Last June, I visited a Japanese restaurant where the name is inspired by the location of Tagaytay. Because it is known for its cooler climate and high altitude Aozora, when translated in Japanese means “blue sky”, is deemed fit to name a restaurant in Tagaytay.
Aozora that is previously located in Domicillo Hotel, the restaurant can now be found in SVD Road and will continue to expand only in the area of Tagaytay to sustain its brand and to also be a go-to place in Tagaytay for the next coming years.
The bloggers and I able to try some of their dishes that are cooked in an authentic style by their Japanese Chef, Seiji Kamura. The ingredients are also fresh from Japan since their supplier goes back to Japan every now and then. With all that information I got, I cannot wait to share the food served to us! Please continue reading 😉
The Dragon Maki is served in a round chopping board plate that adds charm to the food. Since the nori is inside, and the rice is outside, this kind of maki is fragile yet surprisingly crunchy! I love how tasty this maki is.
The Aozora Ramen with a twist of Filipino taste of bulalo where Tagaytay is known for has a unique taste; it seems the broth is not from the beef. On the other hand, the beef that comes with it is very tender and flavorful.
Next served to us is the Chicken Teriyaki that is pleasantly smoky and the Seafood Teppanyaki that has a subtle hint of oyster sauce.
Of course, Tempura is a must and pairing it with Yasai Itame is a perfect combination!
They also serve breakfast like Omurice, served with miso soup and Sumiyaki coffee. They are open daily from 9:00 to 22:00.
From the outside, the vibe of Japanese ambiance has already taken into place because of the brown woods and the black accent of the restaurant. The price is competitive with the other Japanese restaurants I visited in the city. The serving is good for two and its taste is authentic I may say. The service is also efficient.
Embracing the beauty of Taal Lake from afar is one of the reasons why people love to go to Tagaytay. As tourism continues to grow, putting up an amusement park like The Sky Ranch Tagaytay is one way for the people to spend their day happily by having a fun ride experience.
For the people who are hungry but do not want to go far from the amusement park, there are restaurants in the area. Some of the restaurants in Sky Ranch can only be found in Tagaytay while others also have branches in Metro Manila like Uncle Cheffy. With 13 Uncle Cheffy branches, sure this restaurant should you have not missed.
People might think Uncle Cheffy Tagaytay settled for the same food as they offer in Manila area but the Batangas Bulalo is an exception. Tagaytay that is known for offering bulalo, Uncle Cheffy make way to this beef soup dish zipped in by the locals and tourists. The soup is very rich and flavorful inclining to the salty side.
Craving for meat? Uncle Cheffy has All Meat Barbecue Platter brimming with the meat of lamb, beef, pork, and chicken. The lamb is good that it has a hint of herbs, and the beef is tender. The beef has a little sour touch when putting Memphis sauce on the side. The pork is chewy and sugary but still, it tasted good. On the other hand, the chicken is bland but pairing it with the sauce on the side satiates your palate. Oops, let’s not forget the delicious potato marbles!
After getting carnivorous, the Lovely Jenny Salad do not only give you leafy vegetables but also generous slices of apples, salmon, in a French dressing. The salad is named after the founder’s wife.
After having salad, here comes the All Meat Barbecue Panizza, where Uncle Cheffy is known for. The thinness of the bread gives more the room for savoring the flavor of the toppings. It is cheesy and topped with beef teriyaki, pork barbecue, and chicken barbecue meat! A-must order!
Lastly, the contrasting color of cream cheese and chocolate of Cheffy Cheesecake keeps you a lot of spoonful bites. The cream cheese is not as smooth as you would expect but it is the chocolate, in particular, entices you to have more.
Uncle Cheffy Tagaytay has adapted the nearby restaurants where it feels cozy. On the other hand, they have maintained the ambiance of the restaurant along with other Uncle Cheffy branches like the presence of the wood and the yellowish lighting. With this ambiance, people might think that going here for a meal is pricey but your P500 is enough to feel full and the serving is also big. The waiters are all attentive and as for the taste, it is overall good.
Chateau Royale is a spa and resort in Batangas that is more or less 13 km away to Tagaytay. Its accessibility to Tagaytay is one of the advantages of choosing this accommodation. As Tagaytay is known for its cool weather because of its high altitude, tourists and even locals frequent here to relax and to enjoy the scenic view of the smallest volcano in the world, the Taal Lake. So if the best hotels in Tagaytay are fully booked, resorting to Chateau Royal Hotel Resort and Spa is a nice place to go.
Chateau Royale has a lot of accommodations around since the resort is 100 hectares. From cabins, townhouses to hotels, Chateau Royale has it. My friends and I stayed in the Skylight Tower. The facade of the building is a glass that makes to look like a university from the outside. By closely looking at it, the glass looks like it was just added to the structure; I guess they have done this to keep the guests away from the rain. Nevertheless, it’s nice that we can already see the view outside even if we’re on the third floor.
Our room is large and we were actually 5. The room has a living room with TV, a kitchen bar, ref, a cabinet, and 1 single bed and 1 twin size. We added 3 extra beds. Towels, linens, are clean but the blanket is not a comforter. There are also shampoos, conditioners, toothpaste, and tissue.
Meanwhile, here are the other rooms we saw while strolling around. The log cabin looks pretty cool and the townhouses look like we’re somewhere in the US.
The Swimming Pool
The swimming pool of Chateau Royale is a thing that they can be proud of. The pool is huge and it also has waves but only works on a specific schedule. If I remember it right, the schedule in the morning is from 9 to 9:30 and 11 to 11:30, I guess.
There’s also a pool bar where the entire pool can be seen and to where the picture above is taken.
Also, there are life-size floaters to play around. Look how fun this is! Even the setting of the pool area looks like a beach.
Other than the wave pool, there is a clubhouse pool near the reception area of the resort that is also big.
We arrived around 12 noon so we have decided to eat at One Fishing Place. It’s a Filipino theme floating restaurant where there are coys swimming freely underneath our nipa huts. The food served to us tasted great. I just noticed though that they like thick sauce so much.
The next morning, we ate at the Asian Grill. It’s a buffet type serving Asian cuisine. However, don’t expect much for the food. The exterior of the place looks posh, though.
There are other 2 restaurants which we have not tried, the Veranda Cafe and the Pan de Chateau.
The Spa has a promising ambiance that totally made us feel relaxed. Aside from body massage, their spa has a gym, a sauna, and an indoor pool. We totally love the pool since it feels so private and luxurious. For promos, here are the Chateau Royale rates.
Since Chateau Royal Resort and Spa is a huge resort, the from and to would take a lot of time for the guests so they have provided shuttle service for the convenience of everybody. The staff are all accommodating and friendly.
Chateau Royale Resort and Spa is very suitable as a company outing venue since the place is very spacious. There’s Forest Sports Bar, Tent Pavillion good for private functions. They have halls for conferences or functions and they also have the facility for team building like the obstacle course as seen on the picture below.
The garden is also a good venue for weddings!
Some of the outdoor activities that can be done here are rock climbing, zipline, playground, basketball, badminton, orchidarium, badminton court, swan lake, archery, and aviary.
Chateau Royale has a lot to offer to the guests. While I was there, I can say that there are a lot of foreigners who chose to stay here. From the statues displayed to every part of the resort, I can guarantee that the owner is a Chinese. On the other hand, I hope they will continue to have a facility upgrade to have more recommendations from the guests. It was an awesome experience to stay in a large resort but the downside of a property this big is the difficulty of its maintenance. Overall, I can see the success of the business of Chateau Royale in the future especially that the people are looking for are mostly there. I hope that they will not only give what the guest needs but also what the guest wants and that is to feel like a royal!