December 24, 2018

Great Steaks and Great View at Fire Lake Grill Cliffhouse Tagaytay

Besides the cool breeze and all that greenery, I love going up to Tagaytay because there are so many places there to get great food, both old and new establishments. Although Tagaytay has changed in so many ways throughout the years, I still find some form of solace every time I visit. It is always a great place for a change in scenery without the hassles of travelling far.

I’ve visited Tagaytay a lot of times already but I haven’t visited or tried out all the restaurants in this area. Just like at Cliffhouse, this compound houses a lot of dining options, but every time I set off there, there’s only one place that we go to. But I’ve always been meaning to try other restaurants here including Fire Lake Grill. And, a few weeks back, I finally got to eat there. Yey!

Fire Lake Grill has been delighting guests since its opening in March of 2005.  Located at the Cliffhouse Tagaytay, it is one of the few elegant restaurants one will find amidst the native grills, burger joints and pizzerias prevalent along Aguinaldo Highway.  It is a modern, Continental grill that offers an extensive selection of grilled meats and seafood as well as innovative starters, salads, pasta, and of course, desserts.

We were welcomed by the very adorable Chef Paul Huang, who also cooked for us, in his cozy restaurant. Chef Paul is proud of his menu that are carefully chosen and is not something that will overwhelm clients. While the menu is the main attraction, the minimalist interior design, cool lounge music, relaxed table settings, and guest-focused service also contribute to a pleasant and upbeat ambiance.

The good food paired with the breathtaking view of Taal volcano and its surrounding lake has put Fire Lake Grill as one of the country's best restaurants by Philippine Tatler for twelve years in a row. It’s perfect for intimate gatherings with friends and family. But what came to my mind when we arrived is that this place is so perfect for a romantic date. Do you agree? Here’s what we had that afternoon: 

Fresh Pumpkin Soup - this classic soup/appetizer was also topped with roasted pumpkin seeds and chives. I loved how creamy this was and how bold the pumpkin flavor too. 

Australian Strip Sirloin Steak - with Red Wine Shallot Sauce. All grilled meat items are served with vegetables of the day and your choice of a side dish and sauce. One of the very reasons why people dine at Fire Lake are their steaks and I have no objection as to why that is because their steaks are really good! I love how tender this Sirloin steak was and was cooked to a perfect medium rare with full smoky flavor. The serving is also large, in my opinion. The cut also had the perfect combination of meat and fat which made super flavorful.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes - this mashed potato was super creamy and thick  and the roasted garlic sprinkled on top of it added a forthright flavor to it. It's a bit unusual to see garlic on a mash potato, but maybe this was a way to make it a little bit Filipino. Even without the gravy, this tasted great already.

Malibu Rum-Poached Pineapple Carpaccio - served with pink peppercorn, candied lime peel and homemade coconut ice cream. I love this dessert because it was very unique and had so many flavors and textures in it. Some may find it weird to find peppercorns in desserts but some liquors (like rum) taste good with it. You must eat a piece of each component to get an explosion of flavors in your mouth. This is a must try!

I totally enjoyed this trip to Tagaytay and finally getting to try Fire Lake Grill. I love the food, I love the service, I love the place and I love the view! I look forward to the day that I can visit again and make my next trip up to Tagaytay blissfully rewarding.

Unit 3, Cliffhouse Tagaytay, Gen. E. Aguinaldo
Highway, Barangay Maharlika East, Tagaytay City
Contact Nos: +63 46 483 2069 
+63 927 914 4604

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile: 
Fire Lake Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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