Concha’s Garden Cafe in Silang, Cavite: Little Vintage Garden Restaurant in the South
Concha’s Garden Cafe is a little garden paradise in the south boasting homemade favorites with recipes full of flavor and heart.
The facade gives a simple and typical garden restaurant vibe but hidden behind the big wooden doors are antique stained glass windows and vintage bricks accented with grand chandeliers and wooden fixtures—similar to a Filipino ancestral house.
What started as Gemma Sembrano’s dream of sharing her grandmother, Caridad Concha-Escueta’s special recipes, became a home to everyone’s much-loved traditional Filipino dishes like the Pork and Chicken Embutido (Php 320).
Pork and Chicken Embutido (Php 320)
It is a Filipino-style meatloaf typically made with ground pork. Concha’s version of this is bacon-wrapped chicken embutido that is best paired with steamed rice and ketchup on the side.
For those who love seafood, their Baked Tahong (Php 320) is definitely a must-try, may it be for an appetizer or simple lunch meal with a cup of rice and drink.
Baked Tahong (Php 320)
Their baked tahong or mussel with cheese and garlic has just the right amount of saltiness to awaken your taste buds and will have you try out some more.
Want to try something different? Try getting the Mango Cream Fettuccine (Php 330) and indulge in a tangy yet creamy pasta plate that comes with pieces of shrimp.
Mango Cream Fettuccine (Php 330)
There is nothing more heart-warming after finishing a meal than getting yourself a refreshing Mango Shake (Php 140) or a sweet Caramel Macchiato (Php 130).
Caramel Macchiato (Php 130)
Apart from the delectable dishes they serve, Concha’s Garden Cafe also has a small space dedicated to yummy treats that you can take home. They sell a variety of pasalubongs or souvenirs from bottled jams and cookies to nuts and sweets.
How to get here:
- By car: Concha’s Garden is situated along Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road, which you can reach via SLEX, taking the Sta. Rosa Exit. The nearest landmarks are Petron and Tia Belle’s Pansit Malabon & Pichi Pichi. From Sta. Rosa, Concha’s Garden is on the right side.
- By public transport: You may take the P2P bus from Makati Circuit Lane to Nuvali, Sta. Rosa. From there, you may ride a jeep or tricycle going to Tagaytay. Concha’s Garden Cafe is on the left side of the road. If coming from Silang Town Plaza, you can ride a tricycle going to Lumil and then ride a jeepney to Concha’s Garden. There are also jeepneys stationed at Tagaytay Public Market that can drop you off at Concha’s.
This first appeared in Philippine Primer’s Japanese and English Magazine November issue.