La Finca, Tagaytay

As planned, we finally made it to La Finca on a cool, breezy late afternoon. The restaurant is located at the Domicillo Design Hotel, under Aozora, Domicillo’s Japanese restaurant. The place has a very elegant interior, but the main highlight is the stunning view of Taal Lake, which was denied to us because it was pretty foggy when we got there. Still, the weather more than made up for the lack of a view that afternoon.

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La Finca Tagaytay

A look at their menu shows that La Finca offers twists on Spanish and Italian dishes, among others, as well as Filipino dishes, as evidenced by our orders. We ordered chicken tocino (nice and basic, but the meat was delightful and the eggs were buttery) and spinach ravioli, which was made up of a nice pile of ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta, topped with longganisa, and garnished with basil.

La Finca Tagaytay, chicken tocino

La Finca Tagaytay, spinach ravioli

Dining was a delightful experience, what with the view, the good food, and the attentive service, making La Finca another nice addition to Tagaytay’s extensive collection of restaurants.

La Finca
Domicillo Design Hotel
Km. 58 Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway
Maharlika East, Tagaytay City
09175647730
09256647914

Spicy ramen at Ajisen Ramen

I spotted Ajisen Ramen along Sto. Domingo in Quezon City a month ago on my way to dinner at Oedo and made a mental note to check it out sometime. I got my chance yesterday. I was torn as to whether to get the basic Ajisen Ramen, Kon (which is the Ajisen Ramen only with corn), or the Spicy Ramen. I ended up getting the Spicy Ramen (P305), which is essentially the same as the basic one, only with the addition of spicy ground pork.

Ajisen Ramen, spicy ramen

The broth was rich and flavorful. The chashu was thinly sliced and tender. There was only a small dollop of spicy ground pork, but it gave the whole dish a major kick. It was exactly the sort of thing I needed on a gray, rainy, windy day.

Ajisen Ramen
43 Tirad Pass Corner Sto. Domingo, Sto. Domingo, Quezon City 1114
3549235

Don Limone Grill, Tagaytay

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.

Don Limone Grill

Don Limone Grill

Don Limone Grill, Tagaytay

Don Limone Grill, Tagaytay

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.

Don Limone Grill, Feta Caponata

Don Limone Grill, chicken and tenderloin espetadas

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
Tagaytay City
09328732316

Chicken skin at Clucky’s

Clucky’s is one of our favorite go-to places for nice, affordable food; their kimchi rice is especially yummy. The last time we were there, we decided to sample their chicken skin, and we highly recommend it if you want a crispy, tasty treat.

Chicken skin, Clucky's

It’s a sinful snack that’s worth sharing. Or you could polish off the whole basket by yourself–we won’t judge.

Sick day soup: Pho ga at Pho Hoa

I haven’t been feeling my best the past couple of days and figured that a nice bowl of chicken soup might help. My friend recommended getting a bowl of pho ga (P250) at Pho Hoa. It was definitely worth the trip.

Pho ga, Pho Hoa

I ordered only the small bowl, but it was pretty big and filling, more than enough to warm me and make me feel better; I was actually sweating halfway through my meal. The noodles were plentiful, there was a generous amount of shredded chicken, and there was a nice sprinkling of cilantro, too. Best of all, it tasted really fresh and not salty at all. Highly recommended for days when you just need comfort food.