It’s easy to let your appetite run wild in Tagaytay because of the number of delicious options at every turn, not to mention the appetite-whetting climate and scenery. But if you want to ease the guilty feeling after pigging out, why not indulge consciously in healthier options? Luckily for the health-conscious and vegetarians, Tagaytay abounds with options ranging from farm-to-table to seafood and meatless dishes.
Here are the best restaurants in Tagaytay where you can eat healthy and guilt-free.
Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay has long been known for its healthy offerings that complement its spa treatments. Its in-house restaurant, formerly Gabriela, has been revamped into Farmer’s Table to highlight the farm-to-table concept. Fresh ingredients are sourced from its own farm at Nurture Farmacy and other local suppliers. Vegetarians and meat lovers alike have something to enjoy on the menu, such as the Langka Vegetable Green Curry and the classic Bone Marrow Bulalo.
Location: Nurture Wellness Village, Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim II West, Tagaytay
Business hours: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Contact: +63 905-387-7993
Cafe Voi La
Many Asian cuisines are known for being delicious and healthy, with the prevalent use of vegetables, seafood, and natural spices. You get all of these in Cafe Voi La—not the French voilà but the Vietnamese bởi lá (boy-lah), which means to use leaves.
Highlighting Southeast-Asian fusion cooking, Cafe Voi La has a lot of veggie options such as Thai Pomelo Salad and Vietnamese Spring Rolls. Also don’t miss out on the fresh and flavorful seafood dishes like Khao Soi (coconut curry noodles with salmon).
Location: Crosswinds Tagaytay, Brgy. Iruhin Central, Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Tagaytay City
Business hours: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Mon – Thu), 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. (Fri – Sun)
Contact: +63 905-331-4457
Lime and Basil
Lime and Basil offers a feast of bold flavors that won’t hurt your diet. Its Thai specialties are made with fresh, locally sourced herbs and vegetables. The restaurant also has its own herb garden, which adds a nice ambiance to the al-fresco dining. There are lots of vegetarian options such as the best-selling fresh spring rolls and signature Lime and Basil salad.
Location: 9014 J. Rizal St., Barangay Sicat, Alfonso, Cavite
Business hours: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Contact: +63 915-627-6393
Aozora at the Farm
Another healthy Asian cuisine you can turn to is Japanese, which has much love for vegetables and fresh seafood. Load up on protein with Aozora’s vast array of sashimi and sushi, and match it with their signature Aozora Salad, loaded with greens plus crabsticks. Enjoy these dishes with the refreshing backdrop of the restaurant’s vegetable garden at Aozora at the Farm.
Location: Anna Marianne St., Brgy. Maharlika East, Tagaytay City
Business hours: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Contact: +63 936-980-9656
Taza Fresh Table
Taal Vista Hotel’s Taza Fresh Table prides itself on using sustainably sourced and organic ingredients for its internationally inspired dishes. And if you’re the conscious type who wants to know where your food originates, Taza details them all on the menu, from the vegetables, seafood, and meat down to rice and chocolate. Meanwhile, the romantic gazebo-style restaurant allows even diners stationed inside to enjoy views of Taal Volcano and the fresh Tagaytay breeze.
Location: Taal Vista Hotel, Km. 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City
Business hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Contact: +632 7917-8225
*Featured image via Famer’s Table and Taza Fresh Table