We’ve never been this excited to feature a restaurant. We’ve been going to this restaurant for a few weeks now, and we feel that it’s not getting the exposure that it deserves. It’s easy to see why not a lot of people know about it yet. It’s located in quite a hidden location. It’s not something that you’d discover on your daily drives.
Well, we’re here to do you a favor. Lipa City, we’d like to introduce you to The Beehive Farm and Kitchen.
About The Beehive
The Beehive is a restaurant owned by Joel Katigbak. He’s always been a proponent of the beekeeping industry. In fact, he’s one of the pillars of the local beekeepers cooperative. He has a beehive farm in his property in Tambo and he’s been welcoming guests there for years. His guests have always recommended that he serves food. We’re thankful that he listened.
The Beehive Farm and Kitchen is in his house-turned restaurant on the same property. It’s an old house, but still very impressive. It kinds of reminds you of majestic old houses in Baguio, especially since it’s surrounded by trees.
The concept gives you that Tagaytay feels. You know how in Tagaytay there are “secret” restaurants that are only known through word of mouth? It’s kind of the same here.
The kitchen is headed by Chef Kim Endaya. I stalked his Facebook account before visiting and was impressed by his credentials. He’s had some good experience before, so we were pretty excited at what he was going to serve us. He didn’t disappoint.
The space is spacious and airy. Here are some pictures:
About the Food
The Beehive serves American cuisine with a twist. The twist is most of their dishes are infused with honey – whether directly or in the sauce. Being a beehive farm, you can bet that they use raw and legitimate honey. They had us try and compare commercial ones from real ones. The difference is astounding.
Anyway going back to the food, they have appetizers, rice meals, pasta dishes, sandwiches and desserts, so they basically have everything.
For this visit, we started with the Onion Ring Tower. We were surprised at how big the onion rings are. The first bite told us that they’re not just breaded; they were battered. The succeeding bites told us that it’s going to be a favorite. Believe me. I had 5 big ones.
Make sure to consume them while they’re hot! They’re crunchiest that way.
For the main dishes, we started with the Honey Back Ribs. You get an impressive portion of back ribs, choice of rice or mashed potato and buttered grilled vegetables. The ribs are very tender. You can use a spoon to eat it. If I wasn’t alternating between eating and taking pictures, I would have used my hands so I can lick off the tangy barbecue sauce.
We were also served with the Beehive Burger. Now, this is an impressive burger. It uses a homemade quarter pound beef patty seasoned and grilled to perfection, and packed with caramelized onion, lettuce, tomato, homemade burger sauce, sliced cheese and cheese sauce for good measure.
Oh, and what do you see?
Yep, that’s crispy bacon made crispier.
It’s also served with a good mound of homemade potato fries. It’s perfectly crunchy and complements the juicy burger well.
My wife already tried the roast beef before and loved it, so I had to try it myself this time.
The beef is tender and not that salty. We loved the mushroom pepper gravy that it came with. No wonder it came with about a cup and a half of rice. Sabaw pa lang ulam na.
For dessert, we tried the Honeycomb Fried Ice Cream. Tingin pa lang makasalanan na sa diet. It has fried ice cream, real honeycomb, mallows, rice crisp and choco syrup. Every bite is worth it. It’s my first time to try real honeycomb. Loved it!
We washed everything down with this blue raspberry drink. Refreshing!
More Dishes to Try
We’ve tried several dishes, but we know we’re just starting to scratch the surface. We have yet to try some of their other appetizing dishes. We can’t help but look at other tables to see what they’re having. Of course, we’ll be back!
Come visit with your family and friends! You’ll love its laidback feel as you enjoy their food.
The Beehive Farm and Kitchen
Address: 17 Purok 2 Tambo Lipa, Batangas (coming from bayan, watch out for the small road right before the building where BDO Tambo and ABS-CBN are)
Operating Hours: 11:00AM – 9:00PM