I read somewhere on the Internet that the Puzzle Mansion’s coconut cream pie was “the best buko pie”. Because I want to dispute everything (don’t we all?) and firmly believe that Lety’s Buko Pie is the best buko pie ever, I asked my friend R to come with me to Tagaytay City. She agreed, and then we figured that since we were already going to Tagaytay, we may as well eat Bulalo and do other Tagaytay things like, buy pineapples.
We met up at Festival Mall to take the shuttle that takes you straight to Tagaytay City. It’s outside the mall entrance/exit that’s near Goldilocks and it costs only P75 per person. I must say, it’s the most convenient way to commute to Tagaytay City if you’re from the south (I don’t mean Cavite/Laguna, of course). The only problem is that you have to wait for the shuttle to be filled before it leaves. We waited for about an hour so I’d say that it’s not the best option if you’re on a schedule. Still quite convenient, though. :)
We arrived at Tagaytay an hour after the van we were on left Festival Mall. We got off at the rotunda and crossed the street to ride the jeep. Our first stop was Green ATS Bulalohan. It’s along the Aguinaldo Highway, but make sure to take the jeep that’s going to Nasugbu because the other ones turn right somewhere before you reach the area (R and I learned this the hard way, unfortunately.) Anyway, here’s a link to Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/yMtNM
We ordered their special bulalo (for 2), 2 cups of rice and 2 bottles of soft drinks. It cost us around P250 each, which I think is reasonable. Especially because we had this to look at as we ate:
Tagaytay wasn’t as cool as we expected, but the breeze was still nice and sunny days make the best pictures. :) I’ve seen this view about a hundred times what with Tagaytay being relatively close to where I live, but I still love it. Because it’s beautiful! Diba? :D
Anyway, after eating bulalo, we were in the condition to have some dessert so that’s when we went to the Puzzle Mansion. We had to walk just a little bit from Green ATS Bulalohan to get to the corner where you take the tricycle to Puzzle Mansion from. A tricycle and (very) short jeepney ride later, we were at the Puzzle Mansion. It costs P100 each to see the gallery/museum, so we just went straight to the restaurant. It’s not that I’m not interested in puzzles, I just really really wanted to try the coconut cream pie at this point. :P
R and I tried a slice each first. It’s P50 per slice and P350 a box (8 slices). And we had iced coffee, too. Iced coffee isn’t in the menu, but you can request to have the brewed coffee served iced. The people in the restaurant were really nice. :) And the coffee was really good, too. :) And the main event? Really, really, really good. :D
My craving, nay curiosity, was satisfied. The coconut cream pie isn’t just delicious, it’s also quite different from anything I’ve tasted. I do have to say this, though: It’s not the best buko pie ever, because it’s not buko pie! Simple as that!
I’m not even sure if it can be called a pie in the first place because by definition, a pie is “a food that consists of meat, vegetables, or fruit cooked inside a case of pastry or below a layer of it.” Inside or below, it clearly states, and the fruit in this case is above a layer of pastry (crust) and below a layer of cream. As well, pies are traditionally hot, and this must be served cold. If you were going to compare it to something, I’d say it should be compared to cheesecake. Or, fine, key lime pie. Except that those are tart, and this is sweet and creamy.
Well, semantics has always been a tricky thing. But I still think “best buko pie” is such a misrepresentation of this. Either way, it tastes great, and I’d say worth the trip!
After we finished eating the slices we ordered, we got a box each to take home. Outside the Puzzle Mansion, before reaching the highway, there were some ladies selling pineapples and because it almost wouldn’t have been a Tagaytay trip if we didn’t get any, R and I bought 2 large pineapples each. (Also, our mothers asked us to buy pineapples. Oh, mothers. :P)
Before heading back to Manila, we wanted to pass by Bag of Beans, supposedly just to buy some coffee beans or raisin bread, but we ended up indulging ourselves and having breakfast for (early) dinner. :D
eggs benedict, signature coffee, country breakfast
Yum yum yum. We would go home with our stomachs thicker and wallets thinner, but I have no regrets. I mean, look at that bacon. #nuffsaid ;)
We managed to catch the last trip of the van back to Alabang and arrived at Festival Mall just a few minutes before 9 p.m. A few minutes after 9 p.m., I found myself getting a hair spa at David’s Salon. But that’s another story. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!