In a city full of strawberries, pine trees, organic food, and brewed coffee, finding a restaurant that serves authentic Greek cuisine can be quite intimidating (and oddly satisfying). Fortunately, on our recent Baguio escapade, our hunger brought us to Outlook Drive where Lemon and Olives is.
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Upon entering, the newly opened restaurant will greet you with its enthusiastic staff, Baguio-classic rustic interiors, and refreshing dining areas that are big enough to accommodate about 150 guests. While their indoor dining area is a good choice to consider, we suggest you dine outside for a scenic dining experience. The inner Greek god in you will rejoice, we promise. The restaurant also has a function hall on its ground floor that holds birthdays, Christmas parties, bridal showers, and other kinds of celebrations. Adjacent to the function hall is an under construction circular garden where bonfire sessions and other fun activities will be held once operational. And for the car owners, fret not because Lemon and Olives has enough parking slots to house your baby.
Meanwhile, as the name suggests, Lemon and Olives offers everything Greek – perfectly cooked with Greece’s main ingredients: lemon and olives. It was born out of its owner’s travel inspirations, and good relationship with the Greek Chef Takish. He prepares and brilliantly produces authentic Greek food in a span of 5 to 10 minutes for everyone to enjoy. Chef Takish also shares that he wants the Filipinos to enjoy what his country has to offer. Needless to say, the Greek gods found home in Baguio with some of their must-try dishes such as Greek salad, lamb rack, steaks, black Angus beef, and gustatory mix of Poikilia, which, by the way, are all fresh from Greece.
The Poikilia, a platter of chicken, beef or pork, saganaki cheese, Greek village sausage, spicy soutzouki sausage, tzatsiki dip, and pita bread is the best starter to kick off your meal, followed by a hearty bowl of Greek salad with a fresh, crisp bed of lettuce, tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, onion topped with trappings of feta cheese, olive oil, and Greek olives. After which, immediately grub on their signature lamb rack. The select Greek herbs infused in it are so good, not to mention the tender meat, they will transport you to the Mediterranean.
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Lemon and Olives is located at 26 Outlook Dr S, Baguio, 2600 Benguet. Open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM.
All photos by Vaneza Ibasco and Lysa Aseron