I have been to a ton of awesome food places in Tagaytay, and what I love about it is not only the delicious cuisines, but the fantastic view that matches! Though it was windy and rainy, our dinner at The Lake District did NOT disappoint.
Now, on to the food, shall we?
We started the night with their House Blend Iced Tea (130 PHP).
The Spiced Fries with Tsokolate de Batirol Ganache (200 PHP) is a whole different twist to your usual "dipping French fries into my sundae". It's spiced fries topped with chocolate sauce and ice cream on the side, giving you a bit of a fiery kick mixed with sweet and cold ice cream. Think of it as chili-flavored ice cream, but made even better with potatoes.
Their Greek Salad (200 PHP) is a healthier option for those who want to keep it light (But WHY?!). I would definitely pair this with a whole bowl of sisig. Jk.
The Open-Faced Empanada with Longganisa and Itlog na Maalat is a favorite. It's your usual empanada toppings, but with more of a crunch that has you coming back for one (or four) more. Open-faced = I taste more longganisa than plain breading/chips!
Porchetta with Lake District Liver Sauce (Good for 3) (Php 400) is up to 380 grams of pork belly. You may think it's good for two, but you've got it all wrong. This is fatty and indulgent, exactly how it should be. And with an interestingly unique liver sauce (nope, not Mang Tomas, but better!), you'll want to try getting another slice while your blood levels are still intact.
Adobo Glazed Pork Ribs with Grilled Pineapple Rum (Good for 3) (Php 480) (400g of Pork Ribs) is juicy and the right amount of tender. Though not fall-off-the-bone fantastic, it gives you a homey vibe.
Seafood lovers will appreciate the Spicy Garlic Butter Seafood Platter (Php 380). I loved the tahong, though what got me was the mango and bagoong vinigarrete (I am a HUGE fan of mangoes and bagoong, okay?)
The Lake District Tawilis Sardines Omurice (250) was definitely a treat. I'm used to its Korean version, though from the saltiness of the fish down to the slightly sweet and sour flavored fried rice, it's a yes for me.
The Lake District SIsig (280 PHP) is good for three people or one ravenous Issa. While I'm not usually a fan of mayonnaise on sisig, I did like its juicy texture. Perfect pulutan.
And who wouldn't love the Classic Salmon Sinigang sa Miso (Php 350)? Not too sour but not plain, this is definitely a great viand to have during cold nights in Tagaytay.
You can never go wrong with the Classic Tagaytay Bulalo (Php 490). I mean, why are you in Tagaytay in the first place if you aren't getting a piping hot bowl of bulalo? Tender meat, lots of vegetables, hot and delicious soup... It hits the spot.
Of course, we finish it off with delicious chocolate ice cream made from Batangas tablea. Not too sweet and with a hint of bitterness that doesn't overpower.
I have no idea what to say about the Lake District Chocolate Truffles (Php 250). Thick chocoalte balls with whipped cream? The sweet tooth in me dies just thinking about biting into it again!
The Cream Coffee with Pineapple Marmalade (Php 200) has got to be my new favorite! You'll be surprised by how great the flavors work together.
Lake District is located in Vista Point, Maharlika West, Tagaytay City.
You can contact them for reservations thru their Facebook, or call them at (046) 413 4186.
Since I go to Tagaytay a few times a month, I no longer have to worry about wear to eat anymore! Awesome music, late closing hours, and delicious food like this, you'll have a great time with either friends or family here. ;)