Did You Know That There's a Restaurant in Masungi Georeserve?
Masungi Georeserve is known for its discovery trail that lets you go through the Georeserve with its manmade courses. But if you just want to have a peaceful time away from the chaotic city, Masungi Georeserve recently opened Silayan-their dining restaurant, open to the public, just last month. Silayan, which means "to see or to view", overlooks the beautiful Sierra Madre mountain range, Laguna de Bay, and the Metro Manila Skyline.
Silayan's dishes are inspired by the ever-changing local landscape of Baras, Rizal-which means that their menu frequently changes depending on the harvest within the Georeserve or from what the local farmers, producers, and the indigenous people can yield.
Start with the complimentary appetizer consisting of flatbread with wild honey.
This creamy squash soup has tasty oyster mushrooms. Yum!
Such a pretty salad! It has candied cashew nuts, green mango dressing, and impatiens flowers that add a pop of color.
The Double Chocolate Mango Pie has semi-sweet dark chocolate on one side, while the other has white chocolate and garnished with dill flowers.
You have three different menus to choose from-the lila, pula, and puti - all of which are inspired by the colors of each dish. Each menu set comes with a complimentary hearty bowl of soup, fresh salad, dessert-and a half-bottle of red or white wine for two people.
The colorful Sous Vide chicken dish that consists of the warm purple of the ube and the bright green of the pepper sauce.
The Lila (P1,400) highlights the 69° Sous Vide Chicken with Mashed Ube and Pepper Sauce. The lila comes from the lilac color of their mashed ube, which they have sourced from upland communities. While the pepper sauce and the basil come from Masungi's greenhouse.
The red, warm center of the rib-eye steak swims in an ocean of yellows coming from the puree, corn, and garlic.
This plate of maya-maya is seared to perfection.
The Pula menu (P1,800) has a Rib-Eye Steak with Sweet Potato Puree and Burnt Onion as the start of the meal. The tender medium rare rib-eye steak is where the pula comes from. The soft mushrooms of this dish are harvested by KLAUD, a women's organization from Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal. While the Puti menu (P1,600) features the Seared Maya-Maya with Squash Puree and Fish Ravioli. The puti, or the whiteness, comes from the fresh maya-maya.
Silayan has a variety of unique herbal teas that have numerous health benefits.
You can enjoy these dishes with their specialty drinks. They have the turmeric and cucumber tea, kayumanis tea, blue ternate and cosmos tea, and local coffee (P100). You can also pair it with a half-bottle of red or white wine (P600) or their special bottle of local pink wine (P985) which is made from dragonfruit.
A rainy and peaceful afternoon in the Silayan restaurant as the fog from the rain envelops the surroundings.
Silayan is a feast for the senses. If you want to have a day trip from Manila, the drive, and the meal is worth your time.
Masungi Georeserve's Silayan is located at Garden Cottages, Kilometer 47 Marcos Highway, Baras, Rizal. For inquiries and reservations, you can email [email protected] or call 0995-186-9911