Lemon and Olives Greek Taverna is a relatively new restaurant in Baguio. It opens last June in a house-turned-restaurant along the Outlook Drive South. I’m not really a fan of Greek food. And honestly, the experience I had on this cafe changed my mind. 

Lemon and Olives: The Must-Try Dishes

A great way to start your Greek Taverna experience is having a Hummus (Php130.00) for your appetizer. Hummus is a traditional Greek dip made from chickpeas, olive oil, lemon, garlic and tahini (condiment made from toasted ground hulled sesame seeds). It is served with homemade pita.

Hummus served with Homemade Pita
Hummus served with Homemade Pita

The Hummus was creamy and tangy and a perfect match to the smoky and peppery pita.

Lemon and Olives - Souvlaki Plate
Souvlaki Plate (Lamb, Pork and Beef) served with Fries, chili, garlic and tzatziki dips

Souvlaki Plate is a good choice for your main course. Souvlaki is a popular fast food usually consists of pieces of grilled meat. In Lemon and Olives, you may choose which type of meat to place in your plate. It could be beef, lamb, pork, chicken or a combination of 3 of these 4 types. The Souvlaki Plate is served with two layers of pita, sliced tomatoes and onions, fries and varieties of sauce: chili, garlic and tzatziki (yogurt-based sauce).

Souvlaki
Souvlaki Plate

The slices of meat were flavorful. To eat it, have a slice of pita, top it with meat and sauce. If you ordered Hummus for appetizer, you may also want to try to top it on your Souvlaki Pita for a more complex and wonderful taste.

Another main course meal to enjoy is Greek Kebab. You have choice of having either Pork Tenderloin or Chicken. It’s served with simple salad and a choice of either Pilaf rice, plain rice, fries or pita.

Greek Kebab served with Salad and Pita
Greek Kebab (Pork Tenderlon) served with Salad and Pita

The pork were tender, smoky and has savory aroma and also a good pair with pita. But I will recommend to have it with rice.

Desserts

Two notable desserts from their menu are Greek Yogurt and Baklava Cheesecake.

Greek Yogurt
Greek Yogurt

I’m a fan of Greek yogurt. The more sour the yogurt is, the more kilig it gives, right? The yogurt is topped with walnuts and honey. The walnuts define the overall texture of this dessert while the honey balances the sourness from the yogurt.

Baklava Cheesecake
Baklava Cheesecake

Baklava Cheesecake is a fusion of Greek Baklava and New York Cheesecake. The smooth texture of the cheesecake and the roughness of the crust is a perfect match. The taste is not so sweet and has a hint of cinnamon. For me, it’s a must-try dessert and I’m looking forward to have another slice of it.

 

Lemon and Olives Greek Taverna
26 Outlook Drive South
Baguio City
Facebook: fb.com/LemonandOlivesPH/



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