This is part 2* of the cliché Tagaytay trip Jan and I had last March.
For an eat all you can set meal that only costs 683php per head, Sonya’s Garden is one of the best cliché options for lunch or dinner in Tagaytay. That is, of course, if you are not in the mood for the bulalo-tawilis combo and you wanna eat something figure-friendly.
The set meal includes:
Garden Salad – freshly harvested lettuce and arugula with mango, beans, cucumber, jackfruit, pineapple, corn, and whatever fruits that are in season. Drizzled with Sonya’s Garden Secret Salad Dressing or balsamic dressing.
Bread – fresh baked whole wheat sesame bread with an array of homemade dips and toppings like basil pesto, white cheese, anchovies, mushroom paté (my favorite!!!), black olive tapinade, and fresh green peppercorns in olive oil.
Pasta – with two kinds of sauces and toppings: fresh tomatoes and chicken cream with mango. Topped with ratatouille, salmon belly, shitake mushrooms, black olives, capers, and grated parmesan cheese. Loved everything except the chicken cream. I found it bland.
Dessert – glazed sweet potato, banana rolls with sesame and jackfruit, and homemade chocolate cake from the Panaderia. Yaaaaay for the cake! Sinfully good!
Beverages – bottomless freshly-squeezed dalandan juice and tarragon tea. Wish there’s also bottomless coffee.
You can also have a special order of braised chicken with potatoes (728php) or roast chicken (554php) both good for 6-8 persons.
Sonya’s Garden is also open for breakfast from 8-10am. The breakfast buffet is 478php per person, with choices of:
Filipino – fried rice, pork and chicken adobo, fried boneless bangus, omeley, seasonal fresh fruits, hot chocolate or coffee.
Continental – cereal with fresh milk and fruits, bread with assorted jam, ham and cheese omelet, fried potato with herbs, fried white cheese with honey, seasonal fresh fruits, hot chocolate or coffee.
For their bed and breakfast rates, you can check out http://www.sonyasgarden.com
Other things to see at Sonya’s Garden?
This, my friends, is Humpty Dumpty.
Akala ko tiyanak but when the saleslady heard me calling it eeevil doll, she said, “Ay, si Humpty po ‘yan. Doll po ‘yan ni Ma’am Sonya.”
I placed the doll down because baka mapalayas ako ni Sonya from her garden.
Humpty is just one of the accents displayed in the shabby chic Favorite Finds Shop of Sonya’s Garden. They sell furniture and some crafts that are like the things used in the cottages for rent. Lots of lovely, rustic things in here. Very Pinterest-ish items! :p
What I like about eating at Sonya’s is aside from enjoying their food, I am also free to enjoy the garden itself. I lovelovelove flowers so it’s really delightful for me. :)
We went to the Country Store to check for possible pasalubongs. Saw spa oils, hats, bath and body products, freshly harvested lettuce.
And guess who’s also there… Sonya herself!
She was signing her Secret Garden books using her glass pens. She asked me to guess what scent the ink is. I was gonna say licorice but she said it’s lavender! Of course, I didn’t argue with the one who has a famous garden! :p
How to get here?
From South Super 23 Highway, exit Sta. Rosa. Upon reaching Tagaytay main Aguinaldo Highway, turn right towards Nasugbu. Go past rotonda proceed 10kms. After Splendido Golf Course and Sunrise Hill make a right turn on Buck Estate. Drive 2kms. Left gate.
// listening to The xx – Shelter