The Pig Pen

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Of course our trip to Tagaytay wouldn’t be complete without stopping by Nuvali/Solenad on the way home. I was worried that we were going to come in really early again, but we got there just in time for lunch break. We couldn’t find the original restaurant that we were supposed to visit, so we ended up here at The Pig Pen, a place that specializes in European-inspired cuisine. The Pig Pen is owned by the same people behind The Black Pig gastropub, located in Alabang.

(BTW, I forgot to mention in my Silver Bucket entry that this Tagaytay trip was primarily the reason why I skipped my usual weekend review for Nov. 12-13.)

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Menu: Soups salad and veg, Sides and extras, Bar bites, Seafood, Meat and poultry, Pigpen signature sandwiches, Group meals, Solo plates, Sweet things, Drinks.

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Chicken Mole – Chicken thigh that’s crisp to the bite, with coriander leaves, onions, and mole sauce for a signature Mexican taste. This is actually the first time I got to try mole sauce, and I could really taste the hints of dark chocolate. It goes really well with the slightly spicy onions. And as for the chicken? The meat was very flavorful and juicy, and the skin was nice and crispy. Not greasy at all.

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Cool and refreshing Hibiscus Iced Tea for my drink. I love a good hibiscus iced tea.

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Our appetizer/dessert in one photo: Banana Cheesecake and Pumpkin Soup (roasted pumpkin soup sprinkled with crispy bacon bits). The pumpkin soup could use a little more flavor. The cheesecake was amazing though – It may look tiny, but the flavor was super rich, and I absolutely loved the caramelized banana slices on top.

Officially adding The Pig Pen to the list of organic/artisanal restaurants that I really enjoyed. The food here is amazing! I know I’ve already reviewed plenty of great restaurants in Nuvali/Solenad/Sta. Rosa area, but this one is definitely included in my top five.

Ambiance/Interior: 5/5
Staff/Service: 5/5
Food: 5/5 (taste), 5/5 (presentation)

The Pig Pen is located at Solenad 3, Nuvali, Laguna, Don Jose, Santa Rosa, Laguna. Links: Facebook || IG: @pigpencafe.


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