Monday, February 19, 2007

Buon Giorno! and Souk Kafé

It was my birthday last Saturday and it's a good reason to do something special like buying a 7 or 8-seater car perhaps. I told this to my wife and she agreed. Yehey! “As long as the vehicle brand is Matchbox” she added. Waaah! Maybe this super duper special birthday thingy will work next year.

So trying my luck once more, I called Antonio’s hoping it’s not too late to make reservations just a few hours before we go there. Haha, as expected especially this particular weekend immediately following Valentines Wednesday, they were fully booked for both lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday. I still wanted to eat somewhere where I haven’t eaten before so off to Cliffhouse Tagaytay we went. This complex sits along Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, a one minute drive from Yellow Cab and Café Lupe when heading towards Taal Vista Hotel. It houses Fire Lake Grill, Buon Giorno!, Café Breton, Domicillo, Platito and Massimo's burger bar. It has a fantastic view of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano. Fruits in Ice Cream Summer Cafe, that you can find in Boracay, will open here soon.


It was past 2pm and Fire Lake Grill was already closed for the afternoon and won’t re-open until 6pm so picking a restaurant that serves grilled meat was easy - Buon Giorno! This Italian restaurant serves grilled meat, antipasto, pizza, pasta, risotto and panini. Bread is served while you wait for your order.


Buon Giorno's Special salad (PhP 150)


New York Special pizza (PhP 220)


Mango (PhP 85), watermelon (PhP 85) and orange (PhP 120) fruit shake. They come in tall mugs of around half a liter, enough to last till you finish your meal.


Rack of lamb with mashed potato, vegetable and mint jelly (PhP 495)


I love the mint jelly. It’s like eating toothpaste when you were a kid or the jelly version of Max menthol candy, hehe. It pairs well with the meat. As an added bonus you'll have fresh breath after dining :)


Roasted beef ribs with Lyonnaise potato, vegetables and Madagascar sauce (PhP 495)


It was a really heavy meal so for dinner we wanted something light in some place new. When I blogged about Mang Inasal after it opened in Terraza Dasma, Robinson’s Dasmariñas Cavite, Ace, a fellow blogger, recommended Souk Kafé which was also located in Terraza Dasma.


The place is cozy, not too crowded and you can eat either outdoors or indoors. We chose to sit indoors on a wooden bench with soft pillows where your orders were placed on a low center table in front of you.


The colorful ceiling lamps add character to the place.


They serve an array of drinks like coffee, tea, chocolate and fruit juice. Rice bowl meals, kulcha, pasta, cakes and cookies are available as well as breads like saj, manquosh and gourmet sandwiches where you choose what bread, meat, garnishing and sauce you like.

Turkish coffee (PhP 75). Bitter and sweet. Yumyum.



Mocha matanal (PhP 90). Yumyum.


Three cheese saj (PhP 105). Yumyum.



Terraza Dasma of Robinson's Dasmariñas sits at the corner of Emilio Aguinaldo Highway and Governor's Drive. Other restaurants there are Dencio's, Cowboy Barn, Mi Ga Korean Restaurant, Showrock ang Mang Inasal.

What a really yummy day!


The Portal for Tunisian Products and Handicrafts - sells fantastic Tunisian products, including lamps, lanterns, carpets and other soft furnishings.


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pining said...

Belated Happy Birthday, Hermie :-)
I love the rack of lamb with mint sauce.. especially on Sundays.. yum yum

tina said...

Wow. Belated Happy Bday. Your a feb din? hehe yuu,mm the interior is lovely.. and cozy

blessed1 said...

Okay, way to make me starve for that yummy looking food. What a great post! Next time you go, can you wrap up your leftovers and ship them to me? :)

lateralus said...

Happy Birthday Sir Hermie!

Wow those restaurants really put presentation to heart, eh? Coupled with your great photography skills, you've just pushed me in two the first two phases of digestion. Now if there was only food around...

L.A said...

Wow Super Belated Happy Birthday Kuya Hermie! Hay laging foods d2 ah....grabe!

Nga po pla kuya hermi papalit na po ng link d2 na po ako sa d2 n po ako ngbblog....salamat po

Richmond said...

the best way to celebrate a birthday... with foods.

happy birthday!!