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Bulalo at Tagaytay's Mahogany Market Bulalohan

I’ve always thought that the best bulalo in Tagaytay City are located at the fancy restaurants fronting the Taal Volcano. Boy, was I ever so wrong! I’ve heard about the bulalos being sold at one of Tagaytay’s many markets, but have no idea where it was. Little did I know that I’ve been passing through it countless of times; it was just at the Mahogany Market all along.

Carinderia Stalls at Tagaytay's Mahogany Market BulalohanHalf a day of walking around the drizzly pathways of Caleruega made some dents on our stomachs. We immediately headed towards the bulalohan area along the Nasugbu Highway to replenish our batteries but were immediately turned off by their prices (Php380.00 per bowl).

We packed up and boarded another jeepney, this time to Mahogany Market, there’s also a bulalohan strip there that’s much cheaper, although sans the view, my friend says to me.

Pinipig at Tagaytay's Mahogany Market BulalohanVendors selling knives, kakanins and espasols immediately swarmed us as we entered Mahogany’s market ground. We bought a plastic of pinipig and tried out a piece of espasol (free taste, the vendor told me); the knives, I wouldn’t have any use for, so we ignored those.

The pinipigs were great but the espasols wasn’t that good, much to the seller’s chagrin.

The Bulalohan Strip at Tagaytay's Mahogany MarketEven with the multitude of carinderias lining the bulalohan strip at Mahogany Market, the place was still packed to brimming. Although we would’ve preferred to eat at the bulalohan with the most number of customers--which means that the place is really good--we had to settle for the least occupied one since there really were too many people lining up for a bowl of that sinful bone marrow soup.
Betty's Eatery or Lyleth's Eatery at Tagaytay's Mahogany Market BulalohanWe finally settled at Lyleth’s slash Betty’s Eatery. Well, we were having a hard time knowing the real name of this carinderia since they have two posted on their boards. It looks about the same as with the other eateries in the strip; but the important thing was they have bulalo and they allowed us to haggle with them.
Sinful Bone Marrow at Tagaytay's Mahogany Market BulalohanA bowl of bulalo cost Php350.00, that’s good enough for three to four persons. But since there’s only two of us, we asked if we can have a customized order, they lowered the price down to Php200.00 but without a bone. We begged, and they let us have a one. I now officially love Lyleth’s slash Betty’s Eatery!

The bulalo was nothing short of spectacular. I haven’t had bulalo like it ever. The serving size was absolutely magnanimous. The meat was meltingly tender. The soup was the ultimate. And the bone marrow, an absolute killer. And I really mean that.
Crispy Tawilis at Tagaytay's Mahogany Market BulalohanAs if the huge bowl of bulalo wasn’t enough, we ordered one more plate of crispy tawilis—a Taal Lake delicacy. It cost Php100.00 but we asked if they serve half. They do and it was awesome! You have to eat this like a chicharon, hold one end of it, dip it down their home made sweet/sour vinegar and bite down to the end (head and all). It was so crispy; I love it like I love chicharon!
Pinipig Coffee at Tagaytay's Mahogany Market BulalohanAfter miraculously wolfing everything down, we took a breather and ordered two cups of coffee. Funny thing was, I saw one of their staff mixing pinipigs with their coffee. Aha. We just have to do that too! So we went ahead and poured some into our instants. The trick, ate said was to let the coffee make the pinipig really soft, then you spoon it like cereals.

Unfortunately, I didn’t like it that much haha.
Batangas Goto at Tagaytay's Mahogany Market BulalohanWhile having coffee, I asked ate what Gotong Batangas is as I kept seeing it on food stalls along the highway. She said they have one and they can serve us a bowl of it if we still can eat. A bowl cost Php100.00 and we asked if we can have half. Surely, she said.

And we were served with the strangest goto I’ve ever seen. It has no rice pudding and it was filled with all sorts of innards! The soup was (again) absolutely amazing and absolutely sinful! We tried a few spoonfuls before finally giving up; we didn’t want to have a heart attack on our way back to Manila!
Free Banana at Tagaytay's Mahogany Market BulalohanBefore getting up, we munched on a couple of bananas which are given free to customers to probably compensate for their now clogged arteries. I don’t like bananas that much, but I took a few bites just to be on the safe side. I’m feeling up my nape at each passing moment, lol!
A Bown of Bulalo Soup at Tagaytay's Mahogany Market BulalohanI’ve been eating bulalo at Tagaytay for the longest time and I can say that it’s only now that I’ve tasted what a real Tagaytay Bulalo is. The bulalohan at Mahogany Market may not have the best amenities and may not be as posh as the restaurants near the highway, but I can truly say that the best bulalo in Tagaytay doesn’t need to have a view of the famous Taal Volcano. You won’t need any of those superficialities here anyways. At Mahogany Market, it’s gonna be only you and your steaming bowl of bulalo.


Mahogany Market Bulalohan
Betty’s Eatery / Lyleth’s Eatery
Address: Mahogany Market, Mahogany Ave., Brgy. Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City, Cavite
Contact Number: (0921) 460-0097
Open Hours: 5:00am to 8:00pm

GPS Coordinates: +14° 6' 19.30", +120° 55' 59.00"



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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Saturday, August 10, 2013

38 comments:

  1. Nakaka-highblood naman ang mga pictures ng post na ito :))

    Bulalo is my top favorite Filipino dish! Magaling magluto papa ko nito at yung bone marrow talagang sinasagad ko hehe :D Have to go to Mahogany Market soon. Laging mabilisan ang punta ko sa Tagaytay eh

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    1. Di ko kaya bone marrow Mica, grabe lang sa kolesterol! :P

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  2. So... It was a mistake clicking this link on a rainy night *drooling*. Nakakamiss Mahogany, it's been ages since we last went :(

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  3. pinipig is love! isa sa paborito ko to talaga...

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  4. anong oras po nagsasara yung mga kainan sa mahogany market? thank you.

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    1. Hi Jonry, sorry I wasn't able to get their opening and closing time. I'll try and post it here next time I visit Tagaytay :)

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    2. Our store closes at around 8pm and nag-o-open ng 5am po. :)

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  6. Your pictures are sooo tempting!! I'm sure gonna have a bowl of bulalo and goto on my next visit. I'll be there on the 17th and I won't miss mahogany market this time. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. No problem Bonsai! We just came back ourselves yesterday, their bulalo is still a winner :)

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  7. Hi. This is Lyleth. Ang weird lang. I just wanna say thank you for giving us such a nice review. I heard about you sa mom ko kasi nagkwento nga sya sa akin and isearch ko daw, ngayon ko lang naisip to do that. Sorry sa nakakalitong signage, kilala na kasi yung maliit naming eatery as Betty's dati pa so we decided na isama na din sya. Heheh. Ghad, kahit ako nagkecrave sa bulalo sa pagbasa sa review mo. Again, salamat and we're very grateful. Balik kayo again sa Lyleth's. :)

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    1. Hi Lyleth! Salamat for serving us the best bulalo I've ever tried in Tagaytay, not to mention na panalo din ang tawilis nyo! And the price, super affordable din! See you next time we visit Tagaytay :)

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  8. Dito rin kmi lagi kumakain ng bulalo sa Betty's coz aside sa masarap na ung food, nkaka discount pa plus factor din ung good customer service nila, good job! This monday were planning to go to tagaytay ulit, we'll see u Lyleth/Betty's, hopefully mkadiscount ulit =)

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    1. More than the food, they have a very good customer service indeed, ang babait nila dyan. And the discount, yes! :D

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  9. WOW! this blog is suuuuper helpful (plus, it's HONEST :) ). We will surely visit Mahogany Market when we visit Tagaytay.

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    1. Thank you! Be sure to try their crispy tawilis besides the bulalo :)

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  10. Would like to ask if the market also close at 8pm? or just the store of Betty’s Eatery / Lyleth’s Eatery? Thank you. Would pass by tonight, hoping to eat dinner there. :)

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    1. I think the market closes far earlier than 8pm, the eateries close much later

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  11. Hi, Lyleth here. Peram ng picture mo ha? Lagay ko sa fb page ng eatery namin and I'll share this na din there. Thanks. :D Kelan ulit visit nyo dito sa Tagaytay? Lumipat na kami ng pwesto, btw, sa bagong building sa Mahogany, 2nd floor. :D

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    1. Sure go ahead, wala pang plans to visit Tagaytay as of the moment, pero we'll contact you as soon as maisipan namin bumalik :)

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  12. Hi. How to go there kung mag commute po?

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    1. Galing kayo saan if ever? If nasa Tagaytay na kayo, kapag nasa Olivarez Plaza kayo, sakay lang kayo ng any bus na may signage na NASUGBU/ALFONSO/MENDEZ and sabihin sa konduktor na sa bababa kayo sa Mahogany Market. Kita-kits!!!

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    2. Hi po, what if galing po sa sky ranch mam? Pano po kme makakapunta jan and how much po ang pamasahe?

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    3. From Sky Ranch, I think you'd need to ride a tricyle. Or you can just walk, it's relatively close :)

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  13. Hello po open po kaya ang mahogany market ng dec 23 or 26? Mamasyal po kasi kami ng fiancee ko pero tight Ng budget namin at according sa blog niyo po mas makakasave kami kung sa mahogany market kami kakain. Please need your help po. Thank you for posting

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    1. Sorry for the late reply, were you able to check if they were indeed open on December 26?

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  14. Helpful blog post, as always...and forever <3

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    1. Haha, salamat Reye! Nag-bulalo kayo sa Tagaytay?

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  15. I wasn't sure of eating at the Mahogany Market until I read this post. Now, I'm convinced! See you Lileth/ Betty's on Sunday!!! Me and hubby can't wait!!! ��

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  16. Im looking this up

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    1. The Mahogany Market bulaluhan has recently been renovated, the stalls are much more organized and cleaner now :)

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  17. How much is the transpo from caleruega to mahogany market? and ano po sasakyan and landmark?

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    1. I think around PHP10.00 or so, tell the driver to drop you off at Mahogany Market, they all know where that is.

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  18. wow this is very timely! I'm on my way to Tagaytay with my family tomorrow I will surely dropby:) I wonder if they accept Senior Citizen discount here..

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  19. wow this is very timely! I'm on my way to Tagaytay with my family tomorrow I will surely dropby:) I wonder if they accept Senior Citizen discount here..

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