A romantic dinner with candle light, wine, and superb food against a breathtaking backdrop never goes out of date. And neither does spending Valentine’s Day at Discovery Country Suites in Tagaytay.
This is why year after year, The Manila Times makes the two-hour trip to the quaint bed-and-breakfast south of Metro Manila to sample what they have to offer lovers come the month of February.
“Since we opened eight years ago, we’ve always had a sense of exclusivity and romance because we only have seven rooms. Couples can further enjoy a good meal overlooking the Taal Lake and Volcano, which is why we quickly earned a reputation as a date place for Valentine’s,” said hotel resident manager Jonahs James Virrey on a press conference held on January 28.
As Virrey said, the experience begins with the hotel’s seven themed suites all inspired by country living. Each with a different character, the rooms give lovers the feel of vacationing in the faraway places of Andalucia in Spain, Saint-Tropez in France, Ceylon (the old Sri Lanka), Nantucket in Massachusetts, Siam (the old Thailand), Nara in Japan, or Oxford in England.
To heighten their romantic getaway, whether for a weekend or simply a romantic lunch or dinner, Restaurant Verbena makes sure to come up with a special menu every Valentine’s Day, even when they already serve superb food throughout the year.
“Besides what we already have, every Valentine’s Day becomes extra special as we give flowers and chocolates for the ladies.
For in-house guests, we even add little touches here and there like scattering rose petals over the bed and bathtub,” added Virrey.
In fact, everything feels so right for lovers who come to Discovery Suites Tagaytay for Valentine’s that the staff has been witness to countless wedding proposals.
To keep the proposals and memorable Valentine’s moments going for their patrons, Corporate Chef Anthony Raymond will get the kitchens working harder this year with a special Valentine’s a la carte menu. A first for the hotel, he dubbed the promotion “Love at First Bite,” with plans starting as early as December 2013.
Ever creative, Raymond describes it as “a story starring eight wonderful dishes.”
The tale begins with two “Smitten Hearts” meeting together for the first time over entrees and soup. Chef Raymond prepares two unforgettable starters—the Baked Oysters with pink champagne, petite greens, tobiko caviar and lemon verbena cream; and the Smoked Bacon and Corn Bisque with double smoked Bacon, crispy chicken oysters, charred Corn and parmiggiano reggiano. Soup is the indulgent Mushroom & Foie Gras “Cappuccino” with pistachios, chives and Oreo powder.
As the lovers create “A Special Moment” so does Chef Raymond for the main course. Four choices are available to diners, namely Crispy Chilean Seabass served with Lucban longaniza risotto, fresh parmesan and pimento butter; Steak and Lobster, a dish featuring USDA rib eye and rock lobster tail au gratin with twice baked potato, baby asparagus and parmesan-tomato béarnaise and cabernet reduction; Lamb Two Ways, crispy lamb “riblets” and braised lamb shank ragout served with feta cheese, tomato basil couscous and lamb jus; and the USDA Prime Rib “Rossini,” a slow roasted ribeye prepared with pan seared foie gras duck fat, baby potatoes, haricot verts and pinot noir sauce.
Finally, everything is sealed with “The Kiss” as the pair concludes their dinner date with Chocolate Soufflé in lemon verbena and Chantilly cream.
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