The Dining Room at Gourmet Farms

The Dining Room at Gourmet Farms

Hello and kumusta (how are you), dear GG readers?! Let me take you to a day of gourmet Mediterranean cuisine and A FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY. Brought to us by The Dining Room at Gourmet Farms in Silang, Cavite.



We were first welcomed by the courtly Director for Wellness of Gourmet Farms, Dr Jason Penaranda. Then came the vivacious Ms Ginny De Villa, the Sales and Marketing Director. Everyone in the restaurant was so pleasant and convivial. Immediately, I sensed an atmosphere of strong bond and synergy within and among the staff. I usually trust my first impressions…



Recently committing to a healthier diet with occasional “cheat days”, I found myself gravitating to the salad bar. Knowing at the back of my mind that Gourmet Farms produces true organic products, I prepped myself for some serious grazing. Baa!



Green Ice-Arugula-Ashitaba

Green Ice-Arugula-Ashitaba



The Dining Room adopted the concept of an open kitchen. Curiosity nudged me to peek at what was going on that Saturday lunch hour. The culinary team exuded composure and exchanged smiles with us. Customer orders were non-stop.

Weekend at The Dining Room

Weekend at The Dining Room

The Culinary Team At Work

The Culinary Team At Work

I had the privilege of taking quick snaps as the dishes came out in brief intervals. I witnessed the freshness of each dish…the heavenly aroma permeating the air in front of me. I had an inkling our lunch was going to be gastronomic!

Beef Kebabs

Beef Kebabs

Gyros with Pesto Chips

Gyros with Pesto Chips

Beef Pot Roast

Beef Pot Roast

“Time for lunch!”, Ms Ginny exclaimed. “Come, Alesah. I hope they serve us the salmon. It’s my all-time favourite!” I was happy she and Doc J joined us. They briefed us a little about the history of Gourmet Farms and the organic farm tour that was organised. Then it was followed by a very casual and fun tête-à-tête.

Baba Ghanoush

Baba Ghanoush



Mediterranean cuisine was evident in The Dining Room’s menu. For starters, we were presented with comforting hummus and smoky baba ghanoush with Gourmet Farms’ very own crunchy pesto chips and pita bread.

Signature Lemonade

Signature Lemonade

The hosts knew we came from the sweltering drive from the metro. We were served one of the coolers that made a mark in my discerning palate – The Dining Room’s Signature Lemonade. The hint of basil enlivened the common lemonade taste. The pomegranate syrup provided for a perfect nectar finish. I halved the glass down with one gulp. This drink gave me a “natural high”.

Fattoush Salad

Fattoush Salad

I secretly salivated at the Mango Salad that a guest ordered. At the sight of the Fattoush Salad picked fresh from the farm approaching our table, Bhing and I were more than delighted. Like children, we clapped our hands in unison. Our gracious hosts indulged us in our simple moment of joy as we munched on our veggies.

Baked Salmon

Baked Salmon

I understood why Ms Ginny raved about the salmon. It came atop a scoop of creamy mashed potato. The flesh was soft and fresh without a trace of fishy taste and smell. Spooning (or forking) it with the mashed potato yielded a buttery union that melted in the mouth.

Grilled Tuna Belly

Grilled Tuna Belly

I am a certified tuna fan. But the salmon fought back. To me, it was an obvious draw between the two fish dishes.

Mediterranean Lamb Stew

Mediterranean Lamb Stew

The first time I had mutton was in an authentic Indian restaurant in Makati. My weird imagination of a cute and fluffy lamb calling out impedes me from enjoying the dish. Plus the gamey flavour. Chef Enrico’s preparation of the Mediterranean Lamb Stew temporarily deleted my kindergarten memory of the cuddly animal. Gaminess washed out; the meat made tender. The seven spices and couscous collaborated towards this winning dish.

Pasta Pescatore

Pasta Pescatore

Pasta and pizza lovers need not fret. There are several pizza and pasta items in the menu. The Pescatore and Gourmet Pizza make an excellent duo of red and white sauces. You’re sure to get the perfect al dente pasta and copious seafood or frutti di mare along with other fresh ingredients.

Gourmet Pizza

Gourmet Pizza

This was one of those times I silently wished desserts were not to be served…YET! I wanted some time to make space for more great food. Fortunately, they decided to offer desserts after the walking organic farm tour.

Pianist at The Dining Room

Pianist at The Dining Room

I must proclaim that this lunch was a truly gourmet experience. Having the knowledge that your food is just picked from the backyard (read: 12 hectares of farm area) and concocted by creative chefs and staff gives you the assurance that not many restaurants could.

Potato Salad

Potato Salad

I exhausted my brain in an attempt to fault any of the dishes. But all my efforts proved futile. All of The Dining Room’s dishes that I sampled tasted as they looked. No pretensions. They were simply fresh, mouthwatering, creative, perfected.



I was happy my first impression lasted. The Dining Room shared with me an experience of true gastronomy from the farm to the diner’s table.

GIVEAWAY ALERT (For Philippine residents only):

The Dining Room (by Gourmet Farms) would love to meet NOT ONE BUT TWO of Gourmet Getaways avid readers and his/her family or friends. The prize: P2500 RESTAURANT VOUCHER EACH to TWO (2) WINNERS *See terms & conditions

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*Terms and conditions

    1.  For dine-in at The Dining Room in Gourmet Farms only.
    2. May be used until 31 January 2015 only, 11am to 9pm, except when TDR is closed for exclusive functions.
    3. Prior booking at least one (1) day before the visit is required.’
    4. May be used to pay for the bill of the holder up to P2500 only.
    5. Good for single use only.
    6. Not convertible to cash but transferable.


Gourmet Getaways dined as guests of The Dining Room. The opinions contained in this review are written without bias and in accordance with Gourmet Getaways’ disclosure policy.

The Dining Room at Gourmet Farms

Km. 52 Aguinaldo Highway,
Barangay Buho, Silang Cavite (near Tagaytay Rotunda)
Open Monday to Sunday 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Phone: (046) 865.1064 

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About Alesah Villalon

I used to chase life as one would chase targets in their calendar years. Until someone came to say, "Do more of the things that you love, and share that love with others!" Now I'm slowing down a bit.

I try to write. I try to shoot beautiful images of places I love. I try to share wholeheartedly the things that I enjoy.

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  1. This has clearly been such a positive dining experience. I’m glad you found the meal faultless. They certainly do serve a wide variety of dishes and how lovely that the produce comes from their own backyard xx

  2. OMG!!! I can’t wait to come back here for more. YUM!

  3. Lovely. Everything looks scrumptious.
    Have a beautiful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  4. The beef kebabs and the pot roast have me swooning. What a wonderful dining experience.

  5. C’est un excellent endroit Alesah! J’aura voulu manger le Gyros avec pesto chips et le baba ghamoush. J’en suis sûre que tu a passé un excellant moment !

  6. Kimberly Camille Tiu :

    I’d bring my mom and sister, and I’d love to try the Grilled Tuna Belly

  7. I would take my family with me to this restaurant because my dad loves their coffee. I’d like to try the Baked Salmon, Hummus and salads because I have not yet tasted them! And also all the pasta because I love pasta. 🙂

  8. Ma. Clarice Lao - Itumay :

    My mom will be visiting us from Davao and I would love to bring her here during her short vacation. 🙂
    I would love to try their potato salad. 🙂

  9. I will take my mom with me. I would like to try the grilled tuna belly.

  10. I will take my mom. I would love to try the grilled tuna belly.

  11. What a great place, I always appreciate a good salad bar and a restaurant that everyone would enjoy. We have so many different food challenges in our family this restaurant would fit the bill.

  12. Oh my goodness – tuna, pizza, pasta, lamb – I’m in gourmet heaven! This looks like so much fun, Alesah! Oh, to have someone cook for me for a change! Thanks for sharing. You’ve given me so much inspiration!!

  13. OMG!!
    The food looks amazing, I love the signature lemonade too, it looks healthy and fresh!
    Great story Alesah and fantastic giveaway, I wish I could enter 😉

  14. Yna Bronozo (@yns023) :

    I’ve heard a lot about them. This post makes me more excited to visit them soon. I love pizza and pastas so I’m sure I’m gonna try those. I’ll bring my famiy with me if ever I win. This will be a new experience for them, we bond over food so dining their will make it more fun and memorable for everyone.

    All your photos are mouthwatering aaahhh makes me hungry right now. Haha

    Oh and Advance Merry Christmas. ^•^v

  15. those salads look really good!

  16. I was surprised to see the lemonade green … But wow with basil … Sounds interesting …

  17. sheila bermido :

    im not only looking for an appetizing meal but more on food for my well being , thanks for serving healthy food to everyone 🙂

  18. Ma. Eddielli R. Bungay :

    I will take my whole family and I would love to try the Beef Pot Roast! 🙂 Can’t wait to dine in there! 🙂

  19. I would love to bring my family and try their salad bar. Plus the Gourmet Pizza looks appetizing too. Thanks for this awesome giveaway. 🙂

  20. sherry ann gole cruz :

    i would take my kiddos and enjoy a wonderful experience ! we would definitely love to try the Beef Kebabs!

  21. id bring my husband and baby love beef kebab look delicious

  22. Anjanette Virador :

    I would like to bring my barkada here and try the pasta pescatore and gourmet pizza coz it looks delish!

  23. Yay! Amazing giveaway!
    I will bring my family with me and since i’m a pizza lover, i would love to try the Gourmet Pizza, looks yummy!

  24. Who will you dine with and what would you like to try on the menu if you win the voucher?
    Answer: I’d bring my sister and the dish that i like to try is beef kebabs.

  25. i will dine in with my loving mom. if i win i’m gonna surprise her. she really loves sweet foods. Like gourmet pizza, potato salad and pasta.

  26. I would like to bring my special someone here (now it’s my turn to ask him out on a date!). We both are fans of kebab, and I am excited to try them if I win the vouchers! Fingers crossed! 🙂

  27. i want to try pasta pescatore and i bring my family hope to win for my bday gift 🙂

  28. I want to try this on my birthday!

  29. I’d take a friend with a car, haha. The salad and salmon sound good.

  30. What an awesome giveaway!!! 🙂

  31. I would like to bring my brother who is celebrating his birthday this month and if I win, I would like to try Baked Salmon and Grilled Tuna Belly.

  32. Cheryl Vincent :

    Had travelled far and wide, tried lots of delicious food & delicacies..and I do have to say that the pizzas and tapas of this place is to die for, ah and the coffee just amazing! Surely highly recommended!

  33. Jagger Augustine Andaya Camungay :

    pasta pescatore looks yummy and amazing and Ill definitely treat my mom to go here!

  34. i would like to try this with my daughter on my birthday this december 27.. i would love to try them all. it makes me crave for it now.

  35. Sarap naman.. nakakatakam! Yum!!!

  36. I would like to try it with my husband, we’ve been to tagaytay but we haven’t tried it out and since december is my birth month it will be a good way to celebrate it aith good food and a simple vacation with my husband and soon to be baby.

  37. Can’t decide what to try. Everything looks good!

  38. Looks Delicious! Great Place.. Hope to WIN! ^_^

  39. would love to try all these neat food

  40. Karina Alvaera :

    I would love to try the Beef Pot Roast with my husband and 14month old son! 🙂

  41. I will dine with one of my 5 children and as we Love pasta I would love to taste your Pasta Pescatore and try out that signature lemonade. The beef pot roast looks quite tempting and delicious too. It will also give us time to bond. 🙂

  42. i’ll be dining with by boyfriend, and i would like to try the salmon, beef pot roast and signature lemonade

  43. Foods looks great. That mango salad screams Summer!

  44. John Paul S. Tanyag :

    I will bring my family and celebrate our birthdays (Me, my brother and my sister are all December babies). Looking forward for the salad bar and tuna belly!!! 😀

  45. Patricia Marie Salvador :

    I will definitely bring my family if ever I win the vouchers! I’d like to try everything on the menu ’cause they look so delicious and appetizing. But the gourmet pizza, baked salmon, beef pot roast and the grilled tuna belly will be the firsts on my list!

  46. Melanie Esponilla :

    I will definitely bring my BF Albert. Tagaytay is our happy place and we both love eating pizza so we’ll definitely try the Gourmet Pizza on top of our list. I also want to try the Mango Salad and the Grilled Tuna Belly!

    We plan to celebrate the Holidays in Tagaytay so this is perfect for us! Will definitely tweet everyday to win! 🙂

  47. Toni Rose Comaling :

    Try and try until I win ^_^

  48. My husband and I always feel guilty having time way from our children but we both know that sometimes it’s needed to reconnect and just remember how it felt when it was just the two of us. But with limited funds, it’s always impossible to do so. Thus if I win, this would be a perfect getaway, create new romantic memories, in a superb place, that’s easy on the purse (cause it’s free! haha!)! Claiming this teehee!

  49. Tini Tadeo-Castillo :

    My husband and I always feel guilty having time way from our children but we both know that sometimes it’s needed to reconnect and just remember how it felt when it was just the two of us. But with limited funds, it’s always impossible to do so. Thus if I win, this would be a perfect getaway, create new romantic memories, in a superb place, that’s easy on the purse (cause it’s free! haha!)! The potato salad looks mouth-watering, the salmon is beckoning and the lemonade is making me thirsty! Claiming this teehee!

  50. lovelyn doculan :

    I want to try this! 🙂 <3

  51. Ruby May Beltran :

    I would like to take my mom there and try some grilled tuna belly and mango salad that she would surely love.

  52. Liberty Fontanilla :

    I will dine with my friend and create a blog about it. 😀

  53. I would definitely want to try out the salad bar. Farm to table at its best! 🙂

  54. I want to try all especially food with vegetables…. i want to try it because it’s organic 😀

  55. I’ll visit there with my girlfriend 🙂

  56. I would love to dine with my boyfriend as a means of thanking him for being there during the toughest time of my life. He was there during my worst and he deserves to be treated with all the bests during the best times! A treat of kebabs, pot roast, pizza and pasta for the best date ever!

  57. I would love to dine with my MOM. It is a means of thanking her for all the sacrifices she have made for us.

  58. I’d love to dine with my mom (‘coz she deserves the best things (and foods) in life!) and try that Mediterranean Lamb Stew and Gourmet Pizza!

  59. That is a lot of food – what a feast! Everything looks so fresh and colourful. Great find!

  60. If I get chosen, I’ll give the voucher to my Mom and Dad as a Christmas present so the two of them can dine outside. It’s been 20 years since they last eaten outside just the two of them. So I think it will be a great gift. I’d like them to try Beef Pot Roast and Mediterranean Lamb Stew (they make my taste buds go nuts) ^^

  61. I will dine with my husband and will order the Beef Pot Roast and Gourmet Pizza.

  62. If ever I win this, i’ll celebrate my birthday with a special friend who has been with me for years through thick and thin, through heartaches tears and laughter. And we will feast on Mediterranean Lamb Stew,Pasta Pescatore and Grilled Salmon and Grilled Tuna Belly for my friend. Also the Signature Lemonade sounds intriguing!

  63. Angeluz Gimenez :

    wow i really love the foods i wish i could taste it and enjoy the beautiful place!

  64. Jerlyn Dela VEga :

    i want to try pasta pescatore

  65. Mariecyl Valdez-Chua :

    I want to have a sumptuous dinner with my husband. He is not a fan of beef, but maybe a serving of beef kebab might change his mind.

  66. raymond crisostomo :

    Ill dine with my special someone of course love to try the Pasta Pescatore

  67. Lei Lenny Bernardino :

    I’ll bring someone from my closest of friends or my family, whoever may be free and, of course, ready to have this wonderful experience with me! That Grilled Tuna Belly, Beef Pot Roast, and Potato Salad looks amazing! In fact, I’m pretty sure it tastes amazing as well!

  68. Glaiza Remoquillo :

    A new restaurant to try in Tagaytay, I think this will be a hit to all foodies out there.
    I can’t wait to bring family and friends to taste the amazing dishes.

  69. Jamie Ambayec :

    So excited to try this new restaurant.
    This will be a perfect getaway for the coming holiday from the busy work week of the year.
    I will definitely bring my loved ones with me.

  70. Must try….great food, elegant and recommended place for Yuletide season….HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


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