When life feels a bit dry, I go in search for things to try.  So I thought of traveling all the way South to try Sartin's heirloom recipes of the North. 

sartin summit ridge hotel tagaytay
It's been a long time since I last stayed at Summit Ridge Hotel

sartin summit ridge hotel tagaytay
I thought it's an awesome idea to have Sartin serving Quezon, Tarlac and Bacolod Heritage Dishes in Tagaytay.

sartin summit ridge hotel tagaytay

Pastries for sale greets every visitor that comes in. 

sartin summit ridge hotel tagaytay
On the side, there's also a chiller of cakes and snacks. 

sartin summit ridge hotel tagaytay
Didn't expect to see a bar.  It looks grand doesn't it? 

sartin summit ridge hotel tagaytay
The interiors is great for group dining.  These are cozy looking booths.

Mga Pica-Pica at Merienda  
Batchoy (305 php)

Imagine the chilly atmosphere of Tagayatay comfortably warmed by the rich, warm and savory    Batchoy with delicious fresh beef chunks and marrow.  Ah perfection...
Kalabasa, Kamote at Kesong Puti Salad (425 php)

Kansi (655 php)
Well, you can have more soups in a meal.  The Kansi is also a must try.

Chicken Charon (165 php)
You can't let your fingers off these Chicken Charon.  Let's crunch this dish all the way.

Mga Gulay at Kanin

Laswa (295 php)
Veggies can be good with Laswa which is a warming and hearty dish to try.  

kalkag rice
Kalkag Rice (215 php)
 The Kalkag Rice goes so well with any dish.

Sartin Signature Menu 
Valenciana (495 php)

The Valenciana is different from other paella I've tried before.  It is made of sticky rice used in Filipino kakanin dishes. 

lechon ng tadyang na baka
Lechon na Tadyang ng Baka (1975 php)
The Lechon na Tadyang ng Baka is hands down the best dish among all our orders at Sartin.

Quezon (Lola Agnes)


Tarlac (Mommy Jet)
Callos (449 php)
 The Callos has always been one of my favorite Spanish dishes.  Love how the strong tangy tomato sauce compliments the tender tongue strips here. 
pork sisig
Pork Sisig (319 php)

The Pork Sisig comes with liver bits.  As a liver lover, how can I resist?  I would also like to commend how lean this sisig is. 

Weekly Special
beef kaldereta
Beef Kaldereta

Sartin also offers weekly special which you can see on its chalkboard by the entrance.

tibok tibok
Tibok-Tibok (245 php)

The Tibok-Tibok is a rare find.  We all rejoiced upon finding this delectable carabao-milk-based treat.  It so velvety-soft as it slowly melts in the mouth.

leche flan
Leche Flan

The Leche Flan is quite unique because it also has carabao milk mixed in.  This is one of the best Leche Flan I've ever had.

Ginumis (169 php)
Although I didn't get to try the Ginumis, it look so delicious!

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Sartin Menu
Ambiance N/A
=Favorites or Recommended 
Business Address Summit Ridge Hotel, Km. 58 Gen. Aguinaldo Highway, Maharlika West, Tagaytay City
Business Hours 11am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 500-1,500
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 240-6816

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We're very fortunate to have a healthy food scene in the Philippines.   Even cafes like Little Owl Cafe update their menu from time to time.

little owl cafe flatlay
I've previously shared about this place so I'll skip the intro and get on with the food.  The service was better and the food was served with not much idle time to spare.

All Star Breakfast
omelete chorizo rice
Omelette Chorizo Rice (270 php)
Don't you agree that the Omelette Chorizo Rice takes the semblance of the Japanese Omurice dish?  Taste-wise, it is very different.  The glaced sauce and savory chorizo is specially chosen to appeal to the Filipino tastebuds. 

sisig taco
Sisig Tacos (220 php)
I must say that this is not the first time that I've encountered a fusion dish like this.  What I like about Little Owl's  Sisig Tacos is the harmonious ingredients.  However, I felt that the shell isn't at par with my standards for soft shell tacos. 

glazed caulliflower
Glazed Cauliflower (220 php)
It's amazing to see everyone addictively popping vegetables into their mouths because of the Glazed Cauliflower.  The flavor and texture is perfect that even the pickiest kids will eat this for sure!

Rice Bowls
lechon kawali bibimbap
Lechon Kawali Bibimbap (320 php)
I've always been a fan of the Korean bibimbap dish.  Yet, I never imagined that the Lechon Kawali Bibimbap would work so wonderfully.

chicken satay bowl
Chicken Satay (350 php)
If I would choose between the rice bowls, it would be the Chicken Satay.  I found the skewers to be fun to eat and the flavor goes well with the fried rice.

chicken and waffle
Chicken & Waffle (270 php)
When I first tried the Chicken & Waffle, I felt that waffle was not complementing the fried chicken.  But, they must have revised the recipe because it was perfect!

beef and tapa cheese sandwich
Beef Tapa & Cheese (295 php)
I love cheese steak sandwiches but there aren't much remarkable ones to take note of here in Manila.  Now, let me add the Beef Tapa & Cheese on the list!

truffle mushroom pasta
Truffle Mushroom (350 php)
When presented with a glorious pasta dish like the Truffle Mushroom, how can I not oblige myself? 
I loved this to bits!

shrimp and aligue
Shrimp & Aligue (350 php)
Forget about the cholesterol because the Shrimp & Aligue will completely woo your taste buds. 

beef rendang
Beef Rendang (420 php)
With some staple, the tender and supremely succulent Beef Rendang is an excellent choice when you're craving for a Malaysian spiced dish. 

kimchi salmon sinigang
Kimchi Salmon Sinigang (420 php)
If you're looking for a unique and unforgettable new dish to try, then go for the Kimchi Salmon Sinigang.  This is a really ingenuous!

I am very much impressed with the menu update!  A perfect execution for Little Owl Cafe!  My primary visit here would always be for the Toby's Estate Coffee.  Now, I would certainly order good food to go with it. 

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A hotel staycation should always be complimented with great food.  During my stay at Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle.  I found it convenient to have my dinner at the hotel's mainstay restaurant - Cafe  Romancon.

cafe romancon hotel benilde
Located at the ground level by the entrance, you surely can't miss it.  For hotel guests, they are acquainted with it as soon as they arrive as this is where they can claim their welcome drinks.  During mornings, they also offer a buffet breakfast.


kani mango salad
Kani Mango Salad (190 php)
The Kani Mango Salad really surprised me because it was very different from the usual Japanese kani salad I've had.  It had crunchy rice noodles, dried mango, crab stick bits and lots of greens.  I loved it!  I appreciated the creativity that was invested into this.

Main Entree
friesian express
Friesian Express (350 php)
I'm not sure where the name Friesian Express came from.  But, this looks like a good piece of steak to me at an unbelievable cheap price.

medium well steak
Friesian Express (350 php)
It is cooked medium which I appreciated for having the tenderness and juiciness that I preferred.

sizzling brownies
Sizzling Brownies (225 php)
A great finale to have is the Sizzling Brownies.  It was a fun experience to pour the milk and watch it sizzle.  The brownie which swims in it like a hot spring gains flavor as well.  You have to experience the fun for yourselves!  Bring company because this is more fun to be shared.

TIP:  Avail of Cafe Romancon and Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle seasonal promos for more savings!

christmas getaway

dinner buffet promo

christmas day lunch buffet

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Cafe Romancon is very affordable compared to other hotel cafes.    Yet, its offerings are quite creative and impressive.  I would surely love to dine here again.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Cafe Romancon Menu
Ambiance ★★
Taste ★★
Service ★★
Price ★★★
=Favorites or Recommended 
Cafe Romancon
Business Address Hotel Benilde, Arellano Avenue Corner Estrada Street, Malate, Manila
Business Hours 5am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 230-5230
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