A Gastronomic Birthday Trip in Tagaytay

Gastronomic Trip in Tagaytay | Nearby Travel

It was B’s birthday a week ago. We initially planned of celebrating her birthday in Tagaytay with a lunch at Twin Lakes’ The Farm and desserts at Greg’s Fruitcakery however, our plan changed on our way up to Tagaytay. We woke up late, it was already past 2pm and we’re still driving along Sta. Rosa – Tagaytay Road. We then opted to have lunch somewhere nearer so we can already satisfy our hunger pangs. We’ve heard of Amacena, a new restaurant in Tagaytay having good reviews. We then decided to try it for lunch and have our dessert on any of the coffee shops we can think of later.

Lunch – Amacena

Amacena is located in One Tagaytay Place Hotel. We turned left when we reached the stoplight at the end of Sta. Rosa – Tagaytay Road. We drove until we saw One Tagaytay Place on our left, we immediately saw the Amacena signage on the hotel’s facade.

There were only a few customers when we arrived at around 3pm probably because it was way past lunch time. Parking was then a breeze (thank god!).

Trip in Tagaytay - Amacena Parking
Amacena parking space.


Amacena is owned by Chef Luigi Muhlach. The restaurant gives an intimate and calm ambience. It serves classic Filipino dishes with a twist. We ordered Traditional Batangas Lomi, Sizzling Bulalo Steak and a cup of rice for each of us.

Trip in Tagaytay - Amacena
Amacena inside One Tagaytay Place Hotel.


Trip in Tagaytay - Amacena Other Side
Amacena shot from the other end of the room.


Trip in Tagaytay - Amacena Chow
It’s chow time!


Traditional Batangas Lomi is flavorful having generous amount of chicharon, squid balls, kikiam, pork liver, slices of hard boiled egg and pork meat coming together in a thick and tasteful soup. I was kind of “bitin” on the amount of noodles though but overall it was delicious and we were happy with our Php 140.

Trip in Tagaytay - Batangas Lomi
Traditional Batangas Lomi


We both love the Sizzling Bulalo Steak. It’s a serving of marrow topped with garlic chips, beef shanks smothered with mushroom sauce and slices of fried potatoes . I do not eat marrow so the birthday girl enjoyed it all by herself. The beef is very soft and tastes really good with the mushroom sauce so as the fried potatoes.  It seemed pricey at Php 600 but when we’ve tried it, it’s a thumbs up for value for money. I’ll definitely order this again the next time I’ll visit Amacena.

Trip in Tagaytay - Sizzling Bulalo Steak
Sizzling Bulalo Steak


After having our late lunch, we stayed for a while at One Tagaytay Place Hotel lobby.  The lobby was already decorated with Christmas decors, we then thought of going to the Christmas Village in Crosswinds Tagaytay. We turned left from One Tagaytay Place Hotel and drove until we saw Crosswinds on the left side.

Trip in Tagaytay - One Tagaytay Place Hotel Lobby
The birthday girl at One Tagaytay Place Hotel lobby.


Dessert – Cafe Voi La

On the entrance of Crosswinds Tagaytay, we were intrigued by the line up of restos and coffee shops along the Alpine Village so we pulled over and checked on them.

Trip in Tagaytay - Alpine Village
At the Alpine Village.


We later on found ourselves inside Cafe Voi La in our search for dessert and coffee. The interior is colorful and has an oriental feel. There is an Al Fresco dining area in front wherein we chose to stay.

Trip in Tagaytay - Cafe Voila
Cafe Voi La Facade


Trip in Tagaytay - Cafe Voi La Al Fresco
Cafe Voi La Al Fresco dining area.


Trip in Tagaytay - Cafe Voi La Colors
A tasteful blend of colors.


We had a slice of heaven for Php 195 with their bestseller Salted Caramel Cheesecake , it’s the best Salted Caramel Cheesecake I’ve tasted! It’s moist and less dense than most of the other cheesecakes I had, resembling the texture of an egg pie custard which I like. The mixed taste of sweetness and saltiness in my mouth had me craving for another bite.

Trip in Tagaytay - Cafe Voi La Salted Caramel Cheesecake
The bestseller Salted Caramel Cheesecake.


We complemented our Salted Caramel Cheesecake experience with a cup of Long Black Coffee for each us at Php 125 per cup. After taking a sip, I laid my back on the wall, took a deep breath and enjoyed the moment.

Trip in Tagaytay - Cafe Voi La Long Black Coffee
Long Black Coffee for two.


The good food, the lush landscape and the cold climate had us enjoy the setting and stay longer that we forgot of going to the Christmas Village.

Trip in Tagaytay - Cafe Voila Terrace
The birthday girl enjoying the Tagaytay lush landscape from Cafe Voi La.


We decided to leave Tagaytay when it already got dark. B who is a sucker for good food, surely had a happy birthday on our gastronomic trip in Tagaytay.



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