(Warning: Pic-heavy entry ahead!)
So today happens to be my wonderful, hardworking mother’s birthday, and what better way to celebrate than by having lunch at that one resto that she wouldn’t stop asking me to do a review of whenever we pass by Sta. Rosa, Laguna, on our way to Tagaytay – Rekados Café & Restorante!
Rekados is a restaurant that specializes in three cuisines – Spanish, Italian, and Filipino. The restaurant is located right beside a magnificent garden, where people can take pictures of different plant life, among other things.
… And exterior.
There’s also a small store near the resto where you can buy food and gifts for your friends/relatives back in Manila.
Menu: Appertivo (gambas al ajillo, squid ala vinaigrette), El Desayuno, El Café, Sopa, Ensaladas, Pizza (Spanish sardines pasta), Bocadillo (monte cristo), Solo (chicken – chicken al ajillo, seafood – grilled salmon, pork – grilled porkchop, beef – fillet mignon), Paella (paella valenciana, legumbes paella, callos), Pasta (salmon pasta, linguine al pesto), Classic Manila (bulalo steak), Boodle, Bebida
Salmon Belly Miso.
Mozzarella Sticks – Breaded mozzarella cheese with marinara dip. Since Rekados’ version of mozzarella sticks isn’t really that crunchy (I’m assuming it’s baked instead of deep-fried), there’s less grease in it, which results in a very clean taste that goes well with the marinara dip.
French Onion Soup – Baked onion soup covered in mozzarella cheese. Pretty decent. ^^
Inihaw na Liempo – The color slightly puts me off, not gonna lie, but it’s still flavorful with a sweet, ketchup-y aftertaste. The dipping sauce is amazing too.
So in my opinion, Rekados’ food is good, but I think it’s the ambiance of the resto that makes this whole place worth visiting, just like most garden restaurants along the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay area. This is a must-visit if you prefer eating at restaurants with a magnificent view.
Food: 3.5/5 (taste), 3/5 (presentation)
Rekados Cafe and Restaurante is located at Sta Rosa Tagaytay Rd Silang, Cavite. Tel no: (0917) 545-5421. Links: Facebook.