Concha’s Garden Cafe at Cliffhouse, Tagaytay

Concha’s Garden Café
KM 58 Maharlika East, General Emilio Aguinaldo Highway
Tagaytay City 4120
No.’s: +63 915 850 7945 | +63 998 945 8027

Ok, I’m not really an AlDub (Alden and Yaya Dub) fan, and truthfully I think I was one of maybe 2% of the Manila population who were very late in knowing about the AlDub phenomenon.  Come to think of it, I only discovered AlDub when my hubby needed to impersonate Alden for a Christmas presentation last year.  I was like, “Sino ka daw dapat? Sino yun?”.   But, on a recent Tagaytay staycation, I have to admit it was a done deal that we try Concha’s Garden Café at the Cliffhouse when I found out that it was owned by Alden Richards.

The Cliffhouse is a modest complex of food and lodging establishments along Tagaytay’s main road, the General Emilio Aguinaldo Highway. We frequent the Cliffhouse when we go to Tagaytay since it’s relatively less crowded than other establishments which have a great view of Taal Volcano, plus there are several dining options.

Love the view of the Taal Lake ridge from the Cliffhouse
Taal Volcano is the smallest active volcano in the world. Its unexplained shape and location on an island within a lake within an island, makes it a unique geologic wonder, enthralling thousands of tourists and geologists yearly. It is one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines and part of the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’. – taken from
The Princess watching some small fish in the garden pond. There’s a small garden in the middle of the lookout deck.
The Baby Ball didn’t like watching the fish and instead opted to run around the lookout deck (no surprise there). But in fairness, he really didn’t move when I told him to hold still for a photo.
Concha’s Garden Café has its original branch in Silang, Cavite. It’s said that Alden Richards really enjoys the food at Concha’s, which was why he also decided to venture into a franchise of the restaurant. This branch is relatively new, having opened only last April.

Facade of Concha’s at the Cliffhouse
Store hours for reference
A plus point of our experience was that the staff members were all very polite.
Al fresco seating. Most of the diners opted to dine outside. In fact, we were the only ones who chose to dine indoors.
There’s also a deli right off the al fresco dining area, with deli and pasalubong products for sale.
Some items for sale in the deli
The café’s vibe, true to its original branch, is rustic and garden-inspired, with a lot of plants, wooden furniture, and stained glass lighting. The majority of its seating is outdoor, but the Tagaytay air is cool enough most of the year for that.  The inside dining area has a high ceiling which thankfully makes it feel less cramped, and has the exterior of an old Filipino-Spanish house painted on one side of the wall, while garden scenery can be found on the other side.

Indoor seating with A/C. Quaint mismatched plates.
The staff were trained well. They especially put this plate out for the Princess, who almost didn’t want to put food on it.
Look up and you’ll feel as if you’re in the garden outside an old Filipino-Spanish house.
Concha’s specializes in Filipino dishes. We ordered Tokwa at Baboy, Oriental Fried Chicken, Lechon Belly, Sinigang na Short Ribs and white rice.  For dessert, we had Kamoteng Turon, a slice of Carrot Cake as per request of the Princess, and a box of sylvannas as per request of the hubby.

I was so preoccupied with the kids, I forgot to take photos of the food! Here are some food photos I grabbed from Concha’s website and facebook pages.

Oriental Fried Chicken (half)
Lechon Belly/Bagnet. My fave from what we ordered.
Kamoteng Turon. This was also good.
Display of cakes and other sweets showcased by Alden’s standee. The sylvannas at the bottom called out to the hubby who promptly ordered one for dessert.
Meanwhile, the carrot cake on the top left appealed to the Princess who requested for a slice.
Truth be told, the food was good, but nothing really spectacular, and quite pricey for the serving size. I was doing a rundown of expenses of our Tagaytay trip and I realized that our lunch bill at Concha’s was almost twice as much as our dinner bill at Gerry’s (though we didn’t get dessert at Gerry’s).  Anyway, it was still a worthwhile experience, and I think that Concha’s is a good option if you want to dine in the Cliffhouse complex.

Up next is about our stay at Tripadvisor’s #1 Hotel in Tagaytay: Hotel Kimberly!

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