Thai food has always been a favorite of mine. The balance of sweet, sour, and spicy (I know, you are drooling already) is what makes it so special; even a bit similar to our classic lutong bahay. Tamarind juice, Kaffir lime leaves, Thai basil, brown sugar, and Thai chilies are ingredients commonly found, oftentimes in combination, in Thai cuisine.
Right after the arch welcoming us to Alfonso, we turned right into a small, dimly-lit road. For those familiar with Marsha Adams, Lime and Basil is located along the same road but about 200 meters further down. Traveling at night, I have to admit that I was a tad concerned for our safety. It didn’t help that when we were told that we had reached our destination, a big wooden gate was what faced us. Thankfully, after blowing our horn (and texting our friends of our whereabouts), someone opened the gate and the beautiful Lime and Basil made its introduction.
“To the food, Jason! To the food!” – All readers everywhere
Fine. This IS a food blog, after all. 🙂
The Lime and Basil Salad (fried organic egg, basil, lettuce, peanuts, fried shallots, tamarind dressing), one of their trademark dishes, was slightly underwhelming. It didn’t make its mark in our mouths nor our memories. To be fair, after starting with excellent spring rolls, I find it hard to think of something off the top of my head that would be remotely as satisfying.
The Bagoong Rice (egg, shallots, green mango, shrimp paste). Man, was this good! Listed as good for 2-3, we liked it so much that 2 people was enough to nearly devour the whole dish. To be honest, if this was the only thing we ordered, a little dessert to top it off and we could call it a night. Toeing the line between quantity and quality, we were left wanting for neither. Lime and Basil’s version of this Thai staple did the traditional Khao Kluk Kapi justice.
It is not an exaggeration when I say that our Lime and Basil experience was one of the best dining escapades we have ever had. Considering the distance (past Tagaytay), the time of day (evening), and the journey (slightly scary), it is a testament to how utterly glorious the experience was that we enjoyed eating at Lime and Basil immensely. The service was great (it might be because we were the only people there), the restroom clean, the decor authentic. Our time at Lime and Basil was not only a meal; it was a gastronomic epiphany.
We highly recommend lovers of Thai food, beautiful scenery, or adventure and travel to give this place a try. We give this recommendation with full confidence, and we ourselves are planning to re-visit Lime and Basil sooner rather than later. Let this serve as proof that hidden gems still do exist; we sometimes just have to be willing to take the (dimly-lit) road less traveled.
Are you a fan of Thai Cuisine? Have you eaten at Lime and Basil? Did this entry make you depressed about what you had for lunch? Please feel free to leave any (positive, hopefully) of your comments or suggestions! 🙂