When taking a break from the fast-paced life in the Metro, Tagaytay has always been the great escape. Just drive a little down south, and the scenic view and cool weather will welcome you. Adding to that is a horizon of good eats that you can allow yourself to indulge in. During our latest visit to the chilly city, we came across a few diners that’s probably beyond your usuals—tucked away in secret places, and waiting to be found.
1. Red Bus Diner
Along the highways of Tagaytay lies what seems to be a curious sight—say, burritos and burgers sold from a red vintage bus. This is the ‘X’ that marks the spot. Helmed by an equally curious man only known as Dr. Jose, this diner is a marriage of his two great loves: vintage items and Tex-Mex. True enough, the sight of the red bus may be what lures you in, but it’s actually the stellar comfort food that makes you stay.
Red Bus Diner is located at G/F Verazza Hotel, Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Tagaytay City. For inquiries, contact Romelyn Rose at (+63) 926-113-9423
2. Caffé Sant’ Antonio
Would you believe us if we told you that an Italian congregation of priests decided to put up a café? Well, look no further. “The original idea was actually to have a place where we could sell the images. We never really intended to have a café,” Fr. Ariel Tecson muses. Caffé Sant’ Antonio was then born just a year after the place was put up, and guests started to look for a nice place to eat after their visit. The rest, as they say, is history. So, go ahead and make this gastronomic pilgrimage as you devour that divine blessed pizza with the saints.
Caffé Sant’Antonio is located at Km.51.8 Aguinaldo Highway, Lalaan 2, Silang, Cavite. For inquiries, call (02) 359-7801 or (046) 686-3299
3. Lime and Basil
If you’re craving for something Thai, there’s a diner worth the narrow long and winding road. Enter Lime and Basil. At first glance, you might mistake it for a rest house with a spacious front yard and a charming bungalow. But let that be your portal as you get transported to space where you could leave all your worries behind. This is a place where only good eats matter. You’re bound to find faithful renditions of Thai cuisine here, like Tom Yum, Pad Thai, and Mango Sticky Rice, among many others.
Lime and Basil is located at 9014 J. Rizal St., Brgy. Sikat Alfonso, Cavite. For inquiries, call (+63) 915-627-6393
4. Café Voi La
Like Hansel and Gretel being led to a beautiful cabin in a woods, discovering Café Voi La was a feat. Although you’ll find it nestled inside a Swiss-inspired luxury resort, this hidden gem serves a comprehensive selection of Asian fares from Chicken Satay to Vietnamese Coffee. Having traveled to various places, this diner serves as owner Ica Sebastian’s love letter to Southeast Asia. She shares, “Café Voi La is like a kept secret, all the more you want to discover it, all the more you’re intrigued.” And we couldn’t agree more.
Café Voi La is located at Crosswinds Resort Suites, Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Tagaytay City. For inquiries, call (+63) 905-331-4457.