Antonio’s Tagaytay Makes It to San Pellegrino’s Asia’s 50 Best RestaurantsFebruary 1, 2020
- Pamela CortezWords
Finally, after years of being eclipsed by our other Asian counterparts, we have made it. Specifically, Antonio’s has made it: last night, at the San Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, it was revealed that the Filipino culinary institution nabbed a well-deserved spot on the coveted list.
After numerous awards, spots on local best of lists, and even a place from 2008-2013 in the well-known but now defunct Miele Guide, Antonio’s has been rewarded by what is seen by some as the most prestigious awarding body in the Asian restaurant industry. It is the first time the Philippines has been included in the Asian branch of San Pellegrino’s Best Restaurants in the world since its launch in 2013.
Debuting at number 48, Antonio’s has been around since 2002, and is often recognized as one of, if not the, best restaurants in the Philippines. Its quality has only increased with age, with the addition of cocktail bar Lanai Lounge just off the main dining area only adding to its inimitable atmosphere. Antonio’s has become known for serving European cuisine with Philippine influences, often with ingredients that come straight from their very own farms. Its location in a converted home in the middle of Tagaytay has made it into a dining destination, and its success has seen Chef Tonyboy Escalante expand to include Antonio’s Breakfast, The Grill by Antonio’s, and later this year, Balai Dako, and a yet-unnamed restaurant in Pasig (his first in Metro Manila).
Antonio’s joined the prestigious list of restaurants voted for by over 300 panelists across Asia made up of food writers, critics, and chefs, divided into six voting regions: India & Subcontinent; South-East Asia – South; South-East Asia – North; Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macau; mainland China & Korea; Japan. This year, Gaggan from Thailand took the top spot, replacing Nahm, which fell to number 7. Japan’s Narisawa retained its place at number 2, with Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet in Shanghai rounding out the top 3, and replacing Hong Kong’s Amber, which placed third last year.
In a press release, Chef Tonyboy Escalante remarked that, “To be considered one of Asia’s 50 best restaurants is both an honor and a humbling experience. While being part of the list is an acknowledgement of the hard working team at Antonio’s, it is also a statement that Filipino cuisine is ready and waiting for the world.” With Madrid Fusion arriving in April, and our restaurant scene continually buzzing, he’s definitely right–and kudos to the Chef and his team for truly cementing our place on the culinary map.
Check out the rest of this year’s winners here.