Kate was here in The Farmer's Table, Tagaytay.

Farmer’s Table: Tagaytay’s New Al-Fresco Restaurant

While the pandemic is seeing the closure of many business establishments, there are new restaurants finding ways to thrive. The Farmer’s Table opened in April 2021, more than one year after the first lockdown was announced in the Philippines.

The Farmer’s Table is in Nurture Wellness Village, Tagaytay City.

Their stone-fired pizzas range from ₱350-495

This 100% al-fresco dining destination is the first Tagaytay restaurant of the Raintree Hospitality Group, the people behind popular Manila restaurants such as Saboten, Providore, Chotto Matte, and M Café at the Ayala Museum. Located in Nurture Wellness Village, The Farmer’s Table is Raintree’s answer to the stressors of living in the longest quarantine in the world.

“We saw a unique opportunity and took it,” said Annabella Wisniewski, president of Raintree. “It became more meaningful during the pandemic as we are able to alleviate the plight of many struggling people through job creation and at the same time help lift the low morale of the community through a new vibrant subject.”

For extra social distancing, choose a table near the garden.
Kate was here in The Farmer’s Table, Tagaytay.

Social-Distanced Dining

For those few times that we do go outside to eat in the pandemic, germaphobes and hygiene freaks likes myself have a common checklist: 1. Is it al-fresco? 2. Are the tables far apart? 3. Do they follow strict COVID protocols? 4. Is the food good enough to convince me to leave my house?

The Farmer’s Table ticks all four. “We’re not doing the full table capacity. In fact, we’re a little extra distanced,” Raintree VP Martin Wisniewski told me when I visited the restaurant for the first time last weekend. The tables are properly spaced apart, unlike other restaurant chains that give me an anxiety attack whenever I see that their tables are close to each other with the strong airconditioning blasting around whatever’s airborne.

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Artisanal Baker, next to the Boutique Market
Around 70% of their ingredients are local and from a 3-4 km radius.

This restaurant felt safe for me, even when I had to remove my face shield and mask to devour my meals with my cousin at the opposite end of the table. If you’re feeling extra cautious, you can request to take any of the tables at the far ends of the hall, the ones closest to the gardens.

Proudly Locavore

There are many herb and vegetable gardens around the property. “Around 300 meters away, we have two more farms,” said Chef Kalel Chan. “What we need, they grow it for us. Seventy percent of our ingredients are local and from a three- to four-km radius.”

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The Farmer’s Table has three sections—the Boutique Market, which serves local delicacies, Nurture Wellness signature products, and serves as the venue for the weekend pop-up stores for fresh fruits and vegetables from the Nurture Farmacy (organic farm); the Artisanal Baker, which offers fresh pastries and a coffee and juice bar; and the al-fresco Garden Bistro, where you’ll find the main dining area and events garden terrace.

Mr. Jones’ Brioche French Toast, ₱495. You’ll get banana hazelnut French toast with peanut brittle and fresh cream.

If you’re a fan of Raintree’s famous restaurants, you’ll recognize their signature touches, like the coffee that comes with free Chocnut, which reminds me of M Café and Chelsea Resto!

From Healthy To Hearty

Whatever your diet is like, they’ve got you covered. Looking for meaty Tagaytay classics? Order the Bone Marrow Bulalo or Mr. Jones Tapa. Vegetarians have oodles to choose from, like the Hothouse Cauliflower and Broccoli, Tofu Caesar Salad, and Plant-based Burger. Craving for a sweet breakfast? Get the Mr. Jones’ Brioche French Toast, which is banana hazelnut French toast with peanut brittle and fresh cream. Down it with a mug of barista coffee concoctions.

Hothouse Cauliflower and Broccoli, ₱275

Kale is The Farmer’s Table’s “Queen of Greens.” It’s part of their many drinks and dishes, including this bowl of kale chips.
Tofu Caesar Salad

Is the pandemic making you long for travels to the European countryside? Choose from their unique selection of stone-fired pizzas topped with herbs and edible floral petals straight from their garden. Enjoy a slice or two with their farmhouse smoothies, sangrias, or cocktails.

If you’re a fan of Raintree’s famous restaurants, you’ll see their familiar signature touches, like the coffee that comes with free Chocnut (chocolate peanut bar that most Filipino kids grew up eating… very M Café and Chelsea Resto); international cuisines infused with local ingredients, like pesto sauce that uses malunggay (moringa) instead of basil; and diverse menu options that won’t ostracize any member of your group.

Grilled Za’atar Crusted Salmon Fillet, ₱675
Grilled Plant-Based Burger, ₱495

Signature Pineapple Kale Smoothie, ₱195

Spa On Hold

As of publishing this article, Tagaytay and Manila are still on MECQ (modified enhanced community quarantine), which means spas are not allowed to operate. “Hopefully when GCQ (general community quarantine) is announced, we can go back to offering our regular spa services,” said wellness advocate and owner of Nurture Wellness Village, Cathy Brillantes Turvill.

Fans of their spa’s traditional Filipino massages and hotel day packages will have to wait until it’s safe to book. For now, you can purchase Nurture Farmacy products at The Farmer’s Table. Choose from superchips, bottled condiments, home spa products, and many other healthy grocery items.

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The Farmer’s Table is located at Nurture Wellness Village, Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim II, West Cavite, Tagaytay City.

Operating hours:
Tuesday to Thursday: 7am – 8pm
Friday to Sunday: 7am – 9pm
Monday: Closed

For inquiries and reservations, call +63 905 387 7993 or +63 960 928 3142.