Breakfast at Antonio’s

My mother and I used to eat at Breakfast at Antonio’s nearly every time we went to Tagaytay. Here are a few pictures from our first visit to the place back when it was still along the highway; these were taken in 2004. I had the four-cheese omelette and she had the sausage omelette.

Breakfast at Antonio's, Tagaytay, 2004

Breakfast at Antonio's, Tagaytay, 2004

Breakfast at Antonio's, Tagaytay, 2004

Breakfast at Antonio's, Tagaytay, 2004, omelettes

Breakfast at Antonio’s eventually moved to where Antonio’s is located, which meant that we got too lazy to make the trip there over the years (yeah, I know it wasn’t all that far, but eh). So I was pretty surprised and pleased to hear that the restaurant has returned to its old location. We were in Tagaytay a couple of weeks ago, so I suggested that we grab breakfast at Breakfast at Antonio’s.

Breakfast at Antonio's, Tagaytay

The place is done up in minimalist black and white this time around, and feels a lot more spacious than the original. Upon entering, you’ll see a shop on the right side which sells various products, from fruit jams to vegetables to bread, among other things. We got a table by the screened windows, always the best place for people who want a view of Taal Lake and the volcano or to be regularly treated to a cool breeze.

We were pretty hungry and just wanted a really basic breakfast, so my mother went with the pancakes (P180), which came with a grilled pineapple and banana, and a cup of hot chocolate. I ordered a pot of herb tea, which is basically the tarragon tea that appears on so many menus in various Tagaytay restaurants, and had the roesti with bacon, egg, and cheese (because a typical breakfast for me involves bacon and eggs) which came with a panini. The waiter even offered me some apple jam to go with the bread. I ended up buying a jar of apple jam (P120).

Breakfast at Antonio's, Tagaytay, pancakes

Breakfast at Antonio's, Tagaytay, roesti

If you’re visiting Breakfast at Antonio’s for the first time, be warned that the portions aren’t enormous. They fill you up just fine and the food is honestly wonderful. This isn’t food that you should be wolfing down and which is meant only to fill your belly, however. It’s the kind of breakfast you should savor, something you should be eating on a relaxed morning (or noon or early afternoon) with friends or family.