Gourmet Farms in Silang Cavite: A Destination for Coffee and Nature Lovers
Updated as of March 10, 2021
Nestled along Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Silang is Gourmet Farms, a 12-hectare estate and home to the wide plantation of lettuce that they are known for.
Immerse yourself with nature and experience a farm tour for free if you dine in at The Dining Room, their in-house restaurant.
Start your tour at Gourmet Cafe that also doubles as a mini grocery. Here, you can sample some of Gourmet Farms’ best brews sourced both locally and internationally. You may also shop for pasalubong made by Gourmet Farms and their partner companies.
After a cup of coffee, you can opt to dine at The Dining Room, where they serve farm-to-table goodness. They make their own pasta, sauce, and pizza dough, so you are guaranteed to get the best out of your meal.
Seafood Pescatore (Php 380), Pesto Speciale (Php 375), and Gourmet Pizza (Php 550/275)
For the pasta, their best-sellers are the Seafood Pescatore (Php 380) and Pesto Speciale (Php 375). Pair your pasta with Gourmet Pizza (Php 550/275), which is a combination of shrimp, zucchini, and prosciutto in Blanca sauce.
The walking tour starts from The Dining Room going to the lettuce plantation. They also have a greenhouse that keeps a variety of herbs like basil and dill.
Make sure to say hello to all the animal friends you will see along the way!
The next stop is St. Joseph’s Sanctuary, where company retreats can be conducted. There are 10 rooms that can be rented, as well as a conference room for workshops.
The area is almost hidden by the trees surrounding it, making it more serene and secluded.
The last stop is the state-of-the-art coffee roastery of Gourmet Farms, where they store their green beans (unprocessed coffee beans) and imported beans from Brazil and other coffee-producing countries.
Cap off the tour with a refreshing glass of their Signature Cooler, which is made with basil and lemon juice back at The Dining Room.
To those who want to connect with nature without going too far from the Metro, Gourmet Farms is really an ideal place to do so. The farm tour is scheduled from Mondays to Fridays with 10 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm slots.
It is advised to book seven business days ahead. You may call 0917-585-4674 for reservations and inquiries. Also take note that there is no farm tour on holidays, holy week, or during days with inclement weather conditions.
Gourmet Farms is founded by Ernest Escaler in the early 80s. It began as a coffee trading company with a vision to share Philippine beans to the worldwide market, and at the same time, import from around the world to make the Filipino experience it.
How to get here:
- By car: From Makati take the SLEX and turn right to Carmona Exit. From Carmona Exit, continue on Governor‘s Dr. to Emilio Aguinaldo Hwy. Gourmet Farms is located on the left side of the highway.
- By public transport: From the Ayala triangle, take the Erjohn and Almark bus bound to Tagaytay and then get off at Gourmet Farms situated on the left side of the road. The usual bus fare is Php 83. It will be hard to miss since there is a towering sign of Gourmet Farms on the side of the road.
This first appeared in Philippine Primer’s Japanese and English Magazine November 2019 issue.