Cafe Verbena. noun.
1. Resto that is an alternative to Antonio’s but not quite at par;
2. A place with a homey country ambience and free wifi in Tagaytay!
3. It serves contemporary country cuisine by Executive Chef David Pardo De Ayala
This is a good alternative if you want a private dinner place with a country ambiance. The service was very good. I was surprised to see that instead of magazines, they have Filipino great books like Bahura and Manila My Manila (by Nick Joaquin) for reading to pass the time. Since Wifi is free, you can now have a place to check your emails, update your blog, or upload your photos of your Tagaytay adventure. It does not have a clear view of Tagaytay lake but at night, you wouldn’t care anyway.
I’ve got mixed reaction on the food from my readers about this place so I was determined to checked it out for myself. Don’t expect an Antonio’s type of food where the food is prepared as you ordered. I have a theory that if Chef David is not in the house, most of the food are frozen or prepared in advanced so the quality of food is degraded. It is still a lot better than most restaurants in Tagaytay, but since the quality of food is just OK, some would feel that it is over priced. This was our experience and let me know what you think about this place.
We have been going around Tagaytay for a good 30 minutes until we finally decided to indulge ourselves into the cozy and elegant place called Cafe Verbena @ Discovery Suites, Tagaytay. We were looking for a new place in Tagaytay but we only find the usual ones which you can’t consider as “bloggable” as my wife and I would call it. You can feel the soft breeze and fresh air sipping into your nose with the cold air blanketing you . Indeed, Christmas is just around the corner! We can’t wait for it! Some predicts that this will be the coldest December ever so we need to be prepared for it.
Here is a peak at the Cafe Verbena Menu
Appetizer and Salad Menu
A Salad of Country Tomatoes with Mozarella (P180). Organic “Mozzarella di Buffala”, Basil Baby Capers & New Zealand Avocado Oil.
The presentation is ok but we felt that this is something that we can easily do at home once you have the right Mozzarella cheese. Nothing to be happy about except that this is healthy food. We always make it a point to eat “live food” which includes raw or slow cooked vegetables to give our body the proper nutrients it needs.
Organic Mozarella Cheese Pot (P240). Served Fondue style with spiced tomato sugo, fresh tagaytay herbs and warm focaccia.
Cheese Pot! Cheese Pot! Cheese Pot! (Say it aloud! hahaha) My wife got shocked when she heard my brother said it. She thought otherwise! Can’t get enough of the sweetness and spiciness of the tomato sugo! Don’t forget the melted mozarella! We could have asked for more but then we wouldn’t be able to taste the other dishes that looks yummy! You’ll never go wrong with this when you order this as an appetizer.
Bland for our taste because no one bothered to mix the pasta. You need to eat the portabello mushroom and the fettuccini with the salty smoked bacon.
We just had to try this one to justify our previous eat of baby back ribs in Polu Kai Grill with almost double the amount. This is a lot better than Po Lu Kai’s Baby Back Ribs and I feel better in paying for this. Tasty meat and definitely meat falling off the bone! The fries is not your usual one…try MM’s Fried Polenta Sticks with Tomato Sauce…this may not be the same but close enough am sure! Happy eating guys!
The Pasta was cooked al dente. This did not fail to meet my expectation of a tomato based sauce pasta. You can tell that the seafood are fresh because of their crunchiness.
Sorry, no dessert this time even if I was tempted to order a Chocolate Souffle.
Cafe Verbenna @Country Suites, Discovery, Tagaytay
300 Calamba Road, San Jose,
Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines
Telephone: +63 46 413-4567
Manila Reservations: +632 6838222
Direct Line: +632 683-8204
The Cafe Verbenna Breakfast Experience