Great View, Good Food at RSM Lutong Bahay Restaurant (Tagaytay)

We know Tagaytay as a place of great view, cool weather, laid-back lifestyle, and, of course, great food. There are so many choices of restaurants here and that profusion of choices could be confusing (and frustrating). The usual default mode, at least as far as we’re concerned, is to choose food that is tried and tested since childhood — lutong bahay.

Serving lutong bahay is the core of RSM Lutong Bahay Restaurant, we suppose. It’s in the restaurant name. We often pass by this place, which is near Leslie’s and also overlooking Taal Volcano, but never have any compelling reason to stop and grab a bite. Now that we’re in the area, and since we’ve long ago thought of exploring other bulalo-serving restaurants, we’ve found the perfect excuse to go.

The wisp of steaming bulalo sent my gut to overdrive. The first sip of the bulalo broth, it became clear — the flavor is less distinct than others, say Leslie’s. This, however, is never enough to deter me from attacking a good bulalo. I began nodding by the third sip, then a smile. It’s actually good. It’s like a soft approach, with the taste slowly building up and getting better. In the end, the taste became a non-issue (except that I would appreciate RSM putting more litid in the bulalo). I could actually eat it the whole day, if only that’s not a health suicide.

The inihaw na pusit (grilled squid) and the minatamis na saging (sweetened banana) were ok. There’s the tawilis, a kind of fish which you can only find — and eat — in the areas surrounding Taal lake, principally Tagaytay. You MUST taste it when you go visit Tagaytay (and eat it while it’s hot).

What surprised me was the laing, which gabi as the main ingredient. I usually shy away from the laing in Metro Manila, or anywhere in Luzon for that matter, because laing here is made of the gabi leaf. In our place, the leaves are thrown away, the stalks are made into laing. Laing made of leaves, of course, is too soft for my palate. The laing of RSM, while still made of gabi leaves, is different. It has a smoother, paste-like, consistency, but what got my goat, er, taste buds, is the flavor. They obviously did not scrimp on the coconut milk. I actually ate it with gusto.

RSM has a great view of Taal Volcano (or the Taal Lake, because, if you come to think of it, RSM and the other establishments are sitting on the outer crater of the volcano. There’s a telescope, which is actually a good idea, so you could take a closer look at the crater within the crater, or the fish pens dotting the Taal Lake.

Maybe I got too big, and need to lose some weight, because I felt stifled. It’s obviously not the floor area, as the restaurant has a generous floor area, with a number of levels and a viewing deck. I thought I’d get smarter with each bite of glorious bulalo, more nutrients for the brain, and figure out why I felt like a claustrophobic wreck. I got tired of thinking, and I got tired of chewing, so I settled with the best theory I could come up with . . .

Both sides of RSM’s view deck are covered by a high concrete walls. You can’t see your neighbors. Why would I care about my neighbors when I’m eating bulalo, you say? Well, you have a point, but my point is this — the high walls abruptly cut off the line of sight in both directions. It encases the vision. It’s like: “Thanks for the great food, but perhaps it would be better if I can eat while enjoying my peripheral vision.” Tagaytay, after all, is somewhere you breathe and relax. Open up the space.

Still, my beef (no pun intended) about my peripheral vision has absolutely nothing to do with the good food in strong RSM Lutong Bahay Restaurant.

7 thoughts on “Great View, Good Food at RSM Lutong Bahay Restaurant (Tagaytay)”

  1. HI GOOD MORNING I WOULD LIKE TO INQUIRE FOR YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER JUST IN CASE I WANT A RESERVATION THNAKS

  2. Dear RSM Gen. Manager:
    Congrats or having a fine lutong bahay, I have been to your Tagaytay Restaurant as well as inCalamba (or Los Baños?). both places offered good food. I hope you can have one branch in Dasmariñas, Cavite. In this connection I would like to give a site offer consisting of 1,165 sqm at a cost of P16,000 per square meter net to owner or seller. I am sure you are aware tht this City is the fastest emerging city in this part of Cavite. There are several restaurants in the same surroundings like KFC,David Tea House, and the usual Jollibee and Shakeys. Be the first eatery to offerlutong bahay and Iam sure you will be a success. There are targe markets within the City like UMC (University Medical Center (De La Salle University, and 3 insutrial estates where expats are. Should you feel interested please communicate with Romeo Avila, tel (046) 4320576cel no., 09287793996 email prespcc65@yahoo.com

  3. We went to RSM yesterday and we really enjoyed it! My sister, who’s living in the US for 23 years, enjoyed her meal at RSM resto. Although the price is quite expensive it’s ok< because the ambiance and view is superb! I highly recommend it to all my friends.

  4. Hi,
    I just want to inquire, how much woudl it cost to have weeding reception in RSM resto.
    Kindly send pm to my e-add your packages.
    Thanks.

  5. GoodDay ,I would like to inquire the cost for a 40pax wedding reception in RSM resto, thanks. just e-mail or text me @ 09175550931 , thank you

  6. hi.. i’d been in RSM twice.. super ganda. and super nag enjoy ako sa foods.. nung unang punta ko is with my friends nag bulalo and crispy kang-kong with lechon kami.. (try niyo yun masarap) then the next one is with my relatives na we ordered ginataang kohol, chopseuy, crispy pata, ginatang puso ng saging, tawilis, laing and bulalo (yummy) the following day ayun sama ng pakiramdam ko kasi di ako natunawan… the best yung crispy pata nila : ))
    i hope na makabalik ako dyan.. : ))
    God bless us all

  7. Gud day po!!ask ko lng po meron po ba kyo ngaun promo sa darting na fathers day salamat po..this coming sunday

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