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A native feast amid blooming flowers

We’ve known of Ming’s Garden—a place to admire the flowers while dining—but never had the opportunity to partake of a meal there—until recently when our group motored farther south.

Ming’s Garden has acquired a new partner and is now known as Mozu at Ming’s. It has a new look. But it still gives diners the experience of beholding the beauty of nature—blooms in reds, yellows and whites, and the cool breeze of Tagaytay.

Mozu at Ming’s Garden

Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Tagaytay City; tel. 246 9069 ext. 191

Driving to Tagaytay is pleasant, especially if you want quiet meals with congenial company and surroundings.

Dining area—A stone walk leads to the dining pavilion with high ceiling and exposed beams. Panoramic windows yield on one side a view of flowers abloom, apparently under caring hands, and on the other side, the continuous flow of traffic.

Service—Kitchen is apparently efficient, with each dish served in quick intervals.

Staff—Some have been with the original Ming’s, hence they’re able to help diners in making their orders.

Suggested orders—The restaurant serves Filipino cuisine in all its authenticity, no tweaks, just pure native dishes, including creative pairings, such as Lechon with Laing.

Menu is extensive. That tiny fish, tawilis, unique to this area in southwestern Luzon (Cavite and Batangas), is always available. Crispy fried, this is a perfect start and whets the appetite for more traditional Filipino specialties.

Follow this up with the Talbos ng Camote Salad (sweet-potato leaves) bathed in a dressing of blended sour and sweet flavors.

As for the main courses, what a list! It would be difficult to choose from the feast: Gising-gising, a dish of kangkong stalks cooked in coconut milk; Crispy Pata; Crispy Pork Binagoongan with pickled mango; Tagalog Adobong Puti (chicken and pork); Kare-kare; Boneless Bangus Paksiw with bitter gourd (ampalaya).

Load up some more with Crispy Tadyang ng Baka or Beef Caldereta.

Desserts include Leche Flan. Robust Batangas coffee is also served.

Government and service charges are added to the bill. Senior cards are honored.

Rating – 3 Spoons