Thursday, July 14, 2016

Where to eat in Tagaytay

Tagaytay City is one of the Philippine's most popular tourist destinations.   Because of it's higher altitude, the climate is cooler.  It also provides outstanding scenery as it overlooks Taal Lake in Batangas plus it provides an excellent view of Taal Volcano.  It is only 55 KM (34 mi) away from Manila which makes it an excellent choice for a weekend getaway to escape from the heat of the city.

There are numerous restaurants in Tagaytay and choosing where to eat is a little bit difficult especially when you are already hungry.  So if you happen to be in Tagaytay, where to eat?  To help you out with your choices, I am starting out in this blog my restaurant recommendations.

If you crave for home-cooked style meals, LZM Restaurant should be your first choice.  They actually have two branches in Tagaytay City, the first is at Magallanes Square and the latest one being at Ayala Malls Serin (please click on the links to visit their Facebook pages).  

The food choices are many and to help you out, I am suggesting their best sellers.  First should be the Fried Boneless Bangus, what they call their Queen of Specialties.  No visit to LZM is complete without trying this one.  The bangus is big (bigger than the plate) and is good enough for 3 people.  Crispy outside, tender inside.  It appears to have been marinated in soy sauce and is dredged in flour before it is fried.  This prevents the flesh from being tough and chewy.  They indeed serve the best crispy boneless bangus!

Fried Boneless Bangus
Fried Boneless Bangus

Next on the list would be their Chicharon Bulaklak.  This I guarantee is to die for.  It is not greasy and not oily and very crunchy to the max.  Goes well with the vinegar dip.  Just be very careful if you are watching your food intake though.

Chicharon Bulaklak
Chicharon Bulaklak

Your meal will not be complete if you do not order the Bulalo.  Bulalo seems to be the national dish of Tagaytay and almost every restaurant seems to offer this, but LZM's bulalo is simply the best for me.  This is a huge serving and very meaty.  Best of all, you can request for free soup top-ups.  The broth has the right mix of flavors.  I eat this with toyo, sili and kalamansi to enhance the experience.


Bulalo
Bulalo


And lastly, their must try and award winning vegetable dish, the Pinakbet.  The vegetables are crunchy and not overcooked.  The taste is a great balance of sweetness and saltiness.  Definitely worth it!


Pinakbet
Pinakbet


Other food worth mentioning are sizzling bulalo steak, sisig, crispy pata, stuffed squid, calamares, tortang talong, kare-kare, ampalaya con carne, and inihaw na liempo.

So the next time you are in Tagaytay City, try out any of the two LZM Restaurants, you will not regret it.

BTW, there are also two other LZM Restaurants.  The original one is at Silang, Cavite fronting Riviera Golf.  The other one is at Ayala Malls Solenad 2 in Nuvali, Sta.  Rosa.
LZM Serin
LZM Serin

LZM Magallanes Square
LZM Magallanes Square



LZM Silang
LZM Silang

Photo of Pinakbet taken from Pinterest.  All other photos and logos courtesy of LZM Facebook pages.