Sonya's Garden.

Valentine's Day isn't just for couples and so are wedding venues like Sonya's GardenOur recent trip there just proves it!  So even if this seems to be another Happy Hearts Day post, you can also treat this like a simple dinner suggestion from me :)

Last December, T and his friends had a mini highschool reunion in Tagaytay and he let me tag along.  After a day of fun and adventure, a few of us stayed behind to have dinner.  After debating about where to eat and where to go, we finally decided on Sonya's Garden.

Look for this sign!

Sonya's Garden is a bit difficult to get to because of 2 things:
  1. It's in Alfonso, Cavite, which is around 30-45 minutes away from Tagaytay proper.
  2. From the main highway, you still have to drive down a small, dark, bumpy road for about 2.5 kilometers. 
But don't get put off because of the distance or the dark road you have to traverse before getting to this place because it's all worth it!

The dining area leading to the kitchen.

Upon entering the dining area, I was impressed. True to its name, there is a full garden right beside the dining area!  

We chose this table beside the garden.

Sonya's Garden do not carry menus.  Well, technically, there are special set menus available upon special request for 20 guests or more but the 'usual' in Sonya's Garden is their organic menu consisting of salad greens homegrown from the garden, baked bread and pasta at P650/$15 per person.

All ingredients are home grown.
Green, green, green everywhere!

We were first served freshly harvested lettuce and arugula topped with mango, broad beans, eggs, cucumber, pineapple and nuts with Sonya’s (the owner) secret dressing on the side.  I was a bit disappointed not to find the infamous 'rose petals' mixed in with the salad though.  Usually, Sonya's Garden serves edible flowers with the salad greens but I guess they didn't have any that night.

Create your own salad!

Not long after, they served us fresh baked whole wheat sesame bread with an array of homemade dips and toppings: basil pesto, white cheese, anchovies, bruschetta tomato toppings. mushroom pate, black olive tapinade and fresh green peppercorn in olive oil.   I recommend mixing basil pesto with the white cheese dip.

Mix and match.

Next, they served pasta with two kinds of sauces: sun dried tomato and chicken cream with mango. Toppings include ratatouille, salmon belly, shiitake mushrooms, black olives, capers, grated parmesan cheese and pepperoni.  I mixed 2 parts chicken cream with a part of sun dried tomato sauce and added all of the toppings plus white cheese from the bread set... YUM!

The noodles.

I think we had a gazillion orders of salmon belly.

They refill everything till your hearts content.  But if you feel this still isn't enough, you can ask for a side order of Braised Chicken with Potatoes (P650) or Roast Chicken (P495).  But remember to leave room for dessert: glazed sweet potato, banana rolls with sesame and jackfruit, and smashingly sinful homemade chocolate cake from the Panaderia (bakery). 

Glazed sweet potato.

Anticipating tummy coma from all of the food consumed, they serve tarragon tea at the end of the meal. Speaking of drinks, I forgot to mention that the dinner comes with unlimited refills of freshly squeezed dalandan (native orange) juice.

Tarragon tea.

All in all, dinner was very enjoyable from the ambiance to the food.  Plus, the staff was so accommodating!  It was almost 8 in the evening when we called and even if they close at 9, they granted our reservation request.  Now that's service!  So if anyone from Sonya's Garden is reading this entry, thank you!  We really appreciate it.

Not only for couples but also for friends :)

Sonya's Garden also recently put up a Bed and Breakfast where an overnight stay is P3,000/$60 per person on weekdays and P3,400/$65 per person on weekends.  But what I'm more interested in is their spa.  Maybe T and I can go there one weekend and try their services.  Oh and one other thing, try the Cheese Hopia from their Panaderia (bakery).  Pure parmesan goodness!

One of the daybeds in the garden: Happy Valentines from me and T! :)

Sonya's Garden
Dining Date: 12 December 2010

Barangay Buck Estate
Alfonso, Cavite
Mobile Nos.: (63917) 532-9097
(63917) 533-5140
 (63917) 523-1080

Official Sonya's Garden Website

A map to help you find your way.

Photo Credit (map): (map)


  1. Had a wonderful experience here too: The Healthy Eat-All-You-Can!

    We had extra servings of the salmon belly as well. Haha. Too bad they had already run out of the chocolate cake when we arrived! :-(

  2. happy valentines day...
    i have heard of this place before.. surely is a nice place to go and stay.. lalo na if you are with your special someone :-)

  3. Manila Girl. Aww.. The chocolate cake was divine!

    Reyapot. Happy Valentines Day to you, too!

  4. I'm in the area a lot but I've never been to Sonya's for some reason...I really should go one of these days!

  5. thanks for this very informative post! i am so looking forward to eat there kapag nakauwe kami ng pinas! :) all the food that you've had looks delicious and the daybed picture was really nice! what a lovely couple! happy valentines! :)

  6. Clare. I guess people think the place is just for couples.. but it's not! Had fun going there with T's friends. You should try it soon!

    Cheerful. Thank you so much! Happy Valentines! :)

  7. never been but would love to go here! one of these days, I hope. :)

  8. Cute ni T. Does he have a brother? LOL.


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