Sonya’s Garden, Tagaytay City

It won my heart, but not my tummy. The place screams paradise. And we came here at a perfect time, the ride was relatively fast and the weather was cool and breezy. The food here, however was nothing too different to travel far to.

I vividly remember the first time I set foot here. It was a quaint and intimate location then. And their meals were more distinct and fresh. We had lots of edible flowers for salad and the rest of our meals were nothing I’ve had elsewhere.

Now it’s quantity over quality. Sonya’s Garden got lazy and offered a spread of buffet instead. And again, whatever they have on their very limited offering is nothing new. And worse, they were only good for one round.

So they have loads of greasy, deep-fried salmon belly, seasoned likely with only salt and pepper. They also have a super creamy chicken pasta, too rich and thick, lacking flavor. Save this Italian meal by adding some Ratatouille and Mushrooms.

The salad station was decent, however, and I found joy in filling up my bowl with all the sweet mango my heart desired.

Must try their Roast Chicken, available separate as ala carte. This was tender and marinated well with loads of herbs and spices. I appreciated it more with my cup of garlicky rice and unlimited cups of fresh Dalandan juice.

Oh, their Sesame Bread that came with 5 types of spread was also worth binging too. Go ahead and have them serve it warm.

This sub par food experience that came with a nice ambiance ends with a moist chocolate fudgy cake, a reminder that at the end of it all, there is a sweet ending.

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