Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna was my family’s latest discovery (if you notice, we’ve been exploring our neighbour province little by little). It’s primarily a small developing community, but is also a family dining and sight-seeing spot with a few commercial establishments such as restaurants and a man-made lake full of kois. My brother who’s taking a few days off for the holidays treated us for lunch there last Monday, at Conti’s. Aside from Conti’s, there are other restaurants there such as Italianni’s, Crisostomo, Yellow Cab, etc. Just check out their website at http://www.nuvalievoliving.com.
To get to Nuvali, one must take the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road, passing through the Greenfield City. In our case, we came from Batangas so we took the Eton City Exit going to the Greenfield City then to Nuvali. Because it was a holiday, we were expecting the place to be jam-packed, so we made a reservation in Conti’s prior to our arrival. Solenad is the specific commercial area in Nuvali where the Lakeside Evozone, the lakeside area could be found. When we got to Nuvali, the huge parking lot was almost full, indicating that there are lots of families also there to enjoy the holiday. Good thing, we made the reservation because people were waiting in line at Conti’s when we arrived.
It was my first time to eat at Conti’s. I think this restaurant has reasonable prices, considering its quality of service and food taste. Everything we ordered came with rice and side dishes, at less than Php300 each. Bottomless ice drinks were at Php75. I liked the Salmon Salpicao that I ordered. It had lots of garlic, and apple potato salad as its side dish. Later, we ordered a Mini Mango Bravo for dessert. “Mini” seemed to be not a fitting description for this cake, because it’s about 7 inches tall and 6 inches in diameter. After satisfying our hungry stomachs, we went out to take a walk beside the small lake, let the kids play around, and of course, to take pictures.
There were noticeably lots of large kois in the lake that swarm on the fish food being fed by visitors. The kids seemed to enjoy the sight of large tummy fishes jumping on each other (I also enjoyed it, too). There were also boats that can be rented so people could take a tour around the place through the lake. I read that bicycles could also be rented in this place. Anyway, my family was not in the mood for doing those things. We were in a hurry because we needed to drive to Manila and try not to catch sunset so my father could still see the road clearly.
Overall, I enjoyed the family-friendliness of the place. My parents didn’t seem to like it there. They said “Oh, so that’s all we could see there; just a lake and some fishes.” I said I didn’t really expect anything spectacular. If I needed to see something else, there would probably be another place in Laguna for that. For me, the ambience in Solenad, Nuvali is still something different, where one could enjoy dining with the view of the lake outside. The only thing I didn’t like was the restrooms. I don’t know if all establishments there do not have restrooms like Conti’s, because it was such a huge disappointment to go outside and fall in a long line.