Bag of Beans (Charito) in Tagaytay
I can't believe that we have been frequenting Tagaytay for more than a decade now and not once have I written about Bag of Beans! I tried searching all over this blog and I found..nothing. To think that not a single trip to Tagaytay, back then, would ever be complete without stopping by Bag of Beans for lunch or merienda. I must have been to engrossed with their coffee and bread that I wasn't able to take photos of the place and their food thus no blog entry. They, after all, have one of the best brewed coffee in Tagaytay and the yummiest bread to go with it too.
From one branch a decade back, Bag of Beans now has 5 branches located along the main road of Tagaytay which they have named -- Charito, Athena, Westlake, Summit and the Main Branch. During our recent staycation at Quest Hotel Tagaytay, I have included lunch at Bag of Beans in our itinerary for two reasons -- we miss their food and coffee already and I want to let the twins have an up close view of the Taal Volcano. They do not accept reservation so we just took it up to chance and luck to see if we'll be able to get a table since we got there at exactly 12nn. As I've mentioned that there are more Bag of Beans branches now, we decided to check out Bag of Beans Charito which is located right beside The Cliffhouse where you can find Buon Giorno and Fire Lake Grill.
This Bag of Beans Charito branch is really pretty! It's definitely a renovated home but they manage to retain the structure and the rooms so you still get the homey feeling the moment you step inside the restaurant. A small door at the right side of the entrance will lead you to the bakery where you can buy some of their famous breads like their Raisin Loaf, Bread Sticks and a few more Tagaytay snacks that you might want to bring back to Manila with you.
Similar to the main branch, the menu is very simple yet it boasts of Bag of Beans' growing list of specialties. Since we were still semi-full from our heavy breakfast at the hotel, we just decided to order a few things to share.
Chicken Teriyaki (Php. 450) -- This was a winning dish and I'm so sorry I wasn't able to take a photo of this as J was so quick to dug into the chicken strips. The taste was very close to those served in Japanese restaurants and I love that it came with stir-fried veggies similar to the traditional Yasai Itame. Very very good!
You may have noticed how the dishes that we ordered were all very kid-friendly. This is how traveling with kids has been. Gone are the days when Paul and I would go all fancy and try things that are unique to just Tagaytay or Bag of Beans. Today, making sure that my kids are happily fed remains to be my top priority and well, we still enjoyed all the dishes that we ordered that day.
The serving size was quite generous that we even managed to bring half of the pizza home. Service was as always superb. I have a feeling that Bag of Beans has really long time staff who has been with them since the original branch thus they get to maintain the same level of attention and service that they continue to give to their loyal patrons. It's no surprise why Bag of Beans remains to be one of Tagaytay's must-visit places and really, you just have to allocate time and pray for luck whenever you intend to dine there as the wait for a table can take a while especially during lunch and dinner time. My tip then is to go during off-peak hours to easily secure your table.
Bag of Beans Charito is located at 150 Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City. Check out their Facebook page to see the full list of branches.