Taaleña Restaurant

View From Taalena


We always visit Tagaytay to make the most of its cool air especially during hot seasons such as these days. But it was our first time to visit Taaleña Restaurant. After trying nearly all restaurants along the main highway or barangay San Jose, we thought it’s time to give Taaleña a try.

IMG_3501The place is a feast for the eyes and provides easy access to the Taal Lake view (that’s probably why the restaurant was named after Taal). It is spacious even if it becomes full such as today, as expected because it’s a long weekend and lunchtime at that. You can never go wrong sitting either on the first or second floor.

IMG_3494The view is complemented by a beautiful garden and nipa huts on the first floor. You’d get very busy clicking your camera that you wouldn’t notice it’s been over 30 minutes and your orders are barely there.

Fried Tilapia

Fried Tilapia


Ginataang Gulay



Sinigang na Baka

Sinigang na Baka

I wonder if it’s always like this or it’s just because the restaurant just happens to be jam-packed today. Nevertheless, all the impatience would vanish by the time our orders would arrive and we’d be serenaded by “haranistas” in Filipiniana attire, pretty much like those you’d see in Singing Cooks and Waiters.

Overall, we think that it’s an eating place that one can recommend to families and friends when they visit the Philippines.


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Denice Christine Garcia-Pilla is a freelance published writer and editor in between her profession as a market research professional. Her works have appeared in numerous print and online publications in Asia and the United States including the Asia Pacific Business Guide, Launch Asia, Quantum Spirit, Men Zone, The Philippine Star and Lifestyle Asia. She has profiled a number of CEOs, Presidents, entrepreneurs and tycoons of top corporations in the Philippines, as well as renowned international authors such as Mark Victor Hansen of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and Philip Kotler. After a decade of hiatus from the writing scene with motherhood taking center stage of her schedule, Denice is once again picking up from where she left off via the Side Tripper, where she shares her travel adventures and side trips through the lens of photographer Kit Elton Pilla, also known as her husband and father to her son Kyle David.

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