Monday, September 21, 2015

Weekend Getaway: Balay Dako by Antonio’s Chef Tony boy Escalante

I am a fan of Chef Antonio “Tony Boy” Escalante. Ever since he took pity on us and fed us steak during our event, I loved him. And when I heard that he has a new restaurant, I just have to visit.
Hello, Balay Dako!
The quaint ancestral looking green house is the new restaurant of Chef Tony Boy. The place is so charming and the view is beautiful. 
The mosquito net ruins it a bit but you could always go to the second floor’s al fresco area for the unobstructed view.
R’s family took the lead in ordering and they ordered a lot! They ordered Laing na Gabi at Tokwa (PHP280), Adobo (PHP435), Calamares Fritos (PHP350), Sizzling Bulalo na Baka (PHP920), Grilled Chicken (PHP320, half), Prawn Salad, Sinuteng Pusit (PHP535), and Turon con Tikoy at Ube (PHP160).  I also ordered Sago’t Gulaman (PHP140). I’m sure I missed a few more orders.

The first dish that I tried was calamares (no photo as it was attacked when I came back from the second floor). It was cooked well as the squid was not gummy at all. You could also tell that it was fresh with its slight sweet taste.
I missed trying the prawn salad but it looked really good.
The laing was the second dish I tasted and it was delicious! I loved the slightly rough texture from the taro leaves and the sweet yet spicy taste of the sauce and coconut milk.
The adobo was a bit oily but it was rich in flavor and it had a nice peppery taste. But it was nothing special too.
The grilled chicken was so dry that I just had a mouthful of it. It might be better with soup.
I loved the sinuteng pusit. I might be biased though as I like dishes with garlic. But again, the squid used was fresh and it was not gummy at all.
But perhaps the highlight that lunch was the sizzling bulalo. The braised beef shank was tender and oh so flavorful with mushroom sauce. It reminded me of Locavore’s Sizzling Sinigang. (I’m now salivating!)
The turon was good too though since it was served really hot; we had to wait for it to cool down. I liked the turon with ube more than the one with langka.
As for my drink, it was sweet and refreshing. I enjoyed munching the tapioca balls.

Overall, it was a good lunch. There were some dishes that were forgettable and not worth the price but most were delicious. It would have been a great lunch if the pesky flies were not around. I guess the net doesn’t work very well.
Balay Dako is located at Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City. Contact them at +639 17 899 28 66 for inquiries or reservations. 

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