The Domaine

An Exquisite Gem in Tagaytay: The Domaine Restaurant

For a lot of young professionals such as ourselves, work can be really stressful most of the time. As such, we tend to maximize the weekend to do something that will keep our minds off our work whether it be relaxing or going on an out of town trip. One of the more popular out of town destinations at least for people living in the Metro Manila would be Tagaytay thanks to its cooler than usual temperature. Besides the cuddle weather, Tagaytay is also home to a lot of really good restaurants, some of which are really hidden so you have to rely on Google maps or Waze to locate it. An exquisite restaurant that we think everyone should know about is The Domaine.

The Domaine

 

The Domaine is owned by Chef Robbie Ripalda, who we were very blessed to meet. Besides being a restaurateur, he is also the Chef de Cuisine or “Head of Kitchen” so he is the heart of The Domaine.

The Domaine

We were very inspired by his dedication in achieving his dream of being a chef. He told us that his journey started at a young age of fifteen (15) where he washed dishes so he can see food being prepared and cooked. Several years later, he went to France to further hone his culinary skills and pastry craft making by studying at Le Cordon Bleu and working at well-known French restaurants. He then returned here in the Philippines to have his very own restaurant, The Domaine.

 

Ambiance

The “domaine,” which means an ‘estate’ in French, and ‘vineyard’ in English aptly describes The Domaine restaurant.

When you arrive at the place, you’ll be greeted by an expanse of greenery with a huge house that is actually a restaurant itself. I’m not much into architecture, but I can appreciate its concave roof and its stylish appearance.

The Domaine

 

Upon entering, looking to the left, there is a waiting area and a television that promotes the restaurant’s mobile applications that we heard will be launched by this September. Awesome!

The Domaine

 

To the right is the dining area. The wooden furniture gives the rustic feeling that is reminiscent of a vineyard restaurant but still gives off a homey atmosphere. Meanwhile, the wine displays added the refined touch to complete the restaurant’s interior. Simple elegance at its finest as it is open-air indoor dining for customers to enjoy the fresh Tagaytay air.

The Domaine

We can imagine that the place will be more romantic during dinner time with only the lighting fixtures illuminating the place.

By the way, we heard that special occasions can also be held here. Well, not just this dining area, but the entire place. The Domaine offers different kinds of packages and special prices from weddings to afternoon tea parties.

 

Since we dined here for lunch, we chose to sit at the window side so we could enjoy natural lighting.

The Domaine

 

For those who are into wine and cheese pairings, you can choose to sit in the bar area.

The Domaine

 

Food

As Chef Robbie has mastered French culinary techniques, the food offered are world class that will excite anyone. What is great here is that almost all the ingredients are locally sourced.

Similar to other restaurants, The Domaine offers complimentary appetizers to their customers. I must say that theirs is one of the best I’ve tried yet.

The Domaine appetizer

They served GARLIC BREAD WITH 3 DIPS: GARLIC PUREE, BALSAMIC CARAMEL & SMOKED FISH TAPENADE. If they hadn’t told us that it was a complementary appetizer, I would have thought that this is also one of their offerings because of the way they presented it.

Unlike the garlic bread that you may find in a common bread store, their bread was toasted perfectly, had real garlic on top, and the dips that came with it are wonderful. Out of the three dips, I liked the Balsamic Caramel the most because it was unique and I love the taste of Balsamic vinegar in general. Who knew Balsamic vinegar and caramel can go well together?

Anyway, we heard they change their complementary appetizers from time to time, so there is something to look forward to in every visit.

 

The Domaine salad

Moving over to our salad, we went with the SOLO SERVING OF FRESH MOZARELLA AND GRILLED SWEET BELL PEPPER SALAD WITH TOASTED CITRUS DRESSING, PhP 325 (or 17.73 USD). Please take note that this wasn’t the actual serving since they already divided the salad for the two of us. How nice of them.

The name might be a mouthful, but after trying it, our mouth was literally full of it. We loved the fresh mozzarella cheese because it was made from Carabao’s milk. Plus, it was milky, smooth, tender and just really delicious that works well as the centerpiece of the entire salad.

When we ate the combination of mozarella cheese, fresh lettuce, sweet bell peppers and onion topped with the citrus dressing, it was healthily satisfying. According to Me-An, she can have salad for all her meals everyday if this is what she is having.

The Domaine steak

For our main course, we ordered the SOLO SERVING OF ROASTED RIB EYE À LA “BLANQUETTE” WITH SAUTÉED PARSLEY RICE, PhP 645 (or 35.19 USD). The solo serving was already good for sharing for us since we had a salad and we would still be having a dessert. We just ordered an additional parsley rice.

We loved that the rib eye was cooked in medium-well and it was made into a “blanquette” which means a stew made with a white sauce. Don’t expect it to be creamy since it shouldn’t be. The blanquette enhanced the juiciness of the rib eye. Meanwhile, the added lemon juice made it zesty so we kept craving for more. The other ingredients in the stew such as the onions, carrots and mushrooms were flavorful on their own as we think they were cooked separately. When we ate the combination of everything, the dish was sensational for us. We can imagine eating this every special occasion.

 

The Domaine Ice Cream

Ending our meal on a sweet note, we tried their TRIO OF HOMEMADE ICE CREAM, PhP 365 (or 19.91 USD). From the name itself, they offer three homemade ice creams that came from natural ingredients. Well, we honestly found this pricey since the serving was tiny for us.

The first on the ice cream was their GINGERBREAD ICE CREAM. I and Me-An didn’t really know the actual taste of Gingerbread but thankfully, my best friend and his French boyfriend, YM, followed us to The Domaine.

Gingerbread Ice Cream

YM attested that the ice cream really tasted like a real gingerbread. He loved the spices in the ice cream and he loved it the most of the three.

Next was the ROSE ICE CREAM. Yes, you read that right. They used actual roses to make into a syrup then they used it in the ice cream. Well, that explains the price of the ice cream. I heard from Chef Robbie that this flavor is actually quite popular in Islam countries. It was very sweet and creamy much but I haven’t tried rose flavor before. Me-An, on the other hand, drank rose milk before in Malaysia so she stated that it really tasted rose. She was so happy about it.

Finally, the last of the trio is their SALTED CARAMEL which is quite a staple in a lot of desserts. We couldn’t taste the salt in this one, but since Me-An and I love caramel, we preferred it that way.

 

The Domaine madeleine

Our meal was supposed to be done, but Chef Robbie insisted that we should try out their signature dessert, MADELEINES, PhP 395 (or 21.55 USD). According to Chef Robbie, Madeleines pronounced as [mad.lɛns], are a very known tea cake for French people, and there is no French person that doesn’t like madeleines. I guess we could agree to that as our French friend was definitely excited about those Madeleines.

The Domaine’s madeleines are made to order. Indeed, it is freshly baked with a waiting time of at least fifteen (15) minutes. This is to ensure the quality is consistent as well as the flavors that they offer differ depending on the demand and season.

As of this writing, the Domaine offers Jasmine Tea with Mango, Earl Grey, and Four Berries flavors. Madeleines are basically small sponge cakes. As I’m not very much of a tea person, I really couldn’t comment much on the Jasmine and Earl Grey. Our favorite out of the three was the Four Berries since we like berries.

The Domaine madeleine
Madeleines are known for its distinctive shell-like shape.

 

Drinks

The Domaine drinks

For our drinks, Me-An ordered their CINNAMON ICED TEA while I, on the other hand, got the CALAMANSI VANILLA both cost PhP 120 (or 6.55 USD). The Calamansi Vanilla might look like an ordinary calamansi juice at first, but if you look closely, you’ll see grounded Vanilla bean. This is one of the ingredients that isn’t locally sourced since we don’t have vanilla here. It was imported from Tahiti. The vanilla taste was ever so slightly that might not be tasted at the first try, but it was definitely there.

Like my drink, Me-An’s Cinnamon Iced Tea might look really ordinary at first, but they put cinnamon stick instead of cinnamon powder. It was my first time seeing the real thing and it was a nice treat since it really added flavor to the iced tea.

 

Expenses

We mentioned above that The Domaine will be launching their own mobile application called “The Domaine” app. It enables customers to order on the go even while they are not yet in the restaurant. After confirming their order and scheduling a time, it can ensure the customer that their food will be ready upon arrival.

The said app is also used for their menu. Customers can just choose by pressing and they will see how much their total bill will be. That was the case for us.

The Domaine

I will make a separate post about their app once it goes live. For now, you can see the expense in the photo above.

 

The Domaine is Reasonable

Honestly, we were initially hesitant when we checked their menu that was uploaded in Zomato. This was because we thought The Domaine offers food that is normally served in other restaurants. We were proven wrong since they have food on their updated menu that is unique. The names of the dishes itself are mouthwatering for us as we scanned the menu.

While the prices may turn off some people, do note that this restaurant goes head to head with the top tier restaurants in Tagaytay that charge way more than what The Domaine charges for. Their exquisite food is truly comparable if not superior. They have impeccable staff that is not only attentive and respectful, but also knowledgeable. Go ahead and ask them, they can answer you since they’ve tried the food themselves. This is significant for us since a recommendation is helpful when choosing what to eat.

We deem The Domaine as reasonable from special occasions, romantic dates to casual dining. The Domaine as we mentioned above serves some of their food according to the season. Thus, it raises the food experience for customers. Most of their ingredients are locally sourced. Best of all, they have four kinds of servings to choose from: solo (for 1-2 people depending on the kind of eater), small (3-4 people), medium (6-8 people), and large (10-12 people).

Finally, Tagaytay may be a bit far from Metro Manila, but we assure you it is worth the drive when you dine at The Domaine. We had such a superb food experience that is one for the books.

The Domaine

The Domaine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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The Domaine

Patindig Araw Street, Purok 1, Malabag, Silang, Tagaytay City
Operating Hours: 11:30AM to 10:30PM daily
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDomaineRestaurant/

40 Responses to “An Exquisite Gem in Tagaytay: The Domaine Restaurant”

  1. Unlike you, who is not much into architecture, I am. The place looks stunning pero what really sets this place apart from the others is the homey waiting area. THAT IS PRICELESS. It tells me the owner really has the customers in his heart. Incredible food too. I have not tasted it but I trust you guys.

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  2. It looks incredible on the outside. That would definitely get my attention. I’m really curious for the garlic bread with balsamic caramel. I love both caramel and garlic bread. Therefore I would love to taste the salted caramel as well. I like all the dishes. And the photos look great. If it wasn’t that far away (I love in Europe) I would make a reservation immediately.

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  3. The place really has such a nice architecture. The garden is so spacious and the perfectly manicured lawns are just too pleasing to see. The receiving area is so homey and just natural- parang di pilit. Love the spaces really as i am so bored already with crowded diners and restaurants. I have a baby and carrying him can be a real struggle so walking in narrow aisle is the same.

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  4. I like that homey feel for a restaurant… I think those foods are extremely delicious.. I am a heavy eater though, that would be gone in 5 seconds… and that cool app.. hhmm.. it’s a cool strategy.. technology today is really amazing!

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  5. Wow from the outside it doesn’t even look like a restaurant! It looks like a private secluded family home! I love that you got to meet the chef that must have been very interesting. He is clearly passionate about what he does! That ice-cream looks amazing I can almost taste the gingerbread one 😀

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  6. The architecture is gorgeous! The food looks incredible! It looks like a great place! I mean, locally sourced? I would eat there If I could!

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  7. I think i would LOVE this restaurant. Whole ambient is amazing, food looks absolutely delicious (garlic bread is my love) and prices seem okay. It’s also super elegant and classy. Everything you need for a great restaurant experience 🙂

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  8. Oh I just love the ambience of this lovely restaurant. The architecture itself looks quite cool. You are right about that concave roof, it does catches your eye. The foods look delicious, especially the desserts. Nice find 🙂

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  9. Everything about this looks great, the setting, the ambiance and especially the food. Balsamic and caramel, rose ice cream and those madeleines, say no more!

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  10. Elizabeth O.

    The whole place is a visually appealing, it’s really lovely here. I enjoy going to restaurants that have a lovely interior, it makes the whole dining experience a lot better. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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  11. Seeing the first photo of the location I felt like this restaurant has a very homey vibe. I like the wine bar and the fact that the windows are so high, I love places that have a lot of light coming into. The food looks delicious. I never had rib eye steak cooked like that, I am very curious in trying it out.

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  12. Ana De- Jesus

    I think that if the food is good then it is always worth paying more. I know you didn’t like the gingerbread but I would have loved it although the salted caramel sounds delicious too even if you can’t taste the salt.

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    • Hi, Ana, we actually like the gingerbread. We just didn’t know how to describe it as we don’t normally eat gingerbread in our country. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

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  13. The place looks cozy, the dining area is huge and the there’s a lot of natural lighting! This one is truly a must visit!

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  14. Seems like you had a lovely meal. I would definitely go to this restaurant and I love the ice cream for sure!

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  15. Борка Шаула

    Everything looks great. I mean food looks so yummy, but I especially like the way Domaine looks like a huge house surrounded with nature. I would love to have a meal there. And chef Robbie, he seems like his dreams came true. Congrats!

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  16. This is great! I’ll be in the Philippines later this year, this restaurant will definitely make it to our short list.

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  17. I like the ambiance it looks so relaxing. About the price, it’s quite pricey indeed but if everything comes in quality, I may consider its value after all.

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  18. Patricia Uy

    I haven’t heard of this one yet. Based on your pictures, I can say that the place looks nice. The food looks great and one-of-a-kind. Someday, I hope this will be the go-to places of the people.

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  19. The dining area is pretty lovely and I agree, I’m sure it’s so much more romantic in the evening. This is the kind of place you go to if you want good food and some time with friends or a special someone.

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  20. The architecture and the selection of the menu are really the winner for me. Gingerbread is also delicious! I like your review, all neccessary details about The Domaine are listed.

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  21. Oh, that homemade ice cream selection caught my eye. It sounds so delicious and salty caramel is my all time favourite. The mozzarella salad would be my choice too.

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  22. Kristen

    What a beautiful restaurant! I absolutely love the decor and the food!

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  23. Wow looks like a fantastic place. I can smell the food from the pictures. espacially the roasted rib. It sounds so goodddd. Another good reason to visit the philippines! Thanks for sharing

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  24. Jerwel De Perio

    Since I will be going to Tagaytay this weekend. Might as well visit the place. Everything seems so fantastic. Well, I am expecting good things from the foods here since I really enjoy good food. Plus the scenery of the place? I think the place will do good. Thank you for sharing the review. 😀

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    • Hope you can share your food experience to us as well by commenting or tagging us on Facebook, @yogoandcream. We love hearing the thoughts of our readers.

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  25. You might think that I’m weird, but I read and re-read the article and I think the only things that got me intrigued and made want to go here is the architecture of the place, how their dining place looked(very similar to my dream house hahaha), the garlic bread, the rose ice cream and the cinnamon iced tea… do you see a pattern here? #Lovingdesserts hahahaaha! Anyways, how did you come by this place? did you find it by accident? 🙂

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  26. The place looks really neat and you were pretty lucky there were only a few of you there that time. I’m pretty sure you were able to enjoy the whole place there. I loved how the light outside lights up the whole place inside plus the nice view near the window.

    Btw, the Cinammon Iced Tea intrigues me. Hope to have a taste of that one time.

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  27. That place where they set up the waiting area is incredible! It looks like a living room to me! And because we don’t usually spend that much for a food, I have to say it’s a bit pricey but that can work for special occasions for me, specifically, our anniversary. hehe. I hope we can have the chance to be able to dine here, I’d love to be with my husband when that happens.

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  28. What a stunning surrounding for a restaurant ! I think , I could live there ! The dishes are beautifully served , all looks yummy and freshly prepared. The garden looks amazing , I can imagine this is a very well frequented place by families !

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  29. I love the place. The architecture of the restaurant is amazing and the inside looks so cozy. I never saw anything like it and looks rather original. As I’m French, I really like the name of the restaurant and what they serve. I’d love to stop by there

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  30. Mommy Anna

    Another resto to go if you are in Tagaytay, the food looks good it may sound expensive to others but I think its reasonable enough. The ambiance is so nice and relaxing. I want to try their ice cream

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  31. Wow the ambiance looks so relaxing .. the interior is really cozy but it doesn’t look like a resto .. for me para syang rest house which made it looks so unique.. not to mention the scenery outside that allows you to embrace nature’s beauty pa… Of course, the food looks really tempting… and most of all, it’s just in Tagaytay yey! Hopefully when I have my Tagaytay escapade makapasyal ako dito

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  32. Bethany Naismith

    All the food from this restaurant looks delicious! It’s interior is gorgeous too.

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