Tagaytay Eats: Marcia Adams’

Marcia Adams’ is semi hidden inside Tagaytay (okay, technically Alfonso but what do I know) past a lot of the places that I’ve usually stopped at. You just turn right on Sikat Rd (Right after the Residence Inn on your left) from Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway and it’s just a few hundred feet on your left. Well, yea, I’ve never heard of that street either so be smart (unlike me) and Waze it. For some strange reason this works better with Smart’s cell reception than Globe’s but they both suck because it’s a duopoly. Parking is tight and so is the street. Good luck.

Marcia Adams' interior makes everything feel like home (Source: PJ Enriquez Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Marcia Adams’ interior makes everything feel like home
(Source: PJ Enriquez Philippine Daily Inquirer)

You go down some steps/slope through an open garden where you get to pick whichever table you wanna sit at if the place isn’t full. The restaurant itself is what I imagined an old English countryside home to look like, very rustic and homey like you’d want to start a fire in the fireplace but this is the Philippines and fires are not to be had. We were greeted by Neil who I’m told owns and operates Marcia Adams’ along with his wife, who I am guessing is Marcia. I will also venture to guess that their last name is Adams. I think this place definitely fits with the feeling that you should get when you visit Tagaytay.

Great outdoor seating on a lovely day (Source: PJ Enriquez Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Great outdoor seating on a lovely day
(Source: PJ Enriquez Philippine Daily Inquirer)

The menu is straightforward enough that you order an appetizer, a main, and a dessert. We got a mix of the shrimp appetizer, a salad, and the soup of the day. I personally enjoyed my soup of the day because it was a broth with whole baby potatoes, lettuce, and bacon! I like me my bacon and I was half expecting the crispy fried bits you’d probably get in a salad but I got chunks. Boiled chunky bacon goodness that just brought out the flavor of the soup. The lettuce wasn’t overcooked either which could easily happen in soup.

I tried to recreate the soup from memory (Source: @micca.dj Instagram)

I tried to recreate the soup from memory
(Source: @micca.dj Instagram)

For the entrées we got orders of Italian pork chop, Greek octopus stew, and ai funghi pasta. The pork chop was cooked just right for me, medium but I think my parents preferred it to be a little more cooked. I quite enjoyed the simple peppery taste that was presented to us. I found the octopus stew and pasta a bit ordinary though so it’s safe to say I will get the pork chop next time. For dessert we picked the lavender creme brûlée and the lemon panna cotta. I didn’t get to taste the panna cotta cause I just didn’t feel like mixing desserts so I settled for my rich creme brûlée. You can definitely taste the lavender infusion and the texture was perfect. The sugar coating was a little thick and a bit sticky but hey, more sugar! 

Ai funghi pasta (Source: PJ Enriquez Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Ai funghi pasta
(Source: PJ Enriquez Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Marcia Adams’ also serves Bundaberg’s Ginger Beer! I don’t see it in a lot of restaurants here and ginger beer is bomb! This place has a wonderful ambiance although I think the food can be improved more to match it. Book your tables in advanced to ensure seating!

Marcia Adams’
JP Rizal St, Brgy Sikat
4123 Alfonso, Cavite
+63 917 801 1456 (via text message only)
Monday to Sunday by appointment (24 hour notice)

Cheers,

Micca

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