Go here for the bulalo, the tawilis, and the view - not for anything else.
It's cheaper than Leslie's or RSM (350 pesos for the bulalo here, Leslie's and RSM now charge over 500 for a bowl of bulalo). While the meat might be a bit tougher, and the portions not as big as that of the two big-name bulaluhans, this was more authentic and homey. Eating here reminded me of my childhood, where Tagaytay climbs on the weekend meant going to the market to buy fresh meat, renting out a picnic table along the ridge, and having the meat cooked by the locals. The servers were pleasant, the proprietor looked like he just woke up from a drunken stupor, and there are a lot of vendors milling around the entrance (look for the dude selling dried tawilis - its actually really good). However, given that there are several other places down the road selling bulalo at 250 pesos (Diner's, Bulalo point) with spiffier interiors and some modicum of a view, i will have to knock down the rating because of the price. This would most probably apply to the other carinderia-type bulaluhans next to Near the Sky (such as Tower Ground and M&M).
As mentioned earlier, this is not for the squeamish or socialite-tastes, this is hardcore, local-style bulalo chomping. No candles, no fancy drapes, waiters wearing bow ties. Just a bowl of piping hot soup, beef, and water cabbage. Squeeze some calamansi and fish sauce, spike it with chili, order 3 cups of rice, and your made!
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