Balay Dako by Antonio’s – Breakfast Buffet in Tagaytay
Balay Dako is a fairly new restaurant in Tagaytay that serves one of the best breakfast buffets in the city. And why wouldn’t it be, It’s made by Antonio’s, a well-known restaurant in the city, so quality, experience, and great service are expected. We first visited the restaurant last March 2017 and it was beautiful from the outside as it is on the inside.
To be honest, I’ve never really heard of Balay Dako. I only learned about it from my sister who wants to celebrate my brother’s birthday out of town and in a new restaurant. According to her research, you need to be in the place at least 1 hour before to secure a seat because reservations are not accepted.
The place isn’t that hard to find because you will see a big sign from afar. Upon entering the area, you will enter a huge parking face before you see a big Spanish-like house as you go straight. So we parked at the nearest spot to the entrance and went inside. Although we didn’t arrive 1 hour earlier, we were confident we would secure a seat because we still had 45 minutes to spare. But upon our arrival, there was already at least 15 people in the waiting area! I quickly went to the reception to reserve a table and started the loooong wait.
In fairness to Balay Dako, they have a huge waiting area so everyone can sit comfortably while waiting. They also have a table that serves unlimited juice so guest can quench their thirst while waiting. Fortunately, we were number three on the list and just after 20 minutes or so, people started coming that it filled the whole waiting room.
So when it was our turn to sit, we were escorted up the stairs to a big room that features big glass windows with a majestic view of Taal. We were asked if we wanted to sit inside the restaurant or outside where lighting is better but colder. We chose inside because we’re worried how inconvenient it will be when the sun is up and of course we want to be as close to the buffet table as possible 😀
The service of the place is great, with the waiter assigned to us always checking our table if we needed anything. The food selection was not too many but the quality and choices were impressive. We were told their corned beef and make your own fried rice is a must try and it is!
I also recommend the bacon, Filipino rice cakes, tapa, and the chocolate drink! Its as good as the Batirol I tasted in Baguio so its a must-try if you’re a fan of chocolate drinks.
Overall, the experience was great and I definitely recommend this to everyone. As of March 2017, the price per adult is P700 and 450 for kids.