Friday, August 31, 2018

Lime and Basil, A Hidden Thai Resto in Tagaytay

It's every gourmand's dream to taste the world one bite at a time, but sometimes it's stays at that , as a dream.

One thing great about social media is knowing the trend in food and finding out where to find them.  And the world seemed a little smaller and manageable. And you don't have to spend so much to taste and experience  the things in your bucket list, like going to Thailand to eat Thai food.

Asian food have been becoming famous around the world and the claim of Thai's as the most famous cuisine around the world seemed to prevail. There had been a lot of restaurants serving Thai in the country, in Manila even and I have been privy of this.

But when I tried Thai Queen in Arkipelago, it made me really appreciate Thai food some more.

Nothing beats, fresh ingredients prepared with simple standards and making sure that health and flavor goes hand and hand.

That's why I made sure to have Thai food and have my husband agree with me on that notion, when we had our long weekend staycation in Tagaytay, last week.

The place to discover is Lime and Basil.

It is located along J. Rizal Street at Barangay Sikat, Tagaytay City, the street where two unnamed secret go-to place in Tagaytay are.  Both in my next go-to place, Marcia Adams and Atelier de Clotilde.  And boy, was I the happiest upon realizing this, I almost decided to stay longer in Tagaytay, only if our kids have gone with us.  So, till next time J. Rozal St. of Tagaytay.

BTW, parking is way easier and manageable here.  The place is huge and you can also go around to see their herb garden.

Upon entering the gated vicinity, you'll the garden already has a tent to accommodate more diners in the garden, with wooden sets of tables and chairs arranged accordingly warmly enveloped with lovely garden plants.

The place is typical of a country home, with a huge garden upfront and a quaint house with a landing veranda surrounding it.  I can sense that this used to be just a home transformed in what it is now.  Both inside and outside of the building were filled with tables and chairs, signaling the dining traffic they have been now accustomed to.  I remember when it was still being discovered, only a few guest can be served, not it had grown to a  really big restaurant, where people  with not mind waiting for their turn to be comforted by their food.

I was glad to be able to reserve a seat for me and my husband.  It's way better to call ahead, at least a day ahead for you to get good seats.  I called the night before, wishing for a luck, as I knew it might be hard to get one as it was Sunday weekend when we went.  Sure enough, there were a lot of guests waiting to be served.

We were seated near the door on the veranda near the store.

If I hadn't prevented myself, I could have bought some good stuff for the kitchen, and that's not going to make the hubby happy.

Laura's Yard, their in-house store.

Songkran Edible Garden, behind the restaurant.

Loved the bowl of Yam Som O, their version of Thai Pomelo Salad

The pomelo, chopped chicken meat and shrimp is lightly coated with Thai herbs and dressing.
We love the dressing as well which I guessed to be a mix of sunflower oil, lime juice, fish sauce, chili, ginger and sugar. 

You have to prepare your tummy as serving is for 3 to 4.  We, however, were able to swipe out the bowl of salad.

Lunch were a huge plate of Vegetable rice and Pia Som Rod.

Pia Som Rod is a huge whole Tilapia fried to crisp and  smothered with a tangy tamarind sauce, topped with crispy shallots and fried Thai Basil.

I wished I had order at least one dessert but I forgot to leave room for it as we tried to finish of the fish.

Love the experience as the staff were very good too, with the place romantic and reminiscent of our grandparents property in Bohol.

Lime and Basil Thai Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 


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