(SPOT.ph) When the need to treat yourself to a real special meal hits (especially come long weekend or holiday!), Antonio's is pretty much the place to be. The establishment in Tagaytay has been a go-to for stellar fine-dining fare in an idyllic, secluded setting—and apart from having its share of regulars, it's even been included in coveted best-resto lists by international bodies, among them the 2022 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 51 to 100 list. Though going out for a drive to the restaurant is always a great idea, imagine being able to get the Antonio's experience sans the long travel time (not counting traffic-related delays, but that's another story)—e.g., right here in the Metro. That might just be a reality very soon, as news has come out hinting at Antonio's opening their own Metro Manila outpost.
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Here's what we know so far about the upcoming Manila outpost of Tagaytay fine-dining icon Antonio's:
David Ong (of The Curator, EDSA Beverage Design Studio, and OTO) shares the good news in an Instagram post published on August 5, and states that Antonio's Manila opening is in partnership with car dealer PGACars. "Yes, [it's] the same Antonio’s as in Tagaytay but [with] a different concept: bar, bistro, and fine dining," writes Ong, who shares in an exchange with SPOT.ph that he was tapped to for a number of arenas—among them the bar layout, inventory, hiring, training, coming up with the drinks menu, and watching over operations. The Manila branch will also be located near EDSA—"literally just two doors down from EDSA Beverage Design Studio [EDSA BDG]."
Though Antonio's has yet to announce the opening date, we're keeping our fingers crossed it happens within the year! For now, we'll be dreaming of the next date we can venture out to the Tagaytay outpost to get our fill of their winning Gruyere & Portobello Souffle, Duck Leg Confit, and other signatures. Definitely keep your eyes on their Facebook page for the time being.
For more information, check out Antonio's Facebook page.
Main image from Antonio's Facebook page; used for illustrative purposes only.
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