My mother and I went to Tagaytay a couple of days ago. I was planning for us to have lunch at La Finca, but while driving, I quickly spotted a sign for Don Limone Grill promising cheesecakes and Mediterranean food. I stopped when I had the chance to look up the place and find their number and directions, and then told my mother we were eating there instead.
Don Limone Grill isn’t hard to find at all. You need to drive past Mushroomburger and when you get to the police station on the right, look over and you’ll see the restaurant on the right side. You’ll enter a small compound and the place is just a short distance in; just follow the signs.
Don Limone Grill has its roots in Parañaque and opened in Tagaytay in December 2014. It’s one of those houses that have been converted into restaurants and serves good food in an elegant, quiet setting—a good addition to the flock of restaurants that make Tagaytay a culinary destination. A flourishing garden greets you the moment you step into the gate and makes you feel like you’re stepping away from the world for a while.
Mediterranean is the theme, and according to the restaurant’s Facebook page, they use produce grown only 50 feet away from the restaurant.
To tide us over until our food arrived, we were served a complimentary plate of bread with strawberry balsamic vinaigrette dip. We kept our orders simple: chicken espetada (P695) for my mother and tenderloin espetada (P795) for me. Wikipedia describes espetada as “a typical Portuguese dish made usually of large chunks of beef rubbed in garlic and salt, skewered onto a bay leaf stick cooked over hot coals or wood chips.” They both came with Limone potatoes, savory rice, and mixed greens. My mother ordered feta caponata for her first course, and I had amaretto pumpkin potage.
The food, as expected, was amazing; the meat was savory and tender. Each dish is good for one (they also have for sharing plates that are good for two people and some that are good for four to five people), but a couple of light eaters can easily split one.
They also make their own limoncello. Double shots are available for P175, and a whole bottle is sold for P1,200. It’s too bad I didn’t have any more room in my tummy for cheesecake. They have an extensive list of flavors that go well beyond blueberry, such as pecan, pumpkin, amaretto disaronno, mango, limoncello—and there are so many more of that. I’m definitely having some when we go back there, which is pretty soon, because I ordered a half-tray of their baklava, and they have a vast array of dishes I intend to sample.
Don Limone Grill
4870 Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Mendez Crossing East