Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Green ATS Restaurant in Tagaytay

After a challenging 3-day event at Taal Vista Hotel, our team had a sort of dinner celebration at Green ATS Restaurant. Of course, we wouldn’t want to leave Tagaytay without sampling the city’s famous dish—bulalo (beef shank and marrow bones simmered into a broth).

Green ATS Restaurant is located along the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, after Bag of Beans when you’re coming from the Rotonda going towards Residence Inn. Green ATS is famous for its bulalo, tawilis (a kind of freshwater sardine found only in the Philippines) and its breathtaking view of the Taal Lake.

It was already 7:00 pm when we arrived so we were not able to see the view. But the restaurant, sitting along the ridge, has a nice traditional Filipino vibe—with fine wooden chairs/tables and some nipa huts.

Now, for the food--they basically serve traditional Filipino dishes. We had the following:

Special Bulalo (PhP 435, extra size which is good for 3-4 pax) —Perfect for the cold weather. Soup is savory. But it was mainly cabbage. Bone marrow is too big with almost no meat. The small piece of meat that I was able to get was tender though.
Fried Tawilis (PhP 125 for 10 pieces) – Just the right crispiness from the head to the bones. Dip it in spicy vinegar and eat it with steaming white rice and hot bulalo soup... perfect!
Kare-Kare (PhP 510, good for 5-6 pax) – I have tasted much better versions of this in other restaurants. This one has nothing much on it—just stew, cabbage, eggplant and oxtail
Pinaputok na Tilapia (PhP 285, good for 3 pax) – This one’s good.  Tilapia is stuffed with a generous amount of tomatoes, onions, and ginger. 
Grilled Liempo (Php 180, good for 2 pax) – It was so burnt and hard to chew
Chopsuey (PhP 155, good for 2 pax) - Good way to balance our meal with this nice mix of vegetables and some meat/seafood.
Pancit Bihon (Php 185, good for 3-4 pax) no meat P185 – The noodles was cooked just right and is flavourful.

For large groups, you can order their Steamed Rice Platter at PhP 185 which is already good for 5 – 7 persons.

Nothing fancy about their food but price is affordable. Downside is, it took about 45 minutes to prepare our orders. Also, if you are going to use the restroom, be prepared to use a tabo to get water from the faucet outside the cubicle.

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