Saturday, February 09, 2008

Massimo's Cafe, Tagaytay

"This reminds me of my lola's house" was Agent A's comment and I think it pretty much summed up the whole feel of the place. (Agent A's lola must also have an expensive chef! hehehe)
Decided to go for an early valentine's day dinner at Massimo's Ristorante upon Mama Hen's and commenter Rachel's recommendation. We were the only patrons during that Friday night and we were greeted by our friendly waiter who immediately showed us the menu written in chalk on a big blackboard.

I thought that was a bit strange-- ordering even before we were seated and it felt a bit 'rushed'. I assume that the meals are made depending on what's available in the market but since it's fine-dining prices, I would've still preferred a printed copy that I could leisurely peruse while nibbling on some starters.

The Food
Speaking of starters, I recommend the artichoke and cheese dip (php250) with sticky, gooey cheese on crispy toasted bread. For the main course, I had the scallops on mushroom risotto (php695) while Agent A ordered sea bass with mashed potato (Php850).

The portions were just right for us but then again Agent A and I aren't very big eaters. The sea bass was crispy, melts in your mouth and went well with the refreshing dalandan juice (php85). I thought the scallops were slightly on the salty side but the risotto had lots of flavor. Both dishes had mediocre plating and didn't invite you to take a photo of it.

It pains me to say this but dessert was underwhelming. The molten chocolate cake with ice cream (php175) was so-so. Maybe I should've tried the gelato instead. Try their calming mint tea (php65) to cap off your meal.

Very good service-- our server was unobtrusive and he knew the menu well.

Rating: 0.50
A dinner for two that cost almost Php2,500 and I didn't even order any wine! I apply my snootier set of standards for such fine-dining prices and I give this place three and a half pawikan points. Bonus points because of the folksy, easy-going ambience. Minus points because we didn't get any official receipt, just a sales invoice.

If you liked this review, you might also want to read my review of Antonio's also in Tagaytay. There are also other reviews of Massimo you can read.
Directions: Coming from the Tagaytay rotunda, drive about 2km and make a right at the Petron station with the fork in the road. After about 400m, you'll see a big sign on your right for Massimo. Turn right and you'll see the well-lit house to your right.


Super M said...

Your new layout is neat. More ads too eh, tycoon? :-)

p said...

heya super m.. glad you like the layout! it's not really new, just tried to freshen it up a bit.. i hope these ads aren't too obtrusive!

Super M said...

Nope, they are not obtrusive at all. Besides, I like Koh Samui. As long as the ads are not for some organ enlargement aid, it's cool. :-)

grumpyurbanslacker said...

hi P.,

your review made me wanna go there pretty soon! :D

just a concern though, most of the blog reviews i've read about Massimos mention "they were the only patrons..." Why aren't more people eating here?

p said...

Hey grumpyurbanslacker,
Maybe because it's soooo expensive! =) If you finally go, let me know what you think!

Lavender Girl said...


Which do you prefer: Antonio's or Massimo's? Food-wise, I mean? :)

p said...

Hey lavender girl...
I definitely prefer Antonio's. Even though both are expensive, I feel that Antonio's gives you more value for money. Antonio's presentation and taste wins over Massimo's in my opinion. Massimo's has a more 'home-cooked' feel to it whereas Antonio's feels more 'polished'.

What do you think?

tanya said...

i've tried this place. food was OK, but they charge too much!!! :(