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Taal Vista Hotel’s Culinary Gems: A Festival of Filipino Flavors

It was that one happy Monday when I received an invite via email from my friends at Taal Vista Hotel to experience Culinary Gems: A Festival of Filipino Flavors. I was in seventh heaven reading their invite because the event happened to coincide with my birthday weekend. It was truly a sparkling blessing from heaven! Tagaytay, here we come!


Pink + Purple Skyline = Breathtaking View of Taal Lake

We almost did not make it to the event because we all know how Typhoon Mario submerged the whole metro. Luckily, that night before our scheduled drive to Tagaytay City, DOST-PAGASA lowered the rainfall alert from orange to yellow. We left Manila at about 9AM and it was already a bit sunny.


Thank you Taal Vista Hotel for welcoming us once again! 🙂

If you want to learn more about Taal Vista Hotel’s Accommodation, please read my experience when I went there on My Pre-Mother’s Day Getaway At Taal Vista Hotel.

Joining us too for Taal Vista Hotel’s Culinary Gems is Patty Laurel-Filart and her husband, Patrick. It was nice seeing you again, Patty! 🙂


What is Taal Vista Hotel’s Culinary Gems?

In celebration of Taal Vista Hotel’s 75th Anniversary, celebrity guest chefs will be taking over the Café Veranda kitchen to present their unique interpretations of Filipino Cuisine. Experience the artistry and flavor of their dishes at the Culinary Gems: A Festival of Filipino Flavors Buffet on select weekends from September 6 to November 23 at Café Veranda. Lunch buffet will be from 11:30AM to 3:00PM on Saturdays and Sundays, and dinner buffet will be from 6:00PM to 10:00PM on Saturdays.

For our visiting weekend, the featured Filipino chef for Taal Vista’s Culinary Gems was Chef Sau Del Rosario.

Chef Sau Del Rosario: Making Pampanga Proud

Chef Sau del Rosario, who hails from Pampanga, received his culinary arts training in Paris, France and worked in hotel restaurants in Singapore, Shanghai and France. He served as a Chef in Edsa Shangri-La Hotel, New World Hotel and Manila Peninsula Hotel. He is now the Executive Chef of F1 Hotel Manila. He has hosted and judged several television cooking shows and was an endorser of a famous ice cream brand.


Chef Sau Del Rosario: Pampanga’s Pride

It was a great opportunity for me and my family to have met someone like Chef Sau. At first, I find him to be a bit shy / introverted, but when you get to talk to him, he is so warm and accommodating to my interview questions.

Yes, I got to ask him 3 interesting questions! 🙂

Question #1: What dish do you like to cook most for your family?

“Whenever we do family gatherings, syempre lahat kami marunong magluto (of course we all know how to cook), I like to impress them being the most successful. I do Chicken Galatine from scratch. I like doing that because it never fails since it always becomes the center of the conversation. It’s my mother’s heirloom recipe.”


Donya Editha’s Chicken Galantine by Chef Sau Del Rosario

Question #2: What dish do you like to cook for kids?

“I like the Lapu-lapu Mayonessa, because that one, you can’t find it anywhere else. It is another heirloom recipe that I like to share to the future generation — from my lola, to my mom, to me, and to my pamangkins (nieces and nephews). By the way, my pamangkins are chefs as well, and I introduced that.


THE Mayonessa by Chef Sau Del Rosario

Then, there’s Kare-Kare. That Kare-Kare is very unique since I use Truffle Oil. When I talk to people yan lagi sinasabi nila.”


Macadamia Kare-kare in Truffle Oil by Chef Sau Del Rosario

Question #3: What is your ultimate comfort food?

“I like Champorado with Tuyo and it’s a little different because I put chili in it. I like the combination of salty and sweet with a kick of spice. I think it is very comforting.”


Champorado-all-you-can at Taal Vista Hotel! 🙂

Chef Sau del Rosario will be the featured chef on September 20, 21, 27 and 28. As a proud Pampangeño, Chef Sau pays tribute to his roots with heirloom recipes from his mother’s kitchen.

Don’t miss this gastronomic adventure and taste Chef Sau Del Rosario’s signature dishes at Taal Vista’s Culinary Gems!

Chef Sau Del Rosario Menu for Taal Vista Hotel’s Culinary Gems



Pork Ribs Bulanglang


  • Maya-Maya Mayonesa
  • Kesong Puti Stuffed Kalabasa Florets
  • Mechico Tamales Shooters


Donya Editha’s Chicken Galantine


Fried Catfish Buro Pockets Mustasa and Paku Salad


Fried Catfish Buro Pockets Mustasa and Paku Salad



Fried Ox-tail Ravioli with Macadamia Kare-Kare Truffle Sauce


Braised Ox Tongue with Mushrooms and Corn


Pork Sisig Foie Gras


Steamed Lapu-Lapu with Camias, Tomato and Yellow Curry




Pandan Crepes with Coconut Floss


Jackfruit Tibuk-Tibok


Suman Lihiya with Mango and Coco Jam

My husband and I both enjoyed Chef Sau’s cooking. Aside from the dishes that I’ve highlighted above, other must-try’s on the Taal Vista’s Buffet are the Tidtad (Pampanga’s Dinuguan) that is best paired with Puto, and Morcon.






Paella Bringhe



As for dessert, you can also enjoy the Mango Pandan Panacota and their assorted pastries.


Mango Pandan Panacota


Of course, after eating, it is very good to sit back and relax and enjoy the majestic view of Taal Lake just right at the comfort of your room veranda.



Thank you so much and congratulations to Taal Vista Hotel on your 75th Anniversary! Thanks also to Chef Sau Del Rosario for sharing your God-given gifts and abilities in cooking to my family. We really had an amazing and relaxing time last weekend!


Thumbs up for Chef Sau Del Rosario. He is indeed a Filipino Culinary Gem worth celebrating!

Culinary Gems: A Festival of Filipino Flavors Weekend Buffet Schedule:



About Taal Vista Hotel

Taal Vista Hotel is a landmark hotel in Tagaytay City known for its iconic view of Taal Lake and Volcano. For inquiries and reservations, please call +63 (2) 917 8225, +63 (46) 413 1000 or +63 0917 809 1254.

Stay connected with Taal Vista Hotel. Visit the website at, like Taal Vista on Facebook and follow the Twitter and Instagram feeds (@taalvistahotel).

Watch the Taal Vista Hotel 75th Anniversary video at

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Glaiza is a Filipino Home & Lifestyle Blogger, Proud Mom & Military Wife. She believes that a happy and informed family life is both a choice and responsibility. Motherhood is a blessing, and best traveled by sharing and inspiring others. ♥

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