My friends brought me here twice already.
The first time was on a weekday, sometime in July 2013. The place was not that busy so we spent the whole afternoon lazing around in one of their cozy outdoor dining cottages. It was drizzling that time and was a bit chilly, the whole place was very relaxing so I found myself quickly fighting off sleep. We had bottomless coffee (which I loved) and the cheesecake and blueberry pancake (very generous serving) which were both satisfactory and left us very full and happy.
The latest trip was quite different. We went on a weekend (Saturday, March 2014) and the place was packed and very much alive. We sat in one of the outdoor tables with an umbrella. I was surprised that despite the noise and crowd, I still found the place charming and this time, energizing. It was a nice contrast and I am happy to know that the place is still very much loved.
For our latest visit, we all had something from the Filipino Breakfast menu. Each dish came with garlic fried rice, 2 sunny side up eggs, atchara, and your choice of either boneless bangus, chicken adobo, beef tapa, etc. I had the boneless bangus and it was just okay, the eggs were a bit oily. The portions were very generous so we were all too full to have dessert. On my next visit, I will try their lasagna (as we were passing through other tables, I noticed a lot of people having it) and their pies (it's available for take out in their store but I would rather have it in the restaurant, for the full experience). I have yet to find the dish that will make me miss and crave for it and I hope I find it someday.
For now, it's their coffee that is making me look forward to a stop in Bag of Beans whenever we're in Tagaytay--Houseblend and Barako. I like it that by just adding php25, you can make it bottomless. It's definitely worth the upgrade.
The staff was attentive and service was quick, despite the big crowd.
Another nice thing I liked is their restroom. I saw a lot of people using it, yet it still remained clean and well-stocked with tissue papers and soap. The trash cans were regularly emptied and they had an oil burner to keep the restroom smelling clean.
I just hope that they put more fans in the outdoor area to make it less stuffy.
Overall, I enjoyed both visits in Bag of Beans and look forward to trying more of their dishes to find my favorite.
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