Sometimes it’s difficult to decide which article to write first, in the same way that it’s painfully mind-boggling to decide which restaurant to prioritize in a certain cluster. Take, for instance, the higher-end alternative to the group of restaurants surrounding Leslie’s restaurant and Starbucks in Tagaytay. The cluster is called The Cliffhouse, just a few meters from Leslie’s.
The Cliffhouse is a destination in Tagaytay City, consisting of a number restaurants, with a great view of the Taal Volcano (or Taal Lake).
I didn’t know that this The Cliffhouse exists. Judging from the unfinished portion of the upper parking lot, together with ongoing construction of some restaurants, I guess this is a relatively new place. And had it not been for the “ultimatum” of my wife for us to try out this new restaurant — Buon Giorno! — I wouldn’t go (on hindsight, I still would have gone, through hell or high water, had I known the other restaurants operating there).
Anyway, going back to Buon Giorno!, I didn’t know the kind of food they serve here. Nobody told me, though from its name, Italian food is a safe guess. The award-winning movie, La Dolce Vita (“The Sweet Life”), comes to mind. Plus the place is new, so we decided to drop by.
We started with pizza, Quattro for Maggi. This thin crust pizza is smothered with four kinds of cheese. Definitely for cheese lovers. For the kids, we fell back on the time-tested safe bet — spaghetti. Buon Giorno’s sweet spaghetti appears to be out of place in a Italian-themed restaurant, but the taste is perfect for the kids.
Incidentally, Massimo’s has a restaurant at the Cliffhouse, but it’s still under construction (left side of this photo, just beside Cafe Breton). The original Massimo’s restaurant is just a few hundred meters from the Cliffhouse (directions here). The decision to open a branch here (or even to transfer the main restaurant) would seem very logical, considering the extent of foot traffic at the Cliffhouse. And the core eating crowd would still be the same.
The pleasant surprise, or shall I say surprises, came in two. I’m talking about great desert. There’s Cafe Breton. There are a number of Cafe Breton branches in the Metro and the more logical choice is to try other restaurants not found in the Metro. But logic rarely applies in food, something which should be easily understood by those who are fighting so hard to lose weight. Must . . . have . . . La Pinay. Really, how could you resist this mango-filled crepe, served with vanilla ice cream on top and made extra juicy-licious by a “healthy” dose of chocolate? There’s a Cafe Breton at Trinoma Mall in QC. Add the cool atmosphere of Tagaytay, with the great view of Taal Volcano. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Pure desert comes in the form of the Fruits in Ice Cream (I understand they also have a branch in Boracay). I didn’t have any craving for ice cream, since I already made up my mind on Cafe Breton’s La Pinay. But kids can’t resist the colorful collection of ice creams, nicely arranged just beside Boun Giorno!
So we bought strawberry for our kid and since he was not able to finish the entire serving, we had to “sacrifice” and finish it off. There was only one problem: we liked it so much and since we already drove off, we had to come back to get another serving of strawberry, plus mango and rocky road. Heck, even the logo of Fruits in Ice Cream looks delicious.
Of course, this discussion is purely subjective. Each one has a different opinion, especially in how we like our food. The important thing is not to argue, but to try it out. As they say, if you don’t like it, don’t go there again; if you like it, tell others. Relax and enjoy your vacation.