Tagaytay will always be a favorite road trip destination among Metro Manila (even Luzon) folk, and one of the main reasons is its wealth of great dining choices, from breakfast to hangover food (hello, bulalo). It is considered one of the country’s top food destinations, offering local produce from the fertile land around Taal Volcano. While we all have our go-to restaurants there, the fun part is finding new culinary gems to try. Taal Vista Hotel’s Taza Fresh Table is one of them—I’ve listed some of their must-try dishes in this food feature.
Taza Fresh Table interiors
But there’s a new reason to visit Taza Fresh Table: Their resident Chef Jayme Natividad has created a breakfast menu that will be worth the trip. The brunch menu includes comfort food like Steak and Eggs, Eggs Benedict, Southern Fried Chicken Served with Waffles, French Toast, and Omelette. They may sound pretty ordinary or typical, but I guarantee, you won’t regret waking up early in the morning for Taza’s versions of these breakfast staples.
Southern Fried Chicken Served With Waffles
The Southern Fried Chicken is cooked well: crispy, light, and comes in a good portion—although you can have as much of it as you want anyway! It paired so well with the waffles, gravy, and syrup served with it.
Their French Toast is made of very soft round bread with a bit of crust, instead of the typical rectangular slice, and is soaked with maple syrup with a hint of cinnamon, then topped with banana.
They offer a wide variety of breakfast staples in their buffet spread, including quiche (with the savory flavor of the bacon and cheese in it) and their must-try champorado—it’s so good and rich, made of heirloom rice (malagkit) and Alfonso Tablea dark chocolate. And you can also order a cup of rich, creamy, sweet Alfonso Hot Chocolate (which somewhat reminded me of Chocnut, hehe) to go with your breakfast.
You can also order eggs the way you want it, but you really have to try their Omelette and Eggs Benedict. The Eggs Benedict is made with smoked ham and sits atop soft and sweet bread. It’s mouth-watering! The eggs are soft and cooked perfectly, and the smoked ham has a light yet distinct flavor. Meanwhile, the Ham & Cheese Omelette is sinfully oozing with cheese, it will surely perk you up!
The restaurant’s popular fares will also be offered during breakfast (in smaller portions), such as Taza Salad, Kale Salad, Pizza (Margherita, Four Cheese, Salsa Verde with Pancetta), Pasta (Papardelle Caccio e Pepe), Tomahawk Pork Chop, Homemade Smoked Bacon (my favorite!), and desserts like Molten Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Bean Custard, Olive Oil Ice Cream, and Cannoli with Ube Ricotta and Langka Cream (most of which I’ve written about here).
Steak and Eggs
Their breakfast portion of the Homemade Smoked Bacon is thinner, but you can have as much as you want, so I can’t complain! It’s still as delicious as I remember it: tender, juicy, and saccharine, with a nice char to it.
To allow you to enjoy breakfast as leisurely as you want, any day of the week, Taza Fresh Table now has longer breakfast hours—until 3PM in fact! You can try all of these for P900 net, or if you’re staying at Taal Vista Hotel (click here to book your stay via Agoda), you can just add P300 to upgrade the breakfast that comes with your hotel stay to enjoy your breakfast at Taza Fresh Table instead. Not only do you get to try all their delicious, one-of-a-kind, organic breakfast fare, you’re also assured a more quiet, relaxing, and less crowded dining experience.
Salad station at the Taza breakfast buffet
Taza Fresh Table is a certified food destination, located at The Ridge overlooking Taal Lake and Volcano. The name Taza is derived from the Arabic word Taaza, which means fresh. The country garden-inspired restaurant features a scenic 180-degree view with glass walls and an open kitchen.
Taza Fresh Table facade
Taza Fresh Table offers innovative international cuisine utilizing good ingredients meticulously sourced from local suppliers. Almost all of their ingredients are sourced from regions where they are produced, such as duck from Pateros, lobster from Iloilo, tuba vinegar from Quezon, mangoes from Cebu, coffee beans and black rice from Negros Island, and organic herbs and vegetables from the Taal Vista Hotel garden. Taza Fresh Table is committed to sourcing local and cooking global, ensuring consistent high quality cuisine showcasing organic, single-origin, and sustainable ingredients on every plate.
Taza Fresh Table restaurant is open to non-hotel guests and is located at Taal Vista Hotel along Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City, 4120, Philippines. For inquiries and reservations, call +632-917 8225, +6346-413 1000, or +63917-809 1254. To book your stay at Taal Vista Hotel via Agoda, click here. For detailed operating hours, check out their website.