When was the last time you drove around without any destination in mind?
This happened to O and I a few months ago, not knowing where to go. Just a random road trip of being a passenger and O being the driver on his birthday.
Took out any plans in mind and let the wind take us. From Manila to Cavite, took a turn to Tagaytay, we found our way to a place called Camp Benjamin.
Inside Camp Benjamin, a center for retreats and team-building activities, we found the one and only restaurant called Mon’s Resto. In the middle of lunch and dinner, we took ourselves to dine in at the tranquil and serene restaurant.
Few meters away, also inside Camp Benjamin, there lies WIN Farm that produces natural and organic ingredients. With a farm nearby, a number of steps away, Mon’s Resto is able to achieve its farm-to-plate concept. The healthy restaurants aims to serve palatable selections, pleasing to the taste and health.

The Food:

Pancit Buko (Php 220)
Rate: 4/5
Don’t forget this was during O’s birthday. So we had to order a plate of birthday noodles, pinoy style. Pancit Buko, also the specialty of the house, contains fresh buko meat with an assortment of sautéed shrimps, squid, vegetables and toppings of garlic chips and spring onion. Our very first time to try this kind of delicacy.
Adobong Manok sa Tablea (Php 250)
Rate: 5/5
All-time best seller at Mon’s Resto, Adobong Manok sa Tablea! Stewed chicken in tablea served with caramelized onion and garlic bits. Without any doubts, I had to try this one-of-a-kind tablea despite the time of day, ‘merienda’ time.

Harmonious blend of bitter tablea chocolate and stewed chicken. This dish alone defends our spontaneous ride to Mon’s Resto. What a wonderful discovery!

Bibingkrep (Php 160)
Rate: 5/5
Freshly ground rice with coconut cream drizzled with pandan sauce. Soft and thick texture that had the same chewy bites of Chinese tikoy. Bibingkrep’s pandan sauce had the balanced sweetness I always look for in a dessert. I won’t be surprised to find out this is also one of their best-sellers.
All the delicacies on our table with an eye-level view like this. A sight of nature, green grass and trees, filling our afternoon with romance. O and I were the only guests at Camp Benjamin, making it seem like we rented the place all for us – but no. Hehe. We love the idea of not planning anything on that day, riding the spontaneity train, but had faith it was going to be a great day.
Just to clear things, both of us are very organized with our own schedules. We make sure things are accomplished on time and strictly follows time, despite heavy traffic that limits us. Although, we leave room for being spontaneous and adding fun to what we do.
So foodie, have you tried Mon’s Resto at Camp Benjamin?
What do you think of this place?
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Location: Alfonso-Maragondon Road, Brgy. Taywanak-Ilaya, Alfonso, Cavite City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Operating Hours: 8:00AM-9:00PM
Contact: (+63 917) 957-3060
Website: http://campbenjamin.com.ph/monsresto/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CampBenjamin
Budget: PHP200++

Food 9/10
Ambiance 9/10
Service 9/10
Cost 9/10
Overall 9/10