For over a decade now, Sonya Garcia has been welcoming guests to her private sanctuary, Sonya's Garden.
Sonya's Garden is a Tagaytay institution known for serving country cuisine using fresh organic ingredients.
It's been a long while since I last visited Sonya's Garden and it was time that I make a return trip considering my new found desire to eat healthier this year.
|Street To Enter for Sonya's Garden|
The path leading to the main dining hall is surrounded by greenery. Most guests explore the garden before eating to take pictures and appreciate the calming scenery.
The al fresco dining area, at least to me, looked like a greenhouse with its transparent roof and clear walls. It was spacious with a relaxed atmosphere making it the perfect venue to have a leisurely meal.
|A Portion of the Dining Area|
Sonya's Garden offers an eat all you can set menu at 610.00php per pax. It is comprised of:
Refreshing but nothing special
|Wholewheat Sesame Bread with Homemade Dips (mushroom pate, white cheese or kesong puti, bruschetta tomato, basil pesto, anchovies)|
The bread was freshly baked and tasty. I adored pairing the bread with the mushroom pate because it gave the bread a creamy texture with a slightly sweet flavor. I also enjoyed the white cheese and basil pesto toppings. The dip I liked the least was the anchovies as it was too salty.
|Green Salad of Lettuce and Arugula|
|With Mango, Broad Beans, Pineapple, Cucumber, Jackfruit, Eggs, Nuts plus Sonya's Secret Dressing|
This is the small serving of fresh and crunchy vegetables that I had. My salad creation was such a joy to eat because it had a lot of mangoes, nuts, eggs, and jackfruit in it. Healthy though, it was not.
|Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato and Creamy Chicken with Mango Sauces plus toppings such as ratatouille, salmon belly, shitake mushrooms, black olives, capers and grated parmesan cheese, pepperoncini.|
The sauces have the tendency to taste old after a few forkfuls so I usually combine both sauces to achieve a more complex flavor. The salmon was overcooked more than usual during our visit.
I have always loved turon and it was no different with Sonya's version. Extra props for it not being overly sweet and oily.
|Glazed Sweet Potato|
Too rich a dessert for me
Warm tea to cap a surprisingly full and heavy meal at Sonya's Garden
Aside from eating at Sonya's Garden, one can also...
|Purchase Organic Products,|
|Have A Massage,|
|Stay at the Bed and Breakfast,|
|and Visit the Panaderia.|
From all the activities to choose from, I headed straight to the Panaderia (unsurprising I know!!!).
|The Compact Store that Could|
|Sonya's Panederia Menu Board|
In order to compensate for the healthy meal that I had, I bought some goodies from the Panaderia:
|Homemade Chocolate Cake|
The cake was actually served with the set menu and I loved it so much that I brought home a whole cake. Soft, moist, and has the right level of sweetness.
It has strong adobo flavors with big chunks of chicken inside. It was too salty though.
The creamy consistency and exquisite ingredients elevated this neighborhood panederia staple to another level.
Generous amount of raisins with strong cinnamon flavors
One of the Panederia's bestsellers, the hopia is made from pure parmesan cheese. I especially loved the combination of sweet hard crust mixed with delicate salty cheese. So addicting to eat.
As you might have noticed, I failed to have a healthy meal at Sonya's Garden because I went crazy with the breads at the Panederia.
Admittedly, I did enjoy the Panederia more than the set menu offering but I would still recommend the restaurant because one hasn't truly experienced Tagaytay without having a meal at Sonya's Garden .
Consider it as a rite of passage to Tagaytay.
Sonya's Garden is located at Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite, Philippines. For more information, click here.