Sunday, January 16, 2011

Marcia Adams: A Slice of Tuscany or Something

When a place has no signboard, yet majority of the online community is raving about it, then it must be worth the trip up the highlands of Tagaytay.

One can easily miss this wooden gate with a door knocker that hints you've reached the beautiful abode of Neil and Marcia Adams.

The wild garden with brick walkway is just so pretty.

Is it Tuscan enough?

I have no idea. I've never been to Tuscany but the ambiance of the place is just lovely that I am at a lost for words to describe it.

We were seated at the rustic restaurant with pretty wild floral arrangement here and there. Neil Adams warmly welcomed us and gave a rundown on the menu. Filipino hosts should learn a thing or two from this man.

The set menu is a straightforward 3-course meal which is priced at PhP 700 - 900 a person.

I wasn't able to take a photo of the appetizer but the thick pumpkin soup and amalfi prawns (prawn with breading on thin wafer) are worth the try.

The tanigue kebab is light and tasty, good with couscous.

While the aromatic grilled pork is a gourmet rendition of the classic inihaw na liempo.

We shared dessert and started off with the fried banana with dark chocolate dip. The dip is nutella and my mind keeps mistaking the banana for french fries.

The seared orange with vanilla ice cream is surprisingly a light touch to end a tasty meal.

I generally get by with water but Neil is right, the drinks are not overpowering and pair well with any of the dishes.

Person A had Ginger beer. It is brewed ginger hence it doesn't taste like beer at all. I suspect this will be up and running as my drink of choice.

Their house Lemon-Lime-Bitter concoction is also a good choice since it's made of dalandan (my guess) and soda water.

In Summary
1. The price is value for money given the portion size and nice ambiance of the place. The food could do a little more so that you can write home about it. Still, I'd choose Marcia Adams any given day.

2. They don't accept credit card. Since we had no cash between us, we had to drive back 4 km in heavy traffic because the nearest ATM is at the Mendez junction. Don't make the mistake of driving to Nasugbu - it's 30 km away!

3. The place is good for a romantic dinner, catching up with friends and a hearty meal with family. The rustic restaurant would feel more complete if there are kids running around.

4. I'd like to come back late afternoon to witness the famed sunset at the lounge and enjoy the wild garden.

P.S. There's no intent to make this entry a food review. I am bad at it.

J.P.Rizal St.
Sikat, Alfonso 

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