Before the August 06 lockdown, we decided to go for another out-of-town trip to Tagaytay for lunch. Randomly, we picked Farmer’s Table. A dine-in restaurant located inside Nurture Wellness Village formerly known as Gabriela Health and Heritage Cuisine.
Nurture Wellness is one of my favorite spa in Tagaytay. Before the pandemic, I book once in a awhile for a spa treatment and dine at Gabriela afterwards. They served excellent food, generous proportions with reasonably affordable price.
Ever since they changed their menu back in April 2021, I was keen to taste the new Farmer’s Table Tagaytay menu. And finally, we did!
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Farmer’s Table Chef’s Garden
Upon arriving, the restaurant receptionist was friendly and accommodating. The first thing that i noticed is that, the dining area is absolutely Instagram worthy.
The restaurant has 2 areas. First, is the main dining area. Second, is near the Chef’s garden.
The nice lady arranged for us to be seated right next to the Chef’s Garden. The ambience and the nature vibe is great and the service staff were very helpful and cordial.
They have their own locally grown grown herbs and vegetables that they actually use on their dishes, freshly picked from their own garden.
So, What’s on Farmer’s Table?
Let’s take a look at Farmer’s Table mouthwatering Menu choices. They offer a balance of unique dishes and traditional Filipino food favorites with a twist.
We ordered the Kale Chips with Malunggay-Basil Pesto Mayonnaise Dip (P275.00), their “Famous” Kalderetang “Osso Bucco” (P495.00), Seafood Guava Sinigang (795.00), Fresh Herb Tea Infusions – Calming (P175.00) & Energizing (P175.00), Pandan Jasmine Rice (P150.00).
We all judge the food even before our first bite. Without a doubt everything is aesthetically appealing. Their food plating communicates quality standard but that judgement is based entirely on how the food looks.
Now, let’s talk about their food. Oh boy… here we go…
The moment I saw the Kale Chips and Dip, I already knew how unpleasant the texture is going to be. Judging from how it’s heavily breaded, it’s going to taste like Flour! and I wasn’t wrong. it wasn’t crispy at all and I barely tasted the Kale. Bright side, the Malunggay-Basil Pesto Mayonnaise Dip is flavorful!
That was the first dish that was served and I have to admit, there was already a slight disappointed.
The Farmer’s Table Seafood Guava Sinigang is… again, pwede na (I had better) somehow delish. Mainly because the Bangus, Prawns, Calamari, Mussels, and Clams were fresh served in a hot pot. Serving size is generous enough good for 2 -3 persons. Honestly, this is the only dish I ate.
I didn’t like their “Famous” Kaldereta at all. The sauce was too thick and tasted like tomato paste.
As for their drinks, I didn’t like what we ordered. It didn’t have any taste at all. Well… it’s “infused”. Should have ordered something else.
Remembering Gabriela Health & Heritage Cuisine
I remember when it was still Gabriela Health and Heritage Cuisine. They have this homey relaxed atmosphere, serves simple and savory traditional Filipino dishes.
This WAS their version of Batangas Style Caldereta of Beef Shank in Liver Sauce (P440.00) it looks way different compared to the Farmer’s Table version. They should have just changed the name of the dish.
Gabriela’s Chicken breast stuffed with Julienne Kare Kare Vegetables in Peanut Sauce (P330.00) was to die for! and my personal favorite was Gabriela’s Senorita Langka Turon – wrapped baby bananas with langka topped with ice cream and yema sauce (P120.00).
I told one of our friends about our Farmer’s Table experience that day. She blurted out “eh why didn’t you complain about their food? sana pinapalitan mo! mahal mahal tapos ganyan?”
Well, I’m not the type of person who complains when it comes to a restaurant dish that I’ve ordered. Them being a restaurant, they should have “The Standards”. We went there to eat, not just for the sake of Instagramable venue.
This is my unpretentious blog. I share and write about things based on my experience. So, here’s my final verdict.
Farmer’s Table was so hyped up and overrated. I don’t know for sure if they Chef at that time was just having a bad day. We didn’t enjoy the food at all! and again, we didn’t go there just for the ambience.
Will I go back? Yes! BUT for Nurture Village spa services. As for the Farmer’s Table, not quite sure. Their menu probably was not to my taste. I doubt that all our salivary glands are damaged?! But, who knows?! One thing for sure, its definitely not going to be anytime soon.
I really enjoyed their food when they were Gabriela. As Farmer’s Table, the venue is extravagant, Instagram worthy, but the food… not so much. I’d rather be at Gabriela’s where it had simple nature vibe and served truly delectable dishes.