Aside from the relaxing view of the Taal Volcano and the historic shrines and grandeur establishments, Taal, Batangas has more to offer — its local cuisine. Experience authentic Taaleno culinary scene in these restaurants that you have to visit while exploring Taal. Don’t forget to order Kapeng Barako after a meal!
- Feliza Taverna Y Cafe
The house where this restaurant sits is a century old Bahay-na-Bato owned by Feliza Diokno, the private secretary of the late president Emilio Aguinaldo. Currently, the restaurant’s kitchen is now headed by Chef Giney Villar who trained at the American Culinary Federation. Enjoy some of Feliza Taverna Y Cafe’s bestsellers like Adobo sa Dilaw (adobo using turmeric), Sinaing na Tulingan (bullet fish stewed with water, souring agents, like kamias and pork fat until the fish bones become very tender) and Tapang Taal (served with a side dish of mango and papaya salad). Also, never miss their Pancit Taal. And before capping off a visit here, best to taste the Sans Rival Feliz Chocolate cake or Taal Suman a la Feliza, served with three kinds of dips: tablea, coconut cream, and mango.
Address: 6 F. Agoncillo St. Barangay Poblacion
- Cafe At the Ranch
Cafe at the Ranch is a restaurant tucked inside the MGM Ranch and Farm. Feel the fresh air and the lush green while dining in here. Cafe At the Ranch serves dishes that combines the flavors of western cuisines with traditional Batangueno dishes. Enjoy some of the favorite dishes here like Jack Daniels Baby Back Ribs, MGM’s chicken cordon Bleu, Baked Salmon and Carbonisa or Carbonara with Longanisang Taal. And for dessert, try their Brownie Belgian Waffle, or the Je Taime or Banana with Nutella and tablea sauce or just go with their Mixed Berries Cheesecake, and paired it with, of course, Kapeng Barako.
Address : MGM RANCH AND FARM- Mahabang Ludlod Taal, Batangas
- Don Juan Boodle House
If you’re planning to visit Taal in groups, Don Juan Boodle House is for your pack. This restaurant in Taal serves Filipino dishes in boodle style servings. Its menu is unique that there are no any traces of a la carte meals, instead, meals that are grouped into regional style. Its menu includes Ilocos boodle, Davao boodle, Inihaw boodle, and of course, Taal specialties boodle which is made off Taal favorites like tapang Taal, longanisang Taal, inihaw na baboy, pritong Tawilis, ginataang sitaw at kalabasa, sinaing na tulingan at kalabasa and adobo sa dilaw.
Calle Jose W. Diokno, Taal, Batangas
- Tampuhan Cafe Gallery
A bed and breakfast, cafe and gallery, a restaurant named after to one of Juan Luna’s art, is one of the best places to have a taste of Taal’s authentic cuisine, Tampuhan Art Cafe. Inside the art cafe, there are artworks and art pieces that can transcend you to the era when this restaurant stood. And while you laze on the dining table and unfold the stories from the past, you can enjoy Tampuhan’s best selling dishes like the Vincent Tagalog, a dish made off with a special longganisa side with a salad and a sunny die up egg. Also, try some of Taal’s popular dishes like the Taal Pork Tapsilog. And to conclude your visit here, enjoy a Nilagang Kape while enjoying the view of the Pansipit River inside Tampuhan Arts Cafe.
Calle Marcela Agocillo, Poblacion 6, Taal, Batangas