Lemon and Olives: The Best Greek Resto in the PH?

Lemon and Olives: The Best Greek Resto in the PH?

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Lemon and Olives is a new house-turned-restaurant in Baguio City along Outlook Drive that specializes in traditional Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. The location can be very romantic and family friendly. There are several tables that offer al-fresco dining with a breathtaking view of enchanting pine trees and the Cordillera mountains – quite rare nowadays most especially because the city is already congested. There are no establishments and restaurants nearby (except for one resto) and visitors usually come to this place intentionally rather than just by luck or by passing through.

Lemon and Olives Greek Taverna 

Address: #26 Outlook Drive Baguio City 2600, Philippines
Operating Hours:  11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Facebook Account: https://web.facebook.com/LemonandOlivesPH
Contact Number: +63 74 442 4079 / +63 995 995 6732

Since it’s kinda’ hard to get a cab from here, people usually go by bringing their own cars. There’s enough parking space for almost 10 cars and the parking attendants are always ready to accommodate visitors.

 

Lot’s of hanging plants greet visitors at the entrance.

 

Most of the spaces get a fair amount of sunlight from the outside. The furniture collection was quite interesting and the interiors are a fusion of Filipino and Greek in nature.

 

This impressionist painting of an old man with a dog captured our attention. It really felt homey inside Lemon and Olives.



It’s nice to eat in this al fresco area. It’s perfect for families and romantic dates as well. The cold weather of Baguio city and the fresh air helps set the perfect mood for a sumptuous lunch. I’m not sure why but this kind of ambiance greatly affects the appetite of people – the taste of the food seems to be enhanced by the fantastic view and cool weather.

 

The view from the restaurant: pine trees, cordillera mountains and some homes in the neighborhood. Oh so peaceful!

 

Greek Salad – PHP 160.00

Only the best and the freshest vegetables from Baguio: crunchy lettuce leaves, tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, onions, olives, drizzled with imported olive oil and topped with generous amounts of Feta cheese.

 

We enjoyed eating it while they were preparing the other main dishes that we ordered. As you can see from the photo, indeed the veggies are fresh and the Feta cheese blended with the salad perfectly. We really love their Greek salad.



Lemon and Olives Standard Lamb Rack (served with Greek Salad) – PHP 990.00

This signature lamb dish was superb! The meat was tender and tasty. The fresh Mediterranean flavors and spices were evident. From now on, this is my favourite Greek dish of all time.

 

Moussaka– PHP 240.00

Lemon and Olives Moussaka is the best Moussaka dish I’ve ever tasted. The balance of the eggplant, ground beef and potatoes was perfect. The light bechamel sauce was of course, de rigueur. We couldn’t wait to ask for more.

 

Greek Lemon Pilaf – PHP 40.00

The light flavour of the rice was an excellent pair for the lamb dish that we ate. We loved the zesty aftertaste.



A vintage bicycle near the restaurant entrance.

 

At the basement of Lemon and Olives is another set of spaces for more groups. The fireplace is always available for cold nights and the interiors are impressive.

 

Lots of wooden furniture. This area is perfect for events like seminars, birthday parties and family gatherings.

 

Lots of vintage charms: a classic model of the old telephone, a typewriter and silverware.



The combination of yellow and pink paint helps produce a very energetic and positive aura.

 

If you are a regular visitor of our website, you know that we also review the restroom which we think MUST also be maintined and well taken care of. After all, we spend our intimate moments here before/during/after meals. Furthermore, the condition of the restroom reflects how well hygiene is observed in an establishment. The restroom of Lemon and Olives looks extremely clean and attractive in this photo and in reality, what you see is what you get. The colors were amazing and the smell is OK. I would love to do my business in here anytime of the day. LOL!

 

Lemon and Olives is a new restaurant that offers a new kind of European and Greek inspired gastronomic adventure to Filipinos in Baguio City. It’s a hidden charm that people will intentionally visit for great food and a unique space to get back to nature through sightseeing, eating, drinking and good conversations. If you are visiting Baguio City, make sure you will visit them. It’s better than the Greek restaurants that we usually find in Manila.

PS – Thanks to our friend Michael for recommending this place. Such a lovely restaurant!



Note:
This review is the opinion of the author based on actual experience. The establishments may have changed in terms of ownership, prices, decor, service, food preparation and food presentation after the posting of this review. This is not meant to influence the reader’s decision.

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