Day Two: Lunch at Leslie’s Tagaytay

The view of Taal Lake at Leslie’s Restaurant in Tagaytay (2011)

Our second day in Tagaytay, we started out with an early lunch at Leslie’s.

Again, we tried to be extremely selective with our order.  We ended up with their specialty, baked mussels, ginataang sitaw at kalabasa (green beans and squash in coconut milk) and their sinigang na lapu-lapu.  Tagaytay is one of those places where sipping hot soup entrees like sinigang, bulalo and tinola is highly recommended to combat the crisp cool weather.  In addition, we also ordered the usual mango shake for me and a can of pineapple juice for the mister.

Ginataang sitaw at kalabasa at Leslie’s Restaurant in Tagaytay, Philippines (2011)
(Green beans and kabotcha squash cooked in coconut milk)

Sinigang na lapu-lapu at Leslie’s Restaurant Tagaytay City (2011)

During lunch, a group of singers accompanied by a guitar player serenaded us as we ate our meal, looking out towards Taal Volcano Island.

I enjoyed the ambiance of Leslie’s and appreciated the natural materials used to decorate the dining room.  We also enjoyed the wonderful view of Taal Volcano Island and Taal Lake.

Inside Leslie’s dining room full of natural materials for a traditional Filipino-style dining experience.

I’d referred to for restaurant recommendations and decided to give Leslie’s a try despite the negative comments and reviews.  Granted, we weren’t there during lunch hour rush so I wouldn’t be able to comment on their service during busy periods.  I also cannot comment on how the staff handled complaints or issues because we didn’t have any.  I found nothing unusual in their food (someone mentioned they found a worm floating in the bulalo) and their attentiveness was enough for us to know they were there but didn’t hover over us as if they were hoping we’d hurry the hell up.

I can’t speak too passionately about the food.  Both main entrees were good but not spectacular.  On the other hand, the baked mussels was our absolute favorite.  We devoured the cheesy, succulent mussel meat with gusto.  Boy, was that delish!


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