Uncle Cheffy, Tagaytay

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.

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Batangas Bulalo P595

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!

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All-Meat Barbeque Platter (Php 920)

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.

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Lovely Jenny Salad (P230)

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!

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All Meat Barbecue Panizza P628

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.

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Cheffy Cheesecake

Overall

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.

Uncle Cheffy, Tagaytay
Tagaytay – Nasugbu Hwy, Kaybagal South, Tagaytay, Cavite
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but not swayed to write positive reviews. All thoughts and opinion are my own. 

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Chateau Royale Hotel Resort and Spa, Batangas

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.
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The Room

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.

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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.
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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.
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Other than the wave pool, there is a clubhouse pool near the reception area of the resort that is also big.
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The Restaurants

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.

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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

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.

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The Service

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.

The Amenities

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.

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Forest Bar
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Tent Pavilion

The garden is also a good venue for weddings!

Activities

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.

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Overall

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!

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Km. 72 Batulao, Nasugbu, 4231 Batangas
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but not swayed to write positive reviews. All thoughts and opinion are my own. 

Abuela’s, Makati

The rainy season has started and everyone wants to stay and get cozy in their own homes. While the rain is continuously pouring outside, imagine getting up from the bed and your mother or your wife has the food ready for you. This certainly feels home, but what if you are far from it and yet you want to get cosseted like you’re home? From the busy city of Makati, a restaurant in Legaspi Village named Abuela’s can feed your soul and tummy a comfort of home.

Abuela in Spanish is “grandmother” so the restaurant is straightforward to where their dishes come from, but since it has passed from generations to generations, the food has come with a modern twist.

Appetizer

This is not your ordinary Chicken Wings, since it is a Spanish style buffalo wings served with chorizo and olives. The taste is leaning on the salty side.

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Chicken Wings P500

The Kilawin has a subtle touch of tangy because it has done the Negros way plus topped with coconut milk.
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To definitely wow your appetizer, here is Bone Marrow with Truffled Chimichurri and  Onion Mango Jam. The exciting part of eating the dish is when you’re scraping the roasted bone marrow with truffled chimichurri, topping it off at the humble toasted bread and adding the mango jam with it. It is a new taste in your palate. Highly recommended!

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Bone Marrow with Truffled Chimichurri and  Onion Mango Jam P420

Entrees

The Mechado stuffed with Iberico Chorizo looks good to take a photo because of the towering dried squid ink. Yes, that piece of art is edible! The dish has foie gras, and Iberico, a ham produced in Spain and Portugal so this dish must be pretty special.

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Mechado stuffed with Iberico Chorizo P550

The Jojo’s Filipino Curry Prawns with Crab Fat Sauce is enticing to look with the grilled prawns with a Southern Filipino crab fat curry. This one has a buttery taste.

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Jojo’s Filipino Curry Prawns with Crab Fat Sauce P350

The Pinangat is a fish meat and crab meat wrapped in gabi leaves. Drowned in coconut milk sauce, and a little salty, the right word for this dish is overindulgent of cholesterol.

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Pinangat P450

The perfect slice of the pork is simply irresistible. Their Bagnet is not oily and the crunchiness does not hurt or test your jaw. The meat is good itself and it was the best when dipped with the Thai sauce.
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Dessert

Their dessert is still on its plating game. The Molten Lava Cake and the Green Tea Cheesecake are also scene-stealer. Both of them are decadent, well-flavored and rich but the Molten Lava Cake is moister.

 

Verdict

Located on the second floor of Somerset, Abuela’s might be missed when you are strolling along Legaspi Village. The restaurant is spacious, it has a dim light with an elegant strike of home. If you are looking for a venue for corporate events, they can cater since they have function room with a maximum capacity of 25pax, minimum consumable of P20,000.

The price is not that budget-friendly but how the food is presented was the evidence with the price range of Abuela’s. The waitstaff are accommodating yet informal. The taste of the food is overall good. Hence, the modern twist is the interesting thing that you will keep to come back.

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Ambiance: 5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Serving: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Taste: 4/5

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but not swayed to write positive reviews. All thoughts and opinion are my own. Thanks for not judging the quality of the photo. I forgot to bring my camera.

Abuela’s, Makati
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Address: Second Floor, Somerset Millenium Makati, 104 Aguirre Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Call (02) 8052713
abuelasmanila@gmail.com