Lets just get it out of the way - Marcia prepares and serves some of the best continental cuisine in the world.
This is not Filipino style food, Asian food, or even French with an Asian influence. This is pure European. Marcia Adams' cooking would stand out in Spain, France or Italy. But as she happens to be in rural Philippines, the experience takes on a surreal quality. You would expect the view from her table to be the blue Mediterranean or vineyards in France, but instead you have the rolling hills of Cavite with carabao pulling plows turning the soil.
Marcia and her husband have built a beautiful restaurant using reclaimed materials including very old hand-hewn logs. They have a large patio made of bricks imported long ago from Europe to build sugarcane furnaces. They have filled the place with plants and gardens. To ensure they have the ingredients they need they grow many of their own herbs.
In my opinion, it is worth the drive from Manila to Tagaytay just to have dinner here. If you are going to Tagaytay to see Lake Taal and looking for a place to dine, you might re-order your priorities and instead go see Lake Taal on the way to Marcia's.
We enjoyed the rabbit that could have easily been served at a fine restaurant in France and the octopus that with eyes closed put me in Spain. And when we were there she was preparing a grilled orange that was delicious elegant simplicity, though I personally preferred the guava shells with crème fraîche. (But I am stealing the grilled orange and will be serving that at my house soon.)
** NOTE: There are no signs. You need to know how to get here. Their FaceBook page has an excellent map with photos and once you have the map it is easy to find.
** Consider Marcia began cooking western food about 10 years ago and is completely self taught. She is not one of the chefs that has "retired" to Tagaytay. She is a natural genius.
** Our full meal with appetizers, entree, dessert and drinks was less than 2,500 php or about $50.00 USD. Even by Philippine standards, considering the quality and experience, this was a bargain as the same meal in Manila would cost at least twice as much.
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