A Taste of Mediterranean Dishes at Lemon And Olives
It is not my first time to try out Lemon and Olives in Baguio City, however it is my first time to bring my family at this Greek restuarant. It took several tries because either we chanced upon going there on a Monday where the restaurant is closed (However I heard they are now open daily so that’s good news) most of the time they are full. Anyway after several tries me and my family were able to finally dine at this place.
What Should You Try
First timers wouldn’t want to commit the mistake of ordering something that they wouldn’t appreciate thus giving them an unpleasant experience. If you want to be on the safe side like what we did, we ordered their Gyros, Souvlaki and their Baklava Cheesecake. Why did we order them? Well because this is what I had before and I can safely say these are delicious!
Lemon and Olives Gyros
Gyros [Greek pronounciation Jiros] are meat cooked in vertical rotisserie, the meat could either be chicken, pork, beef or lamb. The meat is wrapped on a flat bread smothered in sliced cucumber, onions and tzatziki sauce. If that sounds familiar yes it sounds like our Panagbenga Session Road in Bloom regular, the Shawarma. The flatbread used by Lemon and Olives seems like a homemade flatbread not the store-bought pita bread. Their Gyros as of this time is priced starting at P100 for the Chicken version.
Lemon and Olives Souvlaki
At first impression, the Souvlaki looked like an open-faced Gyro. Although with more sauces and veggies on the side. Souvlaki is actually a popular Greek food consisting of meat served with garnishes like onions, fennel and tomatoes. It also comes with different sauces. At Lemon and Olives the Souvlaki is also served with a side of fries. The meat is served on top of two layers of cut-up flatbreads.
Lemon and Olives Baklava Cheesecake
Traditionally, Baklava is a Greek sweet dish that is made of filo that is filled with chopped nuts. These are held together by a sweet syrup or what is commonly used is honey. Lemon and Olives took the flavors of Baklava and turned it into a cheesecake and the taste is just delicious, the perfect finale to a sumptuous meal.
We Ordered These Too at Lemon and Olives
Because I wanted to try something else, I ordered the Greek style spaghetti. It was served in a hot cast iron pan. The top is smothered with melted mozzarella. The herb tomato sauce made it taste like spaghetti, not your sweet variety though which for me is better than the sweet one. Underneath comes with a surprise as there is a generous serving of beef chunks which is just so easy to chew, melts in your mouth, if you would.
For starters you should also try their Crispy Zucchini, flavored with herbs and baked to crsipy melt in your mouth perfections. That is all I can say about that.
Loukoumades is a dessert which, for me would be my least favorite. Loukoumades is a dessert made of fried dough which is sprinkled with cinnamon and drizzled with nuts and syrup or honey. The dough has no flavor since its flavor would come from the honey, cinnamon and nuts. I just wish it was soaked longer in honey though.
Would I Recommend Lemon And Olives?
Of course! Lemon and Olives is, I believe another restaurant in Baguio City which you should add to your itinerary when you are in the City of Pines. the food is not only good the place is also an eye candy! The interior is homey and the veranda gives you an awesome view of the Cordillera mountains.
Lemon and Olives Address: #26 Outlook Drive Baguio City, Philippines
Telephone No.: (074) 442 4079 / 0995 995 6732
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