Review: Fire Lake Grill

Tagaytay is a quick getaway from the city for us Metro Manila urbanites. In less than 2 hours travel time, we are rewarded with breathtaking scenery, cool weather, and good eats. I’ve recently discovered one of the best eats in Tagaytay, nay, the Philippines and it is right smack in the middle of Tagaytay City. It was a pleasant surprise because I ate at Fire Lake Grill by accident when the restaurant in front of it was full. I thank my lucky stars that it was.


Fire Lake Grill restaurant
Modern interior

Fire Lake Grill is located in Cliff House Tagaytay which is a serene complex with an American feel to it. Fire Lake Grill customers may choose to dine inside the restaurant which has huge bay windows for unhindered view of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake. Those who want to enjoy the breeze may eat al fresco.

Fire Lake Grill restaurant
Huge windows

The view from Fire Lake Grill
The view from Fire Lake Grill

Rating: ★★★★☆


Chef and owner Paul Huang has taught his staff well. All of them are courteous and friendly. The service is efficient although customers really have to wait for the steak to get cooked. The food is worth the wait though.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Food and Price

Some might find the restaurant pricey but I say every centavo is worth it. I ordered the House Iced Tea which I really loved and 220 grams US Angus Ribeye. I have to say Fire Lake Grill’s steak is the best steak I’ve ever tasted in the Philippines. It is very tender and the light but tasty marinade enhances the taste of the Angus beef. I’m not that much into steak but Fire Lake Grill’s make me want to come back for more. The 220 grams isn’t so bad as well. The size was just right for me.

House Iced Tea
House Iced Tea (P75)
US Angus Ribeye
US Angus Ribeye 220 grams (P890)

Steak size in proportion to my size
Steak size in proportion to my size

My friend Eloisa ordered the Fetuccini pasta in black truffle cream sauce and with Italian garlic sausages and shitake mushrooms. Of course I had to taste it. The truffle cream sauce blends well with the sausages and mushrooms. The taste wasn’t too strong nor too light.

Fettuccine pasta in black truffle cream sauce with Italian garlic sausages and shitake mushrooms (?320)
Fettuccine pasta in black truffle cream sauce with Italian garlic sausages and shitake mushrooms (P320)

Prices are subject to government taxes and 10% service charge.

Rating: ★★★★★

Fire Lake Grill
Fire Lake Grill

I was able to talk to Fire Lake Grill owner and chef Paul Huang and I was urging him to open a branch in Metro Manila. However, Mr. Huang said he doesn’t have immediate plans for another branch because he wants to focus on Tagaytay and I guess he loves living there. Too bad for me. I really have to go to Tagaytay to eat their steak again.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Fire Lake Grill
Unit 3 Cliffhouse Tagaytay
General Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Cavite
(046) 4132069 and 0927-9144604


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