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List of Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Manila, Philippines

Posted on 25 March 2015 by Flisha

I am creating this list because I love my Snowy, my white-haired toy poodle, and I cannot bear to part with him, therefore I try to bring him wherever I go. You should see his puppy dog face when he knows I am leaving without him, he has perfected it, and it breaks my heart everytime! He is very manipulative. But then he is so cute that I can’t help but love him all the more!

So here are the dog-friendly restaurants I have been to, so far. If you’ve got any suggestions, feel free to comment! :)

  1. The Original Hawaiian BBQ, Tagaytay City
    Location: The Boutique Bed & Breakfast, 45 Aguinaldo Highway
    Contact Number: +63 46 413 1798

    They have this really nice open space where they allow dogs. It’s got a great view too. Best to come late afternoon when the sun is setting or at night to experience the cool breeze of Tagaytay. If you’re coming here around December-February, be prepared for it to get really chilly! So bring some warm jackets! For your pooch, too!

    Recommended dish: Garlic Mussels (Php 250) – From their menu, fresh mussels marinated in our special sauce then grilled in a wooden bamboo trunk. Served sizzling. This dish has great flavor but I may be biased because I love anything with garlic AND mussels. Combine the two and I am hooked! :)

    Stay away from: Original Crispy Baby Back Ribs (Php 520 / 700) – the breading kind of took away all the flavor from the ribs. Did not enjoy this at all. If you’re hankering for ribs, best to stick with their original hawaiian baby back ribs which cost the same but taste so much better!

    The Original Hawaiian BBQ in Tagaytay City

  2. Bag of Beans, Tagaytay City
    Location: 115 Aguinaldo Highway, Mendez Crossing West
    Contact Number: +63 922 881 8265

    They have a cool courtyard feel with a mishmash of chairs, tables and dining areas. The vibe is very laidback and cozy. They are so dog friendly that, when the server saw I had a dog with me (on my lap), she pulled up a chair beside me, placed a chair pillow and said, “Why don’t you place him here?” I was very grateful but Snowy only wanted to sit on me (sigh).

    Recommended dish: Salad Astoria (Php 235) – From their menu, Mixed lettuce topped with orange fillet, chopped walnuts and light french dressing. Generous servings, this dish is good for two. The lettuce was so fresh and stiff. Then again, doesn’t Tagaytay often serve great salads? :) To be honest, we only went there once for merienda so I haven’t tried their main courses. When I go there again, I’ll make sure it’s for lunch or dinner.

    Stay away from: Chocolate mousse (Php 110). This mousse was not a mousse at all. More like they emptied a jar of chocolate spread and put it in a cup. Ugh. I could only take a couple of teaspoons before I had enough.

    Bag of Beans

  3. The Lake District, Tagaytay City
    Location: 5915 Aguinaldo Highway (beside Gerry’s Grill)
    Contact Number: +63 46 413 4186

    I did not plan to go here. I wanted to eat at Gerry’s but they had a large sign saying pets not allowed. :-( But then off to the left there was this new restaurant and we asked if they allow pets. Lo and behold they let me bring my poodle in, which was terrific! The server was very sweet to my dog and even picked him up and brought Snowy in himself! The other server was very kind and even told us about his own Chowchow. :-)

    Recommended dish: Fried Squid (Php 200 something). Since it’s a very new restaurant, I could not find their menu online. But I really liked their fried squid. My only gripe is that the serving was too small. Next time I will have to order two! :-)

    Stay away from: None, really. We enjoyed all our dishes here. :-)

    The Lake District

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OK, so all the places I have listed here are in Tagaytay. Hahaha! Now you know where I mostly go during the weekends. :-P I will try to add more places in as I go along.

Thanks for visiting! :-)


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Tagaytay Bag of Beans

Posted on 22 October 2013 by Flisha

Since Gim and I bought a car over a month ago, weekends are so much more fun fun fun. :)

Two weeks ago, we went to Tagaytay. It’s south of Manila but high up in the mountains so it’s chilly and has a great view of Taal Lake (with the volcano within a lake within a volcano within a lake).

Thanks to SLEX (South Luzon Expressway), we got there in about 2 hours. Actually it would have been faster if we had known the way. :) But since it was our first time to travel to Tagaytay on a private transportation, we stopped several times for directions.

We decided to have a late lunch at Bag of Beans, which was recommended by Gim. On hindsight, I will not eat a meal there again.

I ate Shepherd’s pie, which I thought would be big enough as a meal. But it would better as a merienda for the size. Also it was kind of cold. :(

Gim ordered kidney pie, I think? Not sure about the name now, but he liked it.

We brought my sister along. She ordered lechon kawali rice topping, which was OK but overpriced.

However dessert was great. We ordered a blueberry cheesecake for share, and it was really cold, creamy and very very good. :) Also, their signature coffee to go with it. For me coffee is coffee. But Gim the coffee lover said it was quite tasty, well he’s the better judge of coffee. :)

The view from Bag of Beans is not as good as other famous restaurants, since you can’t really see Taal Volcano, just Taal Lake. But it was very serene and relaxing.

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We dined al fresco since the weather was nice. :)

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My boyfriend Gim and my sister Melisse below.

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Me and Gim. :)

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Me, me, me! :)

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