Zomato Tagaytay Food Crawl Second Stop: Lime and Basil Thai Restaurant

The second stop of our Zomato Food Crawl was held at the Lime and Basil Thai Restaurant, tucked away along Sicat Road in a residential area off the Aguinaldo Highway on the way to Mountain Ridge.

Surprisingly, despite the location and the rainy weather, it was still filled with families who want to enjoy a more exotic cuisine for lunch.

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Its grounds are surrounded with greenery and garden decor with an Asian, Zen-like feel. Sadly, due to the rains, we were not able to dine outside (but we did hold our flat-lays there, though).  It would have been quite enjoyable to feast on the Thai dishes while enjoying the refreshing Tagaytay breeze.

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

The resto’s interiors also has a distinctive Asian decor, from the bric-a-bracs that line the walls, the proliferation of indoor greenery, and the colorful accessories that accent the place.

Some items in one of the inner rooms are also for sale.  These include small mortar and pestle sets, decorative jars, local raw wild honey and more.

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Thai cuisine is characterized by the intricate balance of five flavors: sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy.  An emphasis is placed on the strong aromatic elements and a spicy edge.  These flavors came into play with the dishes served to our group which included:

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Fresh Spring Rolls (Php270). Rolled herbs, carrots, cabbage, tofu and noodles topped with a sweet chile relish.  A hit for those who want to eat something light, fresh and healthy!

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Tom Yum Goong (Php410).  The dish’s name translates to “lemongrass shrimp soup.”  It is a hot and sour soup with large shrimps.  It is reminiscent of the Pinoy sinigang but with more complex flavors owing to the herbs and chilis mixed in.

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Lime and Basil Salad (Php340).  The resto’s namesake salad contains fried egg, basil, lettuce, peanuts and shallots lightly doused with a sour tamaring dressing.  I find it a good palate cleanser after tasting the more flavorful dishes.

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Stir-Fried Chicken with Cashews (Php380). Sauteed bits of chicken cooked with cashew nuts in a salty sweet sauce.

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Kao Pad Saparod (Php360).  Fried rice served in a bowl made of pineapple which adds some sweetness to the salty rice.

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Pad Thai (Php350).  A sweet-savory noodle dish, most commonly served as street food in Thailand.

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Kaeng Deng Kha Moo (Php770).  The Thai version of the Pinoy Crispy Pata with a red curry sauce.  The crackling skin was very crispy while the meat was quite tender.  It went well with the pineapple rice.

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Kao Neiw Mamaung (Php220).  A beautifully presented dish, it consists of glutinous rice, coconut milk and luscious slivers of ripe mango.  It is doused with condensed milk for some added sweetness.

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

Thai Iced Team (Php110).  What Thai meal is complete without its signature iced tea?  This refreshing beverage is made from strongly-brewed tea with some additional spices and sweetened with sugar and condensed milk.

Lime and Basil Thai Reataurant, Tagaytay

The dishes were tasty and well-presented, quite excellent representatives of Thai cuisine. These will help in broadening the horizons of the Filipino palate.

Lime and Basil Thai Restaurant is located at 9104 J. Rizal Street, Barangay Sicat, Tagaytay. It is open weekends from 11am to 9pm and weekends from 10am to 10pm.  For reservations and inquiries, call +63 915 627 6393.

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

Disclosure: Together with other Zomato foodies, I was invited to attend a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant.  All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Zomato Tagaytay Food Crawl First Stop: Mozu at Ming’s Garden

On the way to Tagaytay proper from Sta. Rosa, you would come across this beautiful oasis of blooms and greenery. Ming’s Garden began as the private plant collection of the former Philippine First Lady Amelita “Ming” Ramos, whom the locals call Lola Ming. It has since grown into a thriving business that sells ornamental plants, herbs, vegetables and other gardening essentials.

With 3 hectares of sprawling and verdant space, the place also serves as a venue for events ranging from intimate get-togethers to weddings, ceremonies and full-scale celebrations, with many possible backdrops for that Instagram shot or wedding photo.

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Mozu at Mings 1

Mozu at Mings 1

Mozu at Mings 1

Mozu at Mings 1

Mozu at Mings 1

Mozu at Mings 1

Mozu at Mings 1

Driving the place’s gustatory endeavors is Chef Enzo of its award-winning restaurant and in-house caterer, Mozu at Ming’s. His philosophy when it comes to the Filipino food that his restaurant serves is to not deviate too much from the classic dishes, letting the comfort food remind the diners of home.

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Mozu at Mings 1

Mozu at Mings 1

Mozu at Ming’s was the first stop in the Zomato Food Crawl in Tagaytay. While surrounded by the lush beauty of the restaurant’s garden setting, my fellow foodies and I were treated to a delectable array of home-grown dishes, which include:

Gambas Al Ajillo (Php310)

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In this seafood dish originating from Spain, fresh market shrimps are sauteed in olive oil, garlic and paprika.

Gising Gising (Php240)

Mozu at Ming’s 2

Apparently, the origin of this dish is still not clear with some claims placing it in Pampanga while others in Nueva Ecija. In this dish, crisp wing beans are sauteed in coconut milk, bagoong (shrimp paste) and labuyo (small chili peppers).

Bagnet Salad (Php300)

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Air-dried pork belly, a popular delicacy in North Luzon, is sliced and served with slivers of green mango, tomato and homemade

Bangus Ala Pobre (Php340)

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Boneless milkfish belly, cooked in butter, garlic and aligue (crab fat).

Ox Tail Kare Kare (Php290)

Mozu at Ming’s 2

A stew of oxtail, tripe and beef short ribs in a rich peanut sauce and served with bagoong.

Frozen Brasso de Mercedes (Php165)

Mozu at Ming’s 2

Meringue, yema (sweet custard candy) and mantecado ice cream layered on top of each other and served frozen.

Turon Ala Mode (Php200)

Saba bananas, jackfruit and mango rolled in crispy lumpia wrapper and served with a sweet apple sauce and vanilla ice cream.

Our meal was accompanied by refreshments such as local kapeng barako and fresh fruit juice.

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Mozu at Ming’s 2

Our sumptious meal at Mozu at Ming’s made for a memorable time with both old friends and new.

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By the way, Mozu at Ming’s also considers sustainability and support for its local community. All ingredients used are locally sourced (from nearby Tagaytay and Mahogany Markets) and staff are housed in dwellings right on the property.

Mozu at Ming’s is located along Santa Rosa – Tagaytay Road, Silang, Cavite. For reservations and queries, email mingsgarden@gmail.com or call +63 927 6957077 or +63 921 7295462.

Mozu at Ming's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other Zomato foodies, I was invited to attend a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant.  All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

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Savoring the moment at Sabor Bar de Vinos, Novotel Manila

Nestled amidst the hustle and bustle of Cubao is Novotel Manila Araneta Center’s newest restaurant concept – Sabor Bar de Vinos – a welcome haven for the urban denizens seeking some respite from the daily grind.

My fellow foodies and I were warmly welcomed by Novotel’s staff and its digital marketing manager Angela Silvestre, who told us more about Sabor, as well as made recommendations for our highly anticipated repast (all were good calls, by the way).

This newly opened wine bar boasts of warm and colorful Spanish-inspired interiors, a highly Instagrammable outdoor sitting area which also serves as a venue for live musical performances, an extensive wine collection and masterfully prepared tapas. All of these elements help the bar’s patrons to #SABORthemoment.

Sabor Bar de Vinos, Novotel

Sabor Bar de Vinos, Novotel

Sabor Bar de Vinos, Novotel

Sabor Bar de Vinos, Novotel

Its name Sabor translates to “flavor,” a philosophy made apparent with the elegant serving of its delectable sangria and tapas offerings.

Sangria is an alcoholic drink that originated from Spain. Technically a variation of the fruit punch, it consists of red wine mixed with chopped fruits and sweetened with sugar water and fruit juice.

Sabor has three signature sangria concoctions created by its expert mixologists. These drinks are priced at Php360 for a 250ml glass, Php900 for a 450ml half carafe and Php1,200 for a 750ml whole carafe.

Sabor Bar de Vinos, Novotel

The Sangria de Rosa, for instance, is a mixture of rose wine, tequila, pureed guava, strawberry syrup, the juices of pineapple and lime, and as well as mint leaves.

Sabor Bar de Vinos, Novotel

The Sangria Blanco, on the other hand, is made of Savignon blanc, vodka, the juices of lime, apple and lychee, and basil leaves.

Sabor Bar de Vinos, Novotel

Lastly, the Fortress Sangria combines red wine, brandy, grenadine, the juices of orange, lemon and lime, cinnamon and lemonade.

Lightweights like me, take heart! You do have the option to request the bar staff for virgin versions of your chosen drinks. That way, you can enjoy all the fruity flavors without the alcohol.  (Plus, better for you if you’re driving afterwards.  Remember, don’t drink and drive.)

Sabor Bar de Vinos, Novotel

Sabor Bar de Vinos, Novotel

Feeling a little adventurous? Try mixing your own sangria from the mixing station beside the bar. Some of our group did and while the results of their efforts ranged from delish to disquieting (and oh, the names we came up with for those concoctions!), the experience of mixing your own drink (or watching someone else make the attempt) is not to be missed.

We enjoyed our drinks together with the tapas, small servings of tasty Spanish cuisine, expertly prepared by Sabor’s own chefs  Josh Mara  and Glenn Estrella which include:

Smoked Salmon Roulade (Php350) – A scrumptious roll of made of dill, cream cheese and sun-dried tomato with capaers – mandarin sauce wrapped in homemade smoked salmon.

Sabor Bar de Vinos, Novotel

Mushroom Croquette (Php350) – A mixture of finely chopped Porcini, Portobello and Button mushrooms, covered with a crunchy layer of breadcrumbs and accompanied by a blue cheese sauce.

Sabor Bar de Vinos, Novotel

Beetroot Arancini (Php350) – Crunchy crumb-crusted balls stuffed with marinated beetroot (hence the pink color of the filling) accompanied by goat cheese fondue.

Galician Empanada (Php350) – Galician style empanada stuffed with marinated chicken and herbs.

Sabor Bar de Vinos, Novotel

Sauteed Chorizo in Red Wine (Php350) – Sliced Spanish chorizo sauteed in red wine, herbs and red onion, served rosemary focaccia.

Gambas al Ajillo (Php350) – Delectable shrimps served in a Spanish style sauce flavored with lemon, paprika, olive oil, white wine, parsley and chili flakes, then served with tomato focaccia.

Sabor Bar de Vinos, Novotel

Selection of Cheese (Php690) – An assortment of cheese accompanied by crackers, nuts, Taggiasca olives and radish. Here’s a tip: After tasting the cheese, a bit of the sangria jelly can help freshen the palate.

Sabor Bar de Vinos, Novotel

Bitter Ballen aka Dutch Meatballs (Php350) – A mixture of veal, chopped parsley and onion covered in bread crumbs and served with mustard.

Tiramisu the Classic Way (Php250) – Amaretto-flavored mascarpone cheese layered with coffee-soaked lady fingers and topped with cocoa powder, a fitting cap to the meal!

Sabor Bar de Vinos, Novotel

Sabor’s tapas are varied with complex flavors and well-presented with a continental flair but can still be appreciated by those with a decidedly Pinoy palate. For instance, some guests do request for rice to go with their flavorful chorizos or gambas dishes (to take full advantage of those flavorful sauces and drippings), and who’s to say that it’s wrong to enjoy your food that way?

Sabor Bar de Vinos, Novotel

The combination of the wine and food served turned our group from a bunch of relative strangers into a fun and boisterous crowd by the night’s end which just goes to show how good food, good drinks and good company make for a great time.

Sabor Bar de Vinos is located at the Ground Floor of Novotel Manila Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City.  It is open from 5pm to 2am, Tuesdays to Saturdays.  For reservations and inquiries, call + 63 2 990 7888.

Disclosure: Together with other foodies and bloggers, I was invited to attend a food and wine-tasting at this wine bar. All the food and beverage items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.
Sabor Bar de Vinos Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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