Hiraya Cafe: Whimsical Filipino Food to Try in Tagaytay City

Want to discover a new food spot in Tagaytay that offers sumptuous dishes that won’t burn a hole in your wallet? Try visiting Hiraya Cafe, an under-the-radar restaurant located inside a wellness resort.

Hiraya Cafe is the in-house cafe and restaurant of T House Tagaytay, a tranquil retreat hotel in the heart of Tagaytay City. In 2020, the cafe opened to the public. So, whether or not you’re staying in the hotel, you can enjoy the delicious food of Hiraya Cafe.

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We spoke with Chef Mikey del Rosario, the filmmaker-turned-Executive-Chef of Hiraya Cafe. He describes their menu as having modern and whimsical Filipino fusion dishes, taking inspiration from Spanish cuisine as well.

Looking at their menu, you’ll see the Pinoy classics such as adobo or kare-kare, but with a modern twist. Chef Mikey shares with WhenInManila.com that he aims to champion Filipino food while offering hotel-quality dishes to the public—whether or not they stay at the hotel.

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So, aside from serving traditional Filipino meals with a modern twist, they also serve western comfort food with a Pinoy twist.

They’ve got must-try brick-oven pizza with flavors such as sisig pizza, longganisa pizza, and palabok pizza! Their brick-oven itself is literally a work of art, decorated with stained-glass from churches all over the Philippines. 

They also offer meat pies with classic Filipino fillings like bistek, menudo, and bulalo.

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in photo: Pumpkin Soup (only available with their Valentine’s Day set menu)

Hiraya Cafe also takes pride in using organic ingredients. There’s a small farm in the back of the hotel where they get most of their ingredients; while they source their pigs from local piggeries around the province. Plus, the flowers you see around the hotel are actually edible flowers that you might find on one of your meals.

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in photo: Beef Bourguignon (only available with their Valentine’s Day set menu)

We really love how Hiraya Cafe’s menu could be so innovative yet still so close to home. Everything we tried was delicious and very filling. They have generous servings at such an affordable price point—especially for an in-house hotel restaurant.

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If you’re ever in Tagaytay this February, Hiraya Cafe is offering a luxurious 5-course set menu just for this month. They have romantic off-menu dishes that are perfect for a date in Tagaytay!

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Their 5-course set menu includes an appetizer (Chicken Liver Crostini), your choice of soup (Gazpacho or Pumpkin Soup), a salad (Apples and Arugula Salad), your choice of entree (Beef Bourguignon, Chicken ala Kiev, Baked Salmon, or Eggplant Parmigiana), and your choice of dessert (Chocolate Lava Cake or Chocolate Fondue).

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Believe me when I say that whichever dish you choose, you are in for a delicious and hearty treat!

Planning to make the drive to Hiraya Cafe for Valentine’s Day? Stay at T House Tagaytay and enjoy this luxurious 5-course set menu with their all-inclusive packages. Nothing like celebrating love with a relaxing getaway, good food, and a tranquil environment.

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Hiraya Cafe

3195 Calamba Road, Tagaytay City, Philippines 4120

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