|The signage along Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, across Magallanes Drive|
|A view of the facade from the very spacious parking lot|
|Driveway leading to the main entrance|
|The Ruins at Bacolod|
I reached the Comedor (comedor is Spanish for dining room) after going down a staircase from the entrance, seeing just a few tables filled. It's a vast space surrounded by ceiling-to-floor glass panels, with natural ventilation from some open glass windows.
Balay Dako blends the traditional with contemporary in its design, incorporating a mixture of wood, concrete, steel, marble and glass elements.
|The Comedor or dining area|
There's nothing extravagant about the table arrangement, just an understated elegance as seen in the details. Embossed table napkins, linen placemats, fine quality tablewares, and that emblem letter A representing a continuing tradition of world-class culinary excellence.
|The table setup, and a proud letter A|
The comedor offers a lot of dining areas for its guests, in various seating configurations for two to twenty or even more. The tables reminded me of the different kinds of tables you typicallly find in Filipino homes, some glass-topped, others made of wood or tiles.
Even the chairs are creatively varied, from contemporary to traditional, all tastefully mixed with the rest of the dining furniture.
|Long wooden table near the bar service area, perfect for large families|
|Tables by the glass-window panels overlooking the lake|
Jonel, my server for the day (a familiar friendly face from Breakfast at Antonio's), gamely posed with the greeter after she led me to my table. A table with the best seats in the house, offering a lovely view of the Taal Lake!
What I really love about Antonio's is how I feel welcome from the moment I park my car until I pay the bill and leave. And this is the same feeling I got here at Balay Dako.
|Thanks, Jonel, for welcoming me to Balay Dako. Til my next visit! :)|
Jonel handed me the menu, a clean and simple clipboard-style collection of traditional Filipino dishes and Negrense classics (Chef Tony Boy Escalante grew up in Bacolod, hence the tribute to his culinary roots).
|Kadios, Baboy at Langka (P290)|
|Piniritong Tawilis (P200)|
To cap off my meal, I ordered a cup of Cafe Cappuccino (P80). Jonel shares that the coffee beans they use are the same ones offered over at Breakfast at Antonio's, but presented Pinoy-style.
|Balay Dako's Cappuccino is served sprinkled with cinnamon powder|
I would have ordered some Antonio's breads to go with the coffee JUST for the Banana Macadamia Jam, but unfortunately the jams are not available here. Perhaps not YET. I did see a space by the entrance which is possibly for a deli/retail store.
These bottled Minced Tuyo with Garlic and Olive Oil are displayed along with the breads, some of which are available only at Balay Dako while some are staples of Breakfast at Antonio's.
|Minced Tuyo with Garlic and Olive Oil|
|A staff preparing the bread display at the center of the hall|
I reserved my craving for Banana Macadamia Jam for my next visit to Breakfast at Antonio's, meanwhile I happily settled for a scoop of avocado ice cream. I'll definitely check out Balay Dako again for dinner and once the bar opens!
|Avocado Sorbetes (P50)|
Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, near Magallanes Drive
Walk-in / Reservation