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Sonya's Garden Country Bed and Breakfast, Freshness and Fine Dine-in, Inside the Garden.

Updated on July 30, 2018
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Dining Area inside a garden

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At the Entrance, it is Sonya's Garden but looking at the Menu, it still has its old name that is Sonya's Secret Cottage Restaurant Inc.

From the gate, it will be quite a long walk going to the main restaurant, but just like what the name suggests, it is like touring in a garden until you found the dining area at the center of the garden.

Sonya's Garden is located at Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite 4123, Cavite Philippines


Fresh Dalandan Juice

I was so thirsty when we were on our way to Sonya's Garden, and it was like an answered prayer when the waiter immediately served us freshly squeezed dalandan juice. Longing for something to drink, the juice just tasted so heavenly. Served as bottomless, it is part of the set meal/ eat all you can at a reasonable price.

Garden Salad Greens

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The color of freshly harvested lettuce and arugula is overwhelming. Though I am not really the type that will crave for vegetable salad, this one is something I can't just ignore. This is like a create your own salad, the add-ons were served in separate saucers such as the sliced mango, broad beans, sliced eggs, cucumber, Jackfruit, pineapple, and corn. They also included fruits that are in season. The choice of salad dressing is also served on the table, they called one special dressing as Sonya's secret salad dressing, and the other one is Balsamic vinegar/extra virgin olive oil. How refreshing, to think that the vegetables were really freshly picked up from the garden.

Delicious Bread with Gourmet Fillings

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Sonya's garden is also known for their freshly baked bread, in fact, it has its own Panaderia (bakery) and they really invite customers to visit the place and try their specialties. Anyway I love bread, especially when served with different dips that I personally called gourmet fillings. The child in me came out for a while, I always love cheese and basil pesto, but the mushroom pate, black olive tapenade, anchovies and bruschetta tomato toppings are also worthy of my attention. Wish I can eat more but I need to reserve a room for the main meal and dessert. We are just starting I know..

Pasta time

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The Red Sauce and what do you call that thing that collects the pastaShitake Mushroom, capers and black olivesWhite Sauce for Pasta, with other ingredientsFried Salmon Belly
The Red Sauce and what do you call that thing that collects the pasta
The Red Sauce and what do you call that thing that collects the pasta
Shitake Mushroom, capers and black olives
Shitake Mushroom, capers and black olives
White Sauce for Pasta, with other ingredients
White Sauce for Pasta, with other ingredients
Fried Salmon Belly
Fried Salmon Belly

Pasta was immediately served after the starters. This is also like a make your own pasta because all the toppings/add-ons served can be mixed altogether and the tastes are still excellent. I am a pasta lover and although I consider myself above average in cooking pasta and sauces, it is not a reason for me not to get excited with the two pasta sauces served before me. Sauces were the common red and white, red representing the sun-dried tomato, and the white as the chicken cream.

The add-ons were black olives, capers, shitake mushroom and salmon belly. You can mix them in your pasta depending on your taste and choices. Parmesan cheese is always available.

Tarragon Tea

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I was so full I can't even finish my pasta, thanks to Tarragon Tea, it lessens the feeling of fullness so I can still make room for dessert. I found this leave really amazing, unlike other teas that I know this fresh leave can be an instant tea by adding hot water to it in a cup. It has a fresh scent and has pleasant taste.

At Sonya' Garden, It is served in a small cup but you can ask for more.

Desserts

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Moist Chocolate cakeFried Sweet Potato in SyrupMini Turon
Moist Chocolate cake
Moist Chocolate cake
Fried Sweet Potato in Syrup
Fried Sweet Potato in Syrup
Mini Turon
Mini Turon

Desserts were served along with the Tarragon tea. The sinful looking chocolate cake came from the Garden's Panaderia (bakery). Other desserts were Banana rolls with sesame seed and sweetened jackfruit, it looks like small turon (sweet banana spring rolls) and Glazed Sweet Potato. I am not a fan of chocolate cake so even if it looks so tempting, I did not try it anymore, but I ate a piece of banana rolls and a small piece of sweet potatoes. Except for the chocolate cake, the other desserts were traditional Filipino sweets.

Sonya's Garden is more than satisfying your hunger and cravings. It also offers healing touch and relaxation. I only discussed the restaurant side of Sonia's Garden, particularly the classic buffet which costs around P 683.00 ( in Philippine Peso or $12.85). There are optional dishes that you may wish to add to your buffet such as:

  • Prime Angus Ribeye Steak (Php 1,500.00)
  • Grilled Chilean Sea Bass (Php 1,200.00)
  • Chipirones en su Tinta in Olive Oil (Php 750.00)
  • Tendon Callos in Olive Oil (Php 750.00)
  • Braised Chicken with Potatoes (Php 728.00)
  • Herbed Roast Chicken (Php 554.00)

They also offer a breakfast buffet that they called "Rustic Breakfast Buffet", that costs 560.00 per head in Philippine Peso or $10.52. This breakfast buffet is available daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 am only.


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More to Enjoy at Sonya's Garden

Bed and Breakfast

If you want to just have a relaxing weekend Sonya's garden offers a bed and breakfast package. Unlike the typical cozy bedrooms, rooms at Sonya's Garden have no air- conditioning unit and television sets. Rooms have windows that show views of natures and also welcome fresh air coming inside the room. Bed and breakfast package comes with free full breakfast.

SPA

If you want to be kind to yourself try the Spa to experience the healing power of touch

Shops

You can visit the Panaderia to buy freshly baked breads, Country store for some Philippine or native stuff, Oil essesntials or the Apothecary, buy souvenirs and Coffee Table Book.


© 2012 Maria Cecilia

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    • grand old lady profile image

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      I have yet to visit Sonya's Garden but it seems to have grown through the years from when it was just a small, white cottage. I love tarragon tea. The menu looks yummy.

    • Maria Cecilia profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cecilia 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Nell sorry for late response here, oh yes I really recommend this place, hope you'll go with someone who knows the place..thanks for visiting

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      It certainly looks like a lovely place to sit and eat, and the food looked delicious! bit to far for me to travel though as I am in England, but if I ever get out there I will definitely visit! lol! thanks, nell

    • Maria Cecilia profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cecilia 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      Sidkemp thanks for your comment I wish you can visit the Philippines soon.

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      Sid Kemp 

      6 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Beautiful, tasty, and delicious - I just wish it wasn't 11,000 miles away!

    • Maria Cecilia profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cecilia 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi fordie thanks for your comment, it's really a great place..

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      fordie 

      6 years ago

      You're teasing us with all that delicous-looking food.

      Looks like a great play to stay.

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