Saturday, September 4, 2010

Bulalo @ Tantiongco's Resort, Talisay, Batangas

The story behind this bulalo thing is all about our Tagaytay trip which happened early today. I am blogging this for three minor reasons, which I will clearly state below, and for one major reason: to benefit those who seek my advice.

First, when you ask someone about directions and they answer you, think first before saying yes. Do not be blinded by their good offers. We asked a tricycle driver where we can have bulalo and he said he knows this place serving bulalo and at the same time, offering a packaged trip to Taal Volcano. The mention of Taal Volcano gave us so much excitement that we did not even bother to ask for the exact price. He just told us we can check the price list when we get there.

After the P150-worth and 20-minute tricycle ride, we got off at Tantiongco's Resort in Talisay, Batangas, downhill from Tagaytay City. We were disappointed after seeing the price range, P3,500 to P8,500: for foreigners. And for local tourists like us, by which the package includes back-and-forth boat ride, entrance fee to the resort and tour guide fee: P2,500. Take note: entrance fee to Taal Volcano itself and horseback riding rate excluded. The four of us decided not to go. Aside from the fact that the price is unreasonable, we do not want them - opportunists - to benefit from our over excitement and spur-of-the-moment decision.

Second, Tantiongco Resort's service is poor. How they treated us was actually below standards. When we arrived, no one from the resort received us. We had to be guided by our tricycle driver to the table we thought we can have the best view of Taal Volcano.

When we asked for another pitcher of drinking water, the man who acts as waiter, pointed to us a public faucet with flower boxes on both sides and said, "Ay, sir, doon po oh, kayo na lang po ang kumuha," with a smile on his face. The four of us threw each other a surprised question-marked look and said, "Dyosko, Manong, sana hindi na lang namin nalaman," while checking on our own glasses and seeing some residues in the water. Too late. We've almost emptied it.

But not all of Tantiongco's is thumbs down. My third and last point is: To be fair and honest, their bulalo is really good and we actually loved it. The serving was more than enough for us. The meat was tender; the bone marrow was super loved; and the soup was freshly hot. It has a unique savory taste, which is about as umamified as it gets. For comparison, Tantiongco's bulalo is equally good to that of LZM Lutong Bahay Specialties in Silang, Cavite. I just don't have any idea if the bulalo we have just had today gives justice to its P460.00 cost.

All in all, this trip to Talisay has turned out to be a great experience after all. There were lessons learned; that we can use as reference in our future Tagaytay trips. As I end this post, I would like you to know that this misadventure adventure won't stop me from traveling. In fact, this will push me to explore more and tell the world that life is not perfect but we can make the best out of it by simply enjoying what we have, where we are and who we are with.


Tanya said...

wow ang sarap dyan, gusto ko rin ng bulalo..

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John Faulkner said...

comfort food...yummy!