This restaurant has 4 branches, but we went twice to the branch on SVD Road because they were the only restaurant that we could find that allowed kids below 15 years of age and pets. We called so many – Antonios, Breakfast at Antonios, Lime and Basil, etc. – and some of them did not have an alfresco area, some didn’t allow seniors and dogs, and none of them allowed kids.
This branch used to be called Mori by Aozora, hence the signage in the back.
After checking into our Stylish Tagaytay AirBnB, we had dinner in with Aozora with my in-laws before they headed back to Manila. They just did a day trip to help us bring our stuff and staff, because we didn’t all fit in one car.
Will only mention the food that we found delicious and worth recommending, like the spicy salmon maki, grilled squid and ebi tempura. We missed sushi so much during this lockdown and we are always happy when we find a place that has fresh seafood!
The Katsu Curry was delicious, but I recommend asking for the Japanese Mayo dressing on the side because I felt that it was too much. The servings are bigger than Manila portions and ingredients are fresh!
The grilled squid on a hot plate was cooked perfectly. The combination with the fresh veggies and the sauce was delicious.
We all loved the house tea, which is my favorite Genmai Cha or green tea with roasted rice. Too bad they ran out when we went back for lunch.
Only my father-in-law and DiploBaby had dessert because the rest of us were too stuffed. These too always have room for vanilla ice cream. Each order comes with 2 delicious scoops.
Look how excited DiploBaby is that we allowed him to have ice cream. Normally we don’t let him have sweets except for fruits during dinner, but since this is a vacation we made an exception!
We had took home some of the food because the servings were larger than we anticipated.
After calling other restaurants and being told that they don’t allow kids, we decided to go back to Aozora after we checked out of our AirBnb at noon so we could have lunch before we headed back home to Manila.
Once again we booked the table outside. It’s important to call and reserve a table because the outdoor tables get occupied during lunch and dinner.
Now we knew what to order and how much so we don’t over-order again. TD and I shared the Spicy Salmon Maki again.
And the 5pc ebi tempura with a bowl of white rice. The shrimp is bigger than average and perfectly crunchy.
The ebi is bigger in actual than how it looks in the photo. We like that they give each diner their own bowl of the tempura dip.
DiploBaby and Yaya B shared the Mixed Tempura which came with 2 ebi, some fish and mixed vegetables. DiploBaby is funny because he only likes the crispy bits and not the actual ebi so it would be wasteful to order the ebi tempura for him.
Not picture is the Katsu Curry which is a repeat order because we liked it last time.
TD, DiploBaby and I shared a serving of their delicious Vanilla Ice Cream. Look how happy our ice cream monster was!
DiploBaby busog (full) and fast asleep on the way home to Manila. It took us 1hr 45mins to get home from Aozora, because it was raining and more traffic on a Saturday. It would take even longer on a Sunday. The traffic in the opposite direction was crazy. That’s why I never recommend going to Tagaytay on a Friday or Saturday. The traffic is so bad.
While waiting for our orders to arrive we had the chance to explore the back of the restaurant. It looked really cool because it’s an Eco Hotel made with shipping containers!
I recommend that you check it out too, because there is a lot to learn from how they designed the hotel sustainably! You can see the photos that I took here: CONTAINERS BY ECO HOTEL IN TAGAYTAY
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