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.

Rustic Mornings by Isabelo

The last time I ate at Isabelo Garden Restaurant was in 2009. Back then, the place was difficult to get to because the street where it’s located (Isabelo Mendoza St. in Marikina City) is tiny and poorly lit, and the restaurant wasn’t marked by any signs announcing its presence. I suppose it was one of those delicious little secrets of Marikina at the time, and delicious was right, because the food was of very high quality and was prepared only for those who made reservations and placed their orders hours before dropping by to eat. Three years ago, my mother and I had the Spinach Artichoke Dip, the Grilled Salmon Steak, and the Parmigiano Carbonara, all very tasty. It wasn’t just the food that would entice you, but the place as well, with its quirky decor and soothing lighting. The setting makes it great for small dinners with family, romantic dinners, and a laidback gathering with friends.

It’s too bad that I hadn’t the chance to return since then–until today. A few months ago, I heard about Isabelo’s daytime self called Rustic Mornings by Isabelo which promises brunch, pastries, and coffee. Today wasn’t a particularly hectic day for me workwise, so had time to drag my parents there for brunch. The place looks lovely as ever.

rusticmorningsbyisabelo

Rustic Mornings by Isabelo

Rustic Mornings by Isabelo

Rustic Mornings by Isabelo

Rustic Mornings by Isabelo

I ordered the Country Omelette (P185): three eggs, bacon, cheese, potatoes, and green bell peppers served with ciabatta, herbed butter, and strawberry jam. I felt the ciabatta wasn’t enough for the available spreads, so I asked for an extra slice of rye bread (P20). I ordered a glass of fresh apple juice (P50) to go with my meal, and it really was freshly made and didn’t come out of a bottle.

rusticmorningsbyisabelo_countryomelette

My parents had corned beef (P215) and boneless bangus (P180) which both came with two free-range eggs, garlic parsley fried rice, red wine vinaigrette with red onions, and tomato wansoy salad. I ordered an extra serving of that salad, which cost P20.

rusticmorningsbyisabelo_bonelessbangus

Everything was very filling and nicely cooked, and I adored the flavors of my omelette. My parents noted that the eggs and the rice weren’t particularly salty, which is great for people on a low-sodium diet. All in all, it was a satisfying brunch, and I’m already planning my next trip to Rustic Mornings. I’m not yet sure what I should order though–should I split the koftas with Tj? have pancakes? have a sandwich? The number of scrumptious choices will have your stomach grumbling.

Rustic Mornings by Isabelo is open from 8 a.m to 4 p.m.

If it worked for crepes…

Two of Lynn’s sisters each gave me a jar of Nutella; one was a 371 gram jar and the other was a whopping 750 gram monstrosity (a super yummy monstrosity). That’s a little over a kilogram of chocolaty goodness lurking in our kitchen. *wipes tears from his eyes*

Anyway, while my preferred method of eating Nutella is straight out of the jar with my finger (or with a spoon, if I’m feeling adult and classy), I decided to try something out today:

pancakes+nutella

I once had a Nutella-covered crepe, so, why not spread Nutella on pancakes? Pancakes are just really, really, really fat crepes anyway.

pancakes+nutella

To my surprise, Nutella agrees with my favorite pancake mix: Maya. So, yahoo! Instant tasty breakfast. Wonder where I’ll put Nutella next. Hmmmm. =)

Bagel + Corned Beef + Egg

Bagels with cream cheese have been a staple in our breakfast table for quite some time now. It’s a nice, simple meal that will jumpstart your day. But, today, I decided to shake things up:

Bagel + Corned Beef + Egg

Nothing fancy here, really. I just spooned some leftover corned beef on half a bagel and slapped an egg on top of the other half and–voila! A nourishing breakfast.