Breakfast at Antonio’s

Roesti with Fresh Corned Beef w- Swiss Cheese & Over Easy Eggs P350
Whenever I go to San Francisco my friend Ariel takes me to all the best restaurants in the city. When he comes to Manila it’s my turn to treat him. His only request this time was to eat at Antonio’s since he enjoyed it so much the last time he ate there.

I tried calling and texting Antonio’s the day before to make a reservation but they didn’t answer the phone so we just went there on a Saturday. We never got in the gate since the guard kindly informed us that it was fully booked. I suspect there was a private party. We went to Breakfast at Antonio’s instead.
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Before the Breakfast place was moved to the same compound as Antonio’s. Now they’re back to the original location which I’ve never been to. I was surprised at how big it was.
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The sun was out in full force but it was a bit chilly inside.
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Dalandan Slush P190
Dalandan Slush P190

Ariel was trying to decide between the beef sinigang or the beef tapa and asked the waiter for his opinion. In most restaurants you’ll most likely get a reply like, “It’s both good.” I was impressed the waiters had their own opinions and it seemed like they’ve tried the food which I believe is very important. How can they sell products they’ve never tasted?
Beef Sinigang P400
Beef Sinigang P400

The waiter said the beef sinigang was different and more special and he was right. The beef looked and tasted like corned beef. The soup had a nice sour flavor but it seemed there wasn’t enough of it or the rice noodles just absorbed it.
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Uggh I don’t know what happened to my camera’s white balance. I must have chosen the wrong setting from this point.

I was trying to decide between the savoury crepes and the Reuben sandwich which is a favorite of mine. I chose the roesti (potato pancake) topped with generous slices of fresh corned beef and topped with two eggs and smothered with Swiss cheese.
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Roesti with Fresh Corned Beef with Swiss Cheese & Over Easy Eggs P350

The roesti was really crispy and provided a good base for the corned beef and sauerkraut. I really loved their homemade corned beef. It was very tender and not too salty. I found the price to be very, very reasonable considering the amount of corned beef used. I had a Reuben sandwich at Apartment 1B with maybe 1/3 the amount of corned beef and it cost P680.
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I was full halfway through it and I still wanted to eat dessert so I had it wrapped. It was a nice lunch several days later.
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Their coffee was good but it could be better and warmer.
Brewed Coffee (Refillable) P180
Brewed Coffee (Refillable) P180

I really wanted some dessert but there wasn’t much choices in their menu so I settled with a sweet pancake. Naturally I chose the Jaffa Orange pancake. There’s nothing better than the combination of chocolate and orange.

2 chocolate pancakes topped with vanilla ice cream and served with fresh orange segments in Grand Marnier sauce. Sounds simple right? When we first took a bite of the pancake we weren’t impressed. It was soft enough but it didn’t taste chocolatey enough. But when we ate the pancake with some orange and ice cream it tasted like a decadent chocolate cake.
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Jaffa Orange Pancake P250

This was one heavenly and very fulfilling dessert.
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And Ariel said he didn’t want any. He ended up eating most of it. :D
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Ariel and I were already making plans to go back. There were many other items in the menu we both wanted to try. It’s really best to go with a big group so you can try more food without overstuffing yourself.
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After lunch I went shopping in their mini store beside the entrance. They sold bread, different flavors of curd and jams, and many other treats.
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I bought a loaf of Turkish bread and it was fantastic!!! When toasted it had a nice chewy texture. Some raisins added a touch of sweetness to the bread. I actually want to go back just to buy this bread and stock it in the freezer.
Turkish Bread P220
Turkish bread P220

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Breakfast at Antonio's menu
Breakfast at Antonio’s menu (click to enlarge)

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Antonio's map
location map (click to enlarge)

Breakfast at Antonio’s 
Aguinaldo Highway, Barangay Bagong Tubig, Tagaytay City, Batangas, Philippines
telephone: +63 (46) 413.0738

The Old Kano’s Farm and Ilog Maria

The Old Kano's farm
I seldom go to Tagaytay and when I do there are so many places I want to go to. After our lunch at Antonio’s we went to Bag of Beans for my haul of beef and mushroom pies.

Next stop was The Old Kano’s Farm so I can buy organic lettuce and whatever else veggies they have. The farm was only 3 km. from Tagaytay City right on Emilio Aguinaldo highway.
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Here’s some information from their Facebook page: (I edited it slightly for punctuation and other errors.)

Located at agricultural province of Silang Cavite, the property were acquired by the couple Mrs. Julieta and Mr. Fred Ammann,  in the year 1982, with a total lot area of 12,747 square meter, the original plan of the couple on their property is continue the business they started way-back on their last place at Caloocan City, which are producing and selling some live animal namely rabbits, turkey and other farm animals to some business establishment in Manila, by that time the property were not known by it present name and during those years Mr. Fred Ammann started to sow some plot dill , a kind of herbs that is exotic to the Philippines, it was a plain hobby of Fred but because of good location of the place, just few minutes to tourist destination town of Tagaytay City, and alongside of Aguinaldo Highway, a visitor to the farm by the name of Werner Berger of Santis noticed the bed of dill and bought some and ask how many he could grow and on a further visit Mr. Berger introduced Fred to head Chef of the Manila Peninsula Mr. Alfred Moser, who did not only order at least 30 kgs of dill every week  but ask what else can he grow. Fred gave a seed catalog to Chef Moser and let him choose what he want from that chance meeting the thought of rabbits and others were abandoned and the Old Kano’s Farm came into existence producing not only a single variety of herbs but it multiply to 18 varietys and extended the production in producing salad crops, edible flowers and some exotic vegetables produced exclusively at the farm.

The Old Kano’s Farm is the pioneer on producing organic products in the region among the list of the products produced at the farm are the salad crops namely the green ice, romaine, lolo rosa, red lettuces, tatsoi, mizuna, cucumber, New Zealand spinach, baby carrots, endive, french beans, kohlrabi, red radish, cherry tomatoes, turnips tokyo, and stripped eggplant among the 18 variety of herbs are purple basil, sweet basil, cilantro, dill, marjoram, mint, Italian oregano, Italian parsley, arugula, rosemary ,sage, sorrel, Mexican tarragon, thyme, Thai pepper, habanero pepper and cayenne.
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I was happy to see curly endive or frisee which I’ve never seen in supermarkets. I was able to buy only a couple of bags because all were reserved by a restaurant.
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The fennel bulb was really small compared to the ones in the US.
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We all bought several bags of lettuce for P120 per kilo. I also bought a big bag of rosemary for P100. The best time to go there is on Monday and Thursday when they harvest the vegetables.

By the way the owners are selling Old Kano’s Farm. Check out the contact details below.
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Just a few meters from Old Kano’s Farm on the opposite side of the road was Ilog Maria.
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I wanted Ariel to try their all natural handmade soaps.
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I’m also a fan of their virgin honey and honey cider vinegar good for cooking or drinking as a natural cure for many things.
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I like their healing massage oil but use it sparingly since a small 100ml bottle cost P155. Another good product is their honey and propolis throat spray perfect when you have a sore throat or cough.
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You don’t need to all the way to Tagaytay to buy these excellent products. I’ve ordered from their online store a number of times and the delivery is very quick.
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The Old Kano’s Farm (to visit or for interested buyers)
telephone: (046) 414-0960 look for Edwin or  Juliet Amman (farm owner)
cellphone: 0918-935-4733

Ilog Maria (map)
It is 700 meters east of our sign along Aguinaldo Highway. Our sign is at Km 47; 5 kms. down the highway from Gourmet Café, on the right. Or, about 2 kms. up from the town of Silang going to Tagaytay, on the left.
open 6 days a week from 800 am to 500 pm, Tuesdays to Sundays