bourguignanne
Steamed Manila Clams in Saffron, Romano Cheese Bread
Patè de Foiè Gras on Riesling Poached Pear w/ Croustini
Bacalao ( Not on the Menu)
Onto the steak! I don’t mean to be a braggart but the steak we have at home is my favorite, we all love it. My lolo found it okay, my mom and aunties liked it and so did I. Steak is pretty hard to judge for our family, we all have something different to say. Also, keeping in mind our steak is heaven at home makes it harder to find a place with good ones. To me, it almost tastes like our ones in the house- yummy! 🙂
Grilled Prime Porter House Steak Rubbed Cardamom/ Brown Chimichurri
Sides- Tomato Risotto and Mashed potato
More main course meals
Homemade Ravioli w/ Minted Veal Cheeks and Goat Cheese, Creamed Tartufo
Seafood Sampler- Steamed Chilean Sea Bass w/Gratin potato, Fish Caper Veloutè Prawn Termidor, Pan seared Scallop on Celleriac Mashed, Truffle Cream Sauce
Pomery Rubbed Roasted Rack of lamb w/ Cardamom Beuree Blanc, Polenta Spaetxle w/ Pancetta
Chocolate overload for the desserts! I took a bite of the flourless chocolate cake and I enjoyed it. The rest found it alright, so I guess I liked it because I love chocolate so much. Almost everyone got the dark chocolate soufflé, it’s a family favorite. Again, my mom knows how to make it and in my opinion no one can beat hers. The soufflé was delightful but it only lacks whipped cream. I still like my mom’s better but this one isn’t bad at all.
Dark Chocolate Soufflé w/ Cardamom Créme Anglaise
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Vanilla Ice Cream
No wonder our lunch was three hours long, there was so much food! A scrumptious lunch I must say, and I left the table with a bloated stomach. Why did we go to Antonio’s in the first place? It was the 34th birthday of my aunties Tata Cara and Ninang Mara! You can call us team pink :). What a wonderful way to spend my sunday.