Marcia Adams has been a go-to place in Tagaytay especially for celebrities because of its ambiance being Instagram-worthy in every angle, and of course, how it’s clandestinely located in Tagaytay.
So when my eldest sister, Ate Marjoe, who lives in Singapore went back to visit the Philippines, the siblings decided to go to Tagaytay. And, it was my elder sister, Ate Judah, who recommended this place because of its popularity among the ~*upper-class*~ netizens of Instagram (if you know what I mean). Hehehe
With the cold wind of Tagaytay mixed with the garden picturesque of the restaurant, anyone will definitely be convinced that they are in another country. It was so beautiful that I can’t keep myself from taking a lot of pictures!
However, I have noticed how the leaves and the trees looked like they are clamped together because of how large and numerous they are, thus making the narrow and inclined trails look like a pathway where frogs would suddenly hop or as if there are a lot of mosquitoes waiting to suck your blood.
But I guarantee you all that there were no incidents like that.
It is not your typical restaurant, it’s like a compound composed of bungalow houses with a restaurant interior. As you can see in the pictures above every bungalow has a different ambiance, in fact, there is this even a place that gave that romantic year 1611 vibes! With its dim lights and walls… I don’t know if I’m a sucker for romantic places but if I’d have a date with my ~*oppa wookie*~, we’d definitely have it here.
However, since I am only dining with my siblings we chose the more open area where an immense amount of natural light comes in as the wind kisses our skin. On top of that, the color of the chairs, glasses, vases are so vibrant, and they have a lot of flowers as well– the interior just complement each other even if there are different colors in the picture. So Instagram-worthy! I want to copy the interior for my own apartment someday!
Plus they also have this view, which gives me that Korean drama, “Descendants of the Sun” feels when they (the real life #SongSong couples) had dinner in Greece.
So now we’re moving to the dishes.
At a glance, the menu might look expensive but if you would order a main course, the appetizer and the dessert are already included so it’s still not bank breaking. Besides, the servings are similar to fine dining restaurants so basically the price range is quite acceptable.
Although honestly, with the hype, the ambiance of the place, and the cuisine that they offered I think their dishes are 3.5/5.
For our appetizers, first, we had Hummus with Whole Wheat Tortilla which is free if you order a main course.
Since I tasted an authentic Hummus in Singapore last December, I became fond of it that when we once had breakfast in Microtel, in Manila and I saw Hummus, I quickly put one on a saucer and get lots of bread. Unfortunately, upon tasting it I pushed my plate away because I know it’s not the same authentic Hummus that I had.
So when I saw this on the menu, I didn’t think twice but to give it another chance. After all, Marcia Adam’s offers a Mediterranean cuisine so I had high expectation on their Hummus– and yes they didn’t disappoint. The bread was well-baked, it wasn’t chewy, and I was no longer just dipping the bread in the Hummus I was s c o o p i n g it. #NoRegrets
Another appetizer that we ordered was the Amalfi Prawns (Php225). It wasn’t free with the main course, and for me it was unsatisfying because it was cooked deliciously but the price and the quantity is not enough.
Then for our salad, we had Prawns, Mushroom, and Arugula Salad (Php395).
Mind you I was never a salad person. Whenever I eat salad I would always squeeze a lot of dressing just so the leaves-eating would be bearable. But for this, there wasn’t a hundred island dressing, just olive oil. So what I did was I only ate the ones on the top because there is a lot of oil and I even wiped the oil on the plate with the leaves.
(Lesson learned: don’t order salad on your first date if you’re not a salad person, don’t even try to pretend to impress hahaha lol)
For our main dish, we ordered Corsican Beef Stew (Php855), which is basically like your Kaldereta.
And another main dish, Spanish Chicken Caserole (Php755).
Then we also ordered Carbonara Special (Php765) because my family is a pasta lover, in fact, most of the time we judge a restaurant based on their Carbonara. We have already tasted different Carbonara from the budget friendly ones, to the expensive one. This carbonara is of course part of the expensive one, although its taste is so-so.
We also tried the Carbonara Special (Mussel). I can’t remember how much this costs, but if I’m not mistaken it’s just the same with the Carbonara Special that was all meat, it’s just that we were offered if we like mussels instead of the meat.
This is not my favorite because I’m used to having Tuna Carbonara (if we are going to use seafood on our carbonara) but never mussels. So when I tasted it, the mussel was overpowering and fyi we are going to travel back to Manila and if I am going to insist on eating this one, I might upset my stomach and you know what will happen next.
For the dessert, we ordered Grilled Orange with Vanilla Ice Cream (included in the main course as well), because we were curious about the grilling of the orange. But that’s it. Nothing special, just orange and Ice Cream. I can even do this at home.
Then Panna Cotta with Lemon Sauce which is also included in the main course.
And Fried Banana with Chocolate dip, this actually tasted like banana cue and the dip is like Nutella.
Then for the Banana Split with Chocolate Ice Cream, it’s just a Banana, with Chocolate Sauce and a Chocolate Ice Cream.
So there you have it! If you want to visit a Mediterranean restaurant in a private uncrowded place in Tagaytay, go to Marcia Adam’s! You can find it at J. Rizal Street, Baranggay Sicat, Alfonso, Tagaytay City . Hope to hear your experience!