Cafe Voi La in Tagaytay: A Total Masterpiece of Art and Food
Although the name might instantly ring French, Cafe Voi La is an Asian-fusion restaurant born out of a traveler’s culinary discoveries around Southeast Asia.
From the colorful picture-perfect interiors to the menu, the place is an artistic masterpiece in the form of a restaurant that will take you to a whole new level of dining experience.
Every corner of Cafe Voi La is perfect for your Instagram feed./ IMAGE Cafe Voi La
The name of the restaurant was inspired by the Vietnamese phrase boi la, which means to cook with leaves. They use a lot of herbs and fresh ingredients that form exciting epicurean dishes.
We highly recommend Café Voi La Signature Chicken Satay (Php 395/3 pieces, Php 495/5 pieces) a delightful concoction of Vietnamese, Indonesian and Cambodian flavors and spices like lemongrass, turmeric ginger, and kafir lime.
Pungent flavors ooze from the meat and while it is served with a special home-made peanut sauce, the meat itself creates a satisfying pleasure in the palate.
Café Voi La Signature Chicken Satay (Php 395/3 pieces, Php 495/5 pieces)
The Pad Thai (Php 595) is a very familiar Thai dish but is an incredible discovery at Café Voi La. Temptingly presented, this stir-fried noodle dish is made with a piquant sauce, grilled tofu, bean sprouts, and crushed roasted peanuts, with a slice of lemon to balance out the flavors.
Pad Thai (Php 595)
The Special Senator’s Salad (Php 395) is made from assorted green lettuce, paper-thin slices of smoked salmon, grilled prawns, and shitake mushroom, garnished with parmesan shavings. On the other hand, the Seafood Curry (Php 595) is a mix of shrimp, salmon, and mussels in spicy curry sauce.
Special Senator’s Salad (Php 395)
Cafe Voi La Seafood Curry (Php 595)
Cafe Voi La’s Salmon Khao Soi (Php 595) is a Northern Thai-inspired yellow curry and coconut cream flavored noodle soup. While their menu mainly presents a fusion of various Asian flavors, they also offer Western favorites like steaks and pizzas.
Salmon Khao Soi (Php 595)
They also have a selection of artisanal coffee that takes inspiration from different Asian countries. A hot cup of Vietnamese Latte (Php 155) would make a great finale to an incredibly filling meal.
Vietnamese Latte (Php 155)
How to get here
- Cafe Voi La is located 12 minutes away from Olivarez Plaza Rotonda along Tagaytay-Calamba Road. You will pass by Starbuck Domicillo, Museo Orlina, and Tagaytay Picnic Grove.
- The nearest landmark to Cafe Voi La is Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Crosswinds.
A version of this appeared in Philippine Primer Japanese and English September 2017 and December 2019 issues
Written by Rizelle “Rei” Leaño
Updated as of December 2, 2019