Antonio’s in Tagaytay has put the Philippines for the first time on the elite Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
The 2015 edition of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list ranked Antonio’s in the 48th spot, after a voting of 300 restaurant industry leaders from Asia.
The elite list released by William Reed Business Media, which also publishes The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, billed Antonio’s as a restaurant of “Idyllic surroundings with a menu to match.”
The fine dining restaurant with an offering of Modern European with Philippine influences is set in a colonial-style mansion with its own farm and is found amidst lush gardens and a cool climate in the volcano ridge town of Tagaytay, a two-hour drive and some 50 kilometres south of Manila.
The list hailed owner-Chef Antonio “Tony Boy” Escalante’s cooking and marked his Lechon de leche or slow-roasted suckling pig rubbed with herbs and spices as Antonio’s “standout dish.”
In a Facebook post Chef Escalante referred to the award as an honour and a humbling experience, “While being part of this prestigious list is an acknowledgment of the hard working team at Antonio’s, it is also a statement that Filipino cuisine is ready and waiting for the world.” Escalante’s team includes Ricky Sison and pastry chef Reymond Abdon.
The Best Restaurant feature also highlighted the fact that most of the restaurant produce is sourced from the adjacent farm, which also supplies Chef Escalante’s two other restaurants, Breakfast and The Grill.
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants was launched in 2013 with six voting regions: South-East Asia – South; South-East Asia – North; Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macau; mainland China and Korea; Japan; and India and Subcontinent. The list is created by the Diners Club Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy.
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