Review: Dinner Offerings and Breakfast Buffet at C2 Classic Cuisine, Summit Ridge Hotel, Tagaytay

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C2 Classic Cuisine at Summit Ridge Hotel in Tagaytay City

As mentioned in my earlier review of Summit Ridge Hotel in Tagaytay City, the hotel only offers one restaurant inside the building, which is C2 Classic Cuisine. Here’s my review of our dining experience in the said Filipino restaurant.

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For dinner, our group decided to take the table located outside. I have no idea what strong winds swept our common sense and pushed us to feel the intense cold that Tagaytay has to offer. It must have been some 17 degrees celsius cold outside, but we went on anyway with our dinner.

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Souper Molo (Php 345)

When the bowl of C2’s Souper Molo arrived on our table, it was fervently welcomed with bowls excited to be filled by its hot soup. It was the perfect soup to warm us up in the cold of Tagaytay. Up to eight people shared one bowl of soup, but the soup size is best for four people.

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It was rather unfortunate that I did not have the chance to acquaint myself with the name of this dish. However, this was definitely one of my favorites! The fish fillet was made tastier by the addition of the sweet and sour sauce.

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Pinakbet at Bagnet (Php 315)

The Pinakbet at Bagnet is a good dish you shouldn’t miss out on. What makes it different from the usual Ilocano classic is the bagnet cubes that topped the flavorful and healthy mix of vegetables on a plate serving big enough for sharing.

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Sisig Express (Php 305)

The Sisig Express served on a sizzling plate. complete with a mix of  pork mask, chicken liver, pork brain, onions and garlic, is a Filipino dish too difficult to resist. I know it’s sinful to eat something that contains this much fat and grease, but you have to treat yourself from time to time! And this dish is just my type of health risk. Haha!

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Chicken Pork Adobo (Php 395)

Another dish well appreciated was the Chicken Pork Adobo. Despite the chicken meat a little dry to the taste, and the sauce was very little to compensate for this, the pork did well in terms of juiciness. It also had shred-cut carrots as sides, and banana halves that helped sweeten the dish.

 

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Biko Barako (Php 105)

Throughout dinner, I shied away from having rice, and helped myself to as little as possible. But when the Biko Barako was served, it was impossible to stop me! Flavored, sweetened rice are my thing. What more with the subtle taste of kapeng barako on my biko? This dessert is too good not to try.

 

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Ripe Mango Shake (Php 140)

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Watermelon Shake (Php 140)

For drinks, most of those on our table had Ripe Mango Shake or the Watermelon Shake. I had the Ripe Mango Shake for myself, and despite mangoes not being in season at the moment, it tasted naturally sweet. The sweetness is nothing forced, like what two to three heaping tablespoon of sweeteners would do.

For their breakfast, we got to try C2’s Breakfast Buffet. Here are some photos:

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Omelet with Mushroom Pieces

I loved their omelet. It was creamy and even had generous amount of diced mushroom in it. I even came back for seconds.

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Fruit Section

The Fruit Section offered watermelons, oranges, pineapple slices, and even dragon fruit (the purple kind)! It was my first time to have dragon fruit and I can say that I would love to have it again :) There’s a salad bar on the other side of the fruit sculptures, but I didn’t help myself to the greens.

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Embutido

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Bread Section

The Bread Section offered small pandesals, sliced loaf bread, as well as wheat loaf bread. There were two types of jam and peanut butter for your choice of spread. There are also muffins and cupcakes, but they run out fast, and takes a while to get replenished, so make sure to grab some of these when you see them on the Bread Section.

 

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Cereals and Milk

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My plate of soup, omelet, sardines, and pancakes

Service: C2’s staff’s service during our dinner was great. It was easy to call their attention, and the attendants were quick on their toes. It was during the breakfast buffet, probably a busy crazy time of the day, that I found their service unhelpful. I had to stand on a counter for five minutes before they gave me a teaspoon to stir my coffee with. At first, I saw that there was still one red stirrer remaining in a glass in front of the coffee machine. I wanted another stirrer. I asked three attendants, THREE, before someone actually handed me a teaspoon. And he handed it to me with an attitude that made me feel like I was disturbing him from what he was doing, and that I owe it to him that I now have a teaspoon. I would like to think that some of these staff were students doing their OJT for C2, since it belongs to CCA, so I’ll give them a bit of consideration. But if they’re not students, I’d be very sad with their service.

It also took a while for them to replenish popular dishes during the breakfast buffet, so you might have to wait or stay a while to get to try all the dishes. That, or wake up early in time for the start of the buffet.

I didn’t have any luck finding the ketchup on my own, and I didn’t have much patience to ask another waiter and be left to wait for five to ten minutes for ketchup. I still wish I had my omelettes with ketchup, though. ;)

Overall, my dining experience with C2 wasn’t extraordinary. It was satisfactory at most. I probably have yet to try more stellar menu offerings from the restaurant to be able to appreciate C2 like most do. I did enjoy that ther menu boasted of our Filipino dishes, and there was evidence of attempt to innovate from the usual, but most of the dishes were ordinary. -HANA

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