Marcia Adams Restaurant in Tagaytay
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Typhoon Falcon threatened our usual quarterly birthday celebration. My classmates in BS Food Technology looked forward to our visit to Marcia Adams in Tagaytay. Rain or rain, we made it last Saturday , a day after the ravaging typhoon. Everyone seemed to be resting in Manila because the trip to Tagyatay was a breeze. Oh, and though the skies were gloomy , there were no rains.
Marcia Adams is located on the border of Tagaytay and Alfonso – close to Residence Inn Zoo and only 150m from Aguinaldo Highway. The restaurant is named after the owner Marcia who is married to Neil Adams. When we arrived at around 12 noon, Neil greeted us at the gate and leading us to the restaurant whose architecture is inspired from a Tuscany barn.
I immediately felt a homey atmosphere. I was so charmed by the quaint restaurant surrounded by a lush of greenery that I explored every nook and cranny. Let me give you a tour of Marcia Adams before I talk about the food.
Every turn I take , I spot art in the way the furniture is laid out , the draping of the mantle on the table , the fruits on the counter top .
Marcia told us that she dreamt of her restaurant. She already had an idea what it looked like after browsing design books. She practically designed the Tuscany inspired barn from the windows, to the chandeliers, floor tiles and sourcing these materials from swap meets or at the Bangkal market.
Every detail such as the flowers are beautifully arranged in a vase. The case of flowers by the window reminds me of a real-life picture frame. In fact, you can see a real-life picture frame in every window.
The Sunset room at the back of the restaurant is my favorite room.
Gazing from this wide window, I can see nothing but green grass and the wild “talahib”. It reminds me of the hills in the “sound of music”. One feels so peaceful just looking at nothing but green.
The toilet is not ignored. A yellow cast of light beams through this pretty toilet.
The kitchen is clean and provokes a country feeling. One can see everything that happens in this kitchen with the glass panes that surround it.
Now seated in our corner, we decided to order our dishes. The Main course prices (700 pesos plus 10 per cent service charge) are for the 3 course meal that includes an appetizer and a dessert. My choices were: main course , Fish Souvlaki ; appetizer , the Amalfi Prawns and dessert is Panna Cotta with lemon sauce.
We ordered additional items that are not part of the main course price. It was Aegean Salad offering a feast of flavors with grilled pear, mixed greens, grilled Italian Ricotta cheese and roasted pistachios with an herby, tangy dressing. The red pepper added a sweet minty flavor to the salad.
Along with our salad was farmhouse-style bread, with balsamic vinegar and olive oil were served to calm our hungry tummies.
Amalfi Prawns, are my appetizer. It is described in the menu as cripsy and succulent prawns marinated in salt, pepper, olive oil, parsely and coated with bread crumbs and pan-fried.
I loved the slightly salty flavors of Fish Souvlaki with Egyptian rice. Marlin for the kebabs was marinated in Olive oil, Lemon and Herbs.
The others ordered Grilled Aromatic Pork.
Dessert was Panna Cotta with Lemon Sauce.
Of course, what is a birthday celebration without a birthday cake which we bought at Conti’s in Nuvali.
I just had to ask Marcia where she learned to cook Mediterranean dishes. She told me that she had no formal training. Her recipes were innovated from recipe books. What an admirable woman. Every single item from the restaurant decors down to the food is very impressive. Marcia is not only self-taught house designer but a cook and a green thumb. As you can see, her restaurant is surrounded by plants , shrubs and flowers.
We stayed here from 12 noon till 4:30 PM. Too bad we didn’t get to witness sunset by the Sunset room. I highly recommend this restaurant when you visit Tagaytay. The refreshing ambience of the restaurant encourages long and happy conversations.
How to get to Marcia Adams’ Restaurant
It is suggested that you reserve before proceeding to the restaurant.
To reserve, send SMS to Marcia at +63917 801 1456.
They only accept cash.
The restaurant is located at JP Rizal St., Brgy. Sicat on the border of Tagaytay and Alfonso – close to Residence Inn Zoo and only 150m from Aguinaldo Highway.
To go to Marcia’s, just drive all the way to Tagaytay and turn right at the Tagaytay Rotonda.
Drive all the way to Alfonso, Cavite. You will pass by the restaurants along the Ridge then the Tagaytay Arch with Pineapples, and Residence Inn on your left. Turn right after the arch.