Gastronomic Diaries: Balay Dako by Antonio's


Balay Dako is the latest Filipino restaurant in Tagaytay owned by the famous Chef Tony Boy Escalante, . If you have tried its sibling restaurants like Breakfast at Antonio's and Antonio's Fine Dining in Tagaytay, you'll probably get a hint of what food is like, heavenly!

Weeks ago, i was invited for an event which took place at this lovely quaint restaurant in Tagaytay City and i was able to taste some of the specially cooked Filipino comfort foods by Antonio's. Despite the gloomy weather on a weekday, surprisingly, the place has quite a number of visitors and tourists that come and go. 

Balay Dako, in Negrense means, "Big House" and was tagged as a gathering place for families and friends who would come together to commemorate life's significant events. It is a three-storey, modern colonial house which was indeed huge, located along Tagaytay Ridge, across Magallanes Square. You'll never miss this place as it is along the national highway beside Leslie's.

I've checked their menus and they offer quite an extensive choice of Filipino dishes that were reasonably priced compared to its contemporaries. The restaurant has a very welcoming lobby. The interiors are very homey, clean and nice. I have a penchant for colonial homes and wood furnishings and this is really something that i do appreciate a lot. 

We were accommodated on the ground floor and i wasn't able to peek inside their Comedor on the second floor as i was busy attending to the event. Nonetheless, the wooden furnitures and flooring has a perfect synthesis with the open floor to ceiling window glass panes overlooking the unobstructed view of Taal Volcano.

The food was served in buffet style and i admire the efficiency and politeness of the staff all dressed in lovely uniforms. The overall surroundings was clean and the food was appetizing.
I personally love the Kalderetang Baka and Pancit ni Antonio which was garnished with lots of flavorful toppings.

Steamed Kangkong
Kalderetang Baka
Fish Fillet with Brown Butter, Capers and Calamansi
Chicken Piccata with Tomato Sauce
Pork Satay
Pancit ni Antonio
For dessert, we have choices of Potato Salad, Fresh Fruits and the native Filipino favorite, Turon Saging Con Langka.

On the side was Balay Dako's Deli Shop, which, you shouldn't miss! After the event, i spent a few minutes here, looking around to buy something for "pasalubong". They had a wide array of freshly baked breads, gourmet canned goods, Tagaytay's native delicacies and a lot more.

What i do recommend if you'll ever find yourself in the middle of any confusion, go for the Monggo Bread and their Ube Bread Loaf! They are the best so far! The Ube Bread has chunks of pure ube jam fillings and as well as the monggo bread. The loaf was dense, heavy and very yummy and it was big, no wonder why its a bit expensive though. It's not like the ordinary commercialized bread you'll find in the supermarkets.

I also love their Gourmet Tuyo Antipasto in bottles and the Smoked Salinas with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I swear by to this one! I should've bought a lot of it cause i super loved its flavor, definitely a must-try!

Balay Dako can be a perfect destination for families who would love to try out authentic Filipino dishes while enjoying the cool Tagaytay breeze. It's just sad that i wasn't able to explore more of the place, but the food and relaxing ambiance can suffice the reason to come back again.

The place can become very full on weekends so, i would suggest to come here on weekdays. Get a table on the 2nd or perhaps 3rd floor, as it offers an amazing and breathtaking view of Taal Lake with one of the world's smallest volcano.

Bon appetit!

BALAY DAKO by Antonio's
Tagaytay-Nagsugbu Highway
Tagaytay City
Contact Nos. (046) 483-4847 / (+63)943-264-1680

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