Balay Dako by Antonio’s

We were headed to Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna one Saturday of June, but our restless feet led us to Tagaytay instead. We ended up having early dinner at Balay Dako, It’s easy to spot Balay Dako because it’s located along Emilio Aguinaldo Highway.

I’ve heard good reviews about this Filipino restaurant from other bloggers in the past and not wanting to be left behind, I wanted to try their food offerings, too. Balay Dako in Negrense means “big house.” It is a 3-story house resembling the ancestral home of Chef Antonio “Tony Boy” Escalante in Bacolod. Balay Dako is part of the Antonio’s Group of Restaurants, owned and operated by Chef Tony Boy.

The sky was somewhat dusky when we visited.

But we still managed to capture a breathtaking view of the Taal Volcano from our table.

Bulalo na Baka, Php1,070 (1 to 1.2 kg.)

A visit to Tagaytay won’t be complete without hot bulalo and fried tawilis. This Bulalo na Baka is actually good for 5 to 6 persons. As you can see, it was way too huge for the three of us to consume in one sitting. The solution? Take home what’s left of it. However, I think because of the long drive to our place in Ortigas and despite the fact that we put in the fridge immediately after we arrived home, the leftover bulalo was already spoiled when we reheated it for lunch the next day. Sigh!

The beef shanks look dark and toubh, but they’re actually tender. The soup was hot and flavorsome. We even asked for a soup refill for our take-home bulalo. Lol! I would have wanted more vegetables in my bulalo, however. There was a lot of chunk meat in our huge bowl but so few vegetables.

Pritong Tawilis, Php245

This Pritong Tawilis wasn’t as crispy as we expected it to be. It was actually soft when you bite into it, but it’s delectable nonetheless. Even our 11-year-old son enjoyed it but the bones (since it wasn’t crispy-fried) got in the way of an otherwise very pleasurable dining.

Strawberry Sorbetes, Php60 per scoop

Our son loved this creamy but not-so-sweet Strawberry Sorbetes with real strawberry bits topped with crunchy pinipig (pounded and toasted immature rice grains). He actually wanted another scoop but we were in a hurry to go home. Lol!

Turon con Langka at Saging, Php185

Not to be outdone, the adults, well, that’s hubby and me, had our dessert, too. We ordered Turon con Langka at Saging. This is banana roll with jackfruit coated with brown sugar and sesame seeds. The sesame seeds added a nutty flavor to the crispy turon, which I found rather interesting.

It was a good first try at Balay Dako. I hope we can go back soon.

Balay Dako
Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway
4120 Tagaytay City
Cavite, Philippines
Telephone Nos.: (046) 413-4866; (046) 483-4847

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Kappu Rice Chicken at Kappu Yakiniku

And so I found myself alone at home last Saturday as hubby and son had our car repaired somewhere I don’t know. I was also not in the mood to cook, so I went out by my lonesome to have lunch at Robinsons Galleria before doing my weekly grocery shopping. I opted to dine at Kappu Yakiniku, a Japanese food joint located inside Robinsons Supermarket. Asian Bites used to occupy the exact same spot where Kappu Yakiniku now stands.

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Kappu Rice Chicken, Php118.00

The meaning of the Japanese word “kappu” is “cup” and “yakiniku” means “grilled meat,” so “Kappu Yakiniku” literally means “rice (and grilled meat) in a cup.” My Kappu Rice Chicken, therefore, is “rice + grilled chicken in a cup.”

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See that huge cup?

What I Liked:
• the runny yolk in the soft-boiled egg
• the crisp veggies (bean sprouts and carrots)
• tender chicken
• the generous serving of rice.

What I Didn’t Like:
• The teriyaki sauce was too sweet. It actually overpowered the taste of the other ingredients in my kappu.

My Kappu Rice Chicken was a good enough meal for its price and serving size. I hope they can adjust the sweetness of the teriyaki sauce, though, to make it more palatable.

Kappu Yakiniku
Ground Level, Robinsons Galleria
Inside Robinsons Supermarket
Quezon City

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Free Online Jigsaw Puzzles for the Entire Family at JSPuzzles!

I was very early for my dental appointment yesterday. I have already learned my lesson not to be late for this when it was my son’s turn last week. Because we were almost 30 minutes behind our scheduled appointment time, the clinic had to accommodate patients who came in early and we had to wait an hour at least to be attended to. Sigh!

So yeah, because I don’t like wasting time, I went 30 minutes early not realizing that the mall where the dental clinic is located won’t open until 10:00 a.m. Tough luck! I would have been exasperated at the ituation I was in, but I wasn’t. That’s because I found something amusing to do while waiting in line for the mall doors to open. I was playing jigsaw puzzles online at JSPuzzles using my smartphone.

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Their jigsaw puzzles are also fun and safe for all ages, so you, your kids and the entire family will definitely have a grand time solving jigsaw puzzles at JSPuzzles. No money, no worries! You don’t need to spend anything on these unique puzzles because they’re all for free! So what are you waiting for? Sit back, relax and enjoy these free online jigsaw puzzles now!

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