For me, a good vacation should be a perfect balance of being able to recharge yourself --physically, mentally and spiritually, as well as to satisfy your tummy with the yummiest dishes too. :)
It was pretty obvious that Paul and I had the time of our lives as we enjoyed the room, jacuzzi and the DVD collection in Discovery Country Suites. After enjoying our wine and cheese cocktail, we also had dinner at Restaurant Verbena where we were given the chance to choose a set menu. It was so hard to choose as we each had something we wanted to try from the other set menus but the Verbena's Classics was mutually agreed upon as THE ONE.
Restaurant Verbena is Discovery Country Suites' in-house restaurant. I've been wanting to try this for the longest time for two main reasons -- first, it was listed as one of the top restaurants in Miele Guide and second, the restaurant features a number of Chef David Pardo de Ayala's culinary creations and after enjoying a meal prepared by him before, I have been wanting to try more.
After our delicious dinner, we both retreated to our room and excitedly anticipated for breakfast the next day.
My Corned Beef was served in a skillet bowl similar to where last night's Goulash was served. I love how it managed to keep the dish piping hot. The garlic rice and scrambled egg was then served on a regular plate. Look at how creamy my scrambled egg was! It was really good. The corned beef was obviously homemade and not the kind that might have came from a can. Paul was also very happy with this as he couldn't help but crossover from my side of the table. The serving was big so I gladly shared my breakfast with him. :)
Nonetheless, both dinner and breakfast was truly remarkable at Restaurant Verbena. It's not wonder why it has been getting a number of awards and acknowledgements from the foodie world. Next time I visit, I'll also make sure to try their Fondue and Oysters which I heard are truly fantastic.
Restaurant Verbena is located inside Discovery Country Suites. 300 Calamba Road, San Jose in Tagaytay City. Call them at (046) 413-4567 / (02) 529-8127.