Whenever people talk about Tagaytay, it’s inevitable that Sonya’s Secret Garden (or Simply Sonya’s) will be mentioned. If you are on the lookout for for fresh salads and relaxing and romantic ambience, Sonya’s is definitely the go-to place.
|Me and Teacher Mars|
Last August 2, 2015, my friend Mars and I went to Sonya’s to celebrate her birthday. We met at McDonald’s Bacoor, across from St. Dominic (she lives in Las Pinas and I live in Imus), took a bus going to Tagaytay, alighted at Alfonso Crossing, and rode a tricycle from there going to Sonya’s. (Alternatively, from Alfonso Crossing, you can ride a jeepney that passes by Buck Estate, and then transfer to a trike to Sonya’s.)
According to some information from the internet, it’s advised that you reserve days prior to your visit at Sonya’s. We’re unable to do that, so we just walked in, hoping that we could still be accommodated. Good thing, there were still some tables available for us.
|Inside Morning Glory, a greenhouse restaurant at Sonya's|
Sonya’s Garden is perfect for garden-inspired photoshoots and garden weddings. Aside from colorful flowers and plants, water fountains, benches, sculptures, and other art installations are scattered around. Sonya’s has stores where they sell herbal medicines and ointments, fresh produce, to name a few; and a spa for those who would like to be at peace and drive their stress away.
We availed of Sonya’s eat-all-you can buffet for Php 680 plus per head at Morning Glory, Sonya’s greenhouse-restaurants where vines creep along pillars and beams. A bowl of freshly harvested lettuce and arugula leaves for salad was served along with mango, beans, eggs, cucumber, jackfruit, and pineapple. Perfecting my "do-it-yourself" salad was Sonya’s Secret Salad Dressing.
|See that lady with the wide-brimmed hat? That's Sonya Garcia, the owner of Sonya's!|
|Bowl of freshly harvested "salad" leaves|
|...and don't forget this...|
|...make this! Tadaahhh! My own salad!|
Aside from the salad, also were slices of fresh baked whole wheat sesame bread. A selection of homemade dips and toppings was available. This included basil pesto, white cheese, anchovies, and a lot more!
|Fresh baked whole wheat sesame bread|
|A selection of various dips and toppings|
On the buffet table were the pasta and desserts. For the pasta, two kinds of sauces were available, namely sundried tomato and chicken cream with mango, which is my personal favorite! The pasta could be topped with ratatouille, salmon belly, shitake mushrooms, black olives, capers, and grated parmesan cheese.
|The buffet table|
Enjoy all of these with the bottomless, freshly-squeezed pulpy dalandan juice!
You may also enjoy glazed sweet potato, banana rolls with sesame and jackfruit, and chocolate cake from the Panaderia, for dessert. The chocolate cake would be served on your table together with tarragon tea.
|Glazed sweet potato and banana rolls for dessert|
|Chocolate cake and tarragon tea|
After relishing our hefty meal, we toured the place and took out photos in every location possible. We learned that inside Sonya’s were Bed and Breakfast cottages, Panaderia, Country Store, Beyond Scents, Favorite Finds, and Lifesyle Haven.
|Morning Glory - the restaurant where we ate|
|If you want to relax, try Sonya's spa.|
|Teacher Mars and The Secret Garden of Sonya's|
|The abundance of green and colors of happiness!|
|Organic produce are also available, though quite pricey!|
Going to and eating at Sonya’s Garden seemed pricey but it’s always good to try and see for yourself the reason why there’s buzz about this place.
For more information, visit their website: http://www.sonyasgarden.com
We had a side trip at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Crosswinds, just to make the day more "sosyal", hahaha.