Tagaytay eats: Siglo offers timeless Pinoy favorites

Kassy Pajarillo

Posted at Jul 09 2016 07:14 AM | Updated as of Jul 11 2016 06:15 PM

Siglo is located at the View Park Hotel in Tagaytay. Handout photo

MANILA -- With the rise in popularity of Filipino cuisine around the world and the boom in Pinoy restaurants in the metro, View Park Hotel’s Siglo restaurant decided to go for a straightforward authentic Filipino approach on its menu.

Located in the popular weekend getaway of Tagaytay, there’s no need to go farther as Siglo promises to take you on a culinary journey to Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Siglo, which means century in Spanish, has invested on acquiring timeless home recipes from various regions, using the actual ingredients and not substitutes to ensure the dishes' authenticity.

Crispy tawilis. Photo by Raymond Braganza

Fresh from Taal Lake, the Crispy Tawilis, a Tagaytay breakfast favorite, comes in a serving good for two. This quick and easy meal is served with mango chutney, two kinds of vinegars (sukang Ilocos and sukang maasim), and paired with your choice of garlic or bagoong rice.

You don't need to have a special occasion to order the Bagnet and Pork Belly, which are served extra crispy with no deep-fried oily aftertaste. It is best enjoyed with bagoong monamon, a popular condiment made of fermented fish and anchovies.

But Siglo also puts a Filipino twist on western dishes like the adventurous Laing Pasta, with a sauce made from coconut milk with dried taro leaves. (Request for a generous amount of cheese for more lush.)

Laing Pasta. Photo by Raymond Braganza

A fusion of Filipino and Japanese was also incorporated in the menu with the shrimp and vegetable tempura paired with its original signature Siglo sauce.

But if you really want to have a grand Pinoy feats, then go for the LuzViMinda Fiesta Bilao, which consists of a rich Kare-Kare, pork- and beef-filled Lumpiang Shanghai with a sweet and spicy sauce, Binagoongan, and Siglo’s famous Langka Turon, a deconstructed halo halo on vanilla ice cream.

The LuzViMinda Fiesta Bilao. Photo by Raymond Braganza

If you haven’t traveled enough to different regions of the Philippines, Siglo would be a good pick to indulge in Filipino food while enjoying the cool breeze of Tagaytay.

While you’re at it, why not spend a staycation weekend, too?