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A Hidden Gem in Tagaytay at La Bella Residences


Just when I thought I’ve had enough of Tagaytay, I’ve stumbled upon this charming restaurant that effortlessly transported me to the best of Europe all at once—Greece, Spain, and Italy.

I’m talking about El Cocinero by Chef Arnaldo, a secluded Spanish restaurant veiled inside La Bella Residences, a real-estate development, which prides itself as a “health and wellness haven,” at Barangay Neogan in Tagaytay City.

I visited the restaurant last summer with my family and we were happily surprised to find this off-the-grid dining destination, away from the chaotic side of Tagaytay. We were so drawn not only with the Mediterranean vibes and feels of the place but also with the food, bursting with authentic Spanish flavors! It’s a fusion like no other—cozy atmosphere plus flavorful food equals a truly good time.


Let me tell you what I love about this hidden gem in Tagaytay as well as some tips for you to enjoy this restaurant:

  1. The main draw of El Cocinero is in its Santorini-like interior. El Cocinero is what Instagram dreams are made of as hues that define Greece are all over the restaurant! Imagine white washed walls with bright blue doors and windows—totally instagrammable, right?
  2. The vibrant Picasso-inspired paintings and murals accentuate and complement the overall look of the place. My tip: get a table at the second floor as the drama is up there
  3. Dining at El Cocinero is like having an intimate culinary sojourn. The scenery is lush and serene—you’ll enjoy devouring the restaurant’s specialties in peace. There’s not much crowdand the place can only accommodate a handful of guests so I can say it’s also perfect for romantic dates and even a dreamy proposal!
  4. It has an outdoor alfresco dining area for guests to truly immerse in and feel the fresh Tagaytay breeze.
  5. The food is outstanding! Their varied selection of paellas might just be the best in the country. At the helm of the restaurant is Chef Arnaldo Limeta who spent 14 years in Ibiza, Spain where he learned to master Mediterranean menu and Spanish specialties. The dishes at El Cocinero are as authentic as they can be! But please be patient as it takes a while for orders to come. Give them at least 20-30 minutes of serving time or better yet, reserve and order in advance.
  6. The staff is attentive. El Cocinero’s crew knows the menu very well and they will try to help you every moment you’re there—whether it’s a question about their offerings or just simply taking your photo, you can definitely count on them. Chef Arnaldo himself is gracious and accommodating. When we visited, he was on his way to a business meeting but he still took his time to go upstairs, greet us, and take a photo with us. He even instructed the staff to give us free appetizers! What a treat!
  7. As a bonus, El Cocinero is located inside La Bella Residences, where you can also find an outdoor organic and art market and the Bodhi Mind and Body Shop, a two-story shop filled with books and an open deck, free for anyone to get access to. The La Bella Boutique Hotel and Residences will also be ready for occupancy later this year or early next year, which is something to look forward to.

You can read the full post here: https://www.girlchasingsunshine.com/2017/06/el-cocinero-tagaytay.html?m=1


El Cocinero by Chef Arnaldo from Wheesper


A taste of Spain just 2 hours away from Manila! A few weekends ago, my wife and I discovered by pure coincidence El Cocinero, by Chef Arnaldo (special thanks to Canyon Cove Hotel & Spa for “encouraging” guests to explore  alternative dining options in nearby Nasugbu). We couldn’t believe to have found authentic Spanish food on a beach day in Nasugbu!

Chef Arnold is a dreamer, hard-working Filipino who, during the 14 years he spent in the Spanish island of Ibiza, mastered the art of cooking some of the best Mediterranean recipes. The menu predominantly has Spanish dishes, but Nasugbu town fellows are well aware of El Cocinero‘s homemade breads, pizzas and calzones (yes, freshly baked!). El Cocinero is a small, basic restaurant that opened 15 months ago. Simple but authentic, as Chef Arnold not only applies original recipes but also ensures that clients taste the freshest ingredients (vegetables delivered from Tagaytay, fresh seafood from the nearby waters). In fact, the food was so good that we went back for dinner on the same day!

The Good: the food is fresh and tasteful (one of the best Spanish paellas I’ve had in the Philippines so far), you feel the personal touch of Chef Arnold on each dish as he really makes sure you are having an unforgettable experience (prepared the dough for the Churros con Chocolate from scratch for us, found some old Alex Ubago songs to play in his iPod…). The Paella de Mariscos was just Authentic, combining the chef’s talent with the flavorful local seafoods!   We also enjoyed dipping the Calamares in the Ali-Oli (or actually the other way around). The bread baked in the restaurant feels like just bought in a Panaderia in Spain, oh, and don’t forget add some of the side sauces (particularly the tomato crashed one).   Chef Arnold added a few more vegetables to the combination of cheese and tomato….what a tasty Calzone!   I know some may disagree…but Tinto de Verano (red wine + ice + lemon + gaseosa/Sprite) is the best get hydrated on a hot day!   Yes, the Chef prepared the dough for the Churros just in front of us!!! What a better way to finish a meal!

The Bad: The restaurant was small, only 5 tables, with a non-Ibiza picture on the back. The wine selection was limited, a pity to accompany such amazing meal.     The salad was just ok, we found the dressing too sweet.   And…The

Verdict: El Cocinero is one of the best Spanish restaurants in the Philippines without doubts. The simplicity of the venue matches the natural, fresh ingredients used by Chef Arnaldo. Order paellas, pescadosand bread! He has managed to shorten the distance between the Philippines and Spain. Now, if I feel homesick, I know that I can find a bite of Spain in Nasugbu.

Where to find it: From Manila drive to Nasugbu thru 1) Tagaytay for a faster way (you may also buy some fruits and Pasalubong in the way back) or 2) Cavitex Ternate-Pico de Loro-Punta Fuego road (for a more scenic sea views along the road). The restaurant is located in Nasugbu’s main street (J.P. Laurel St) just across St. Francis Xavier Parish Church. 164 J.P. Laurel Street, Nasugbu Batangas 0920 295 4612 Open daily 10.30am to 10.00pm

Original post: https://wheesper.com/2015/03/25/el-cocinero-by-chef-arnaldo-nasugbu/


1 of the Best Restaurants to Try out in Tagaytay

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