2. Lime and Basil
If you’re looking for some Thai food…
Lime and Basil is a Thai restaurant that was established in 2012 by owner and head chef Sigrid Sarmiento, a proud Tagaytay resident. She studied Thai food and loved it so much that she came up with a restaurant of her own. Lime and Basil Restaurant is open from Thursday to Sunday from 10:30am to 9:00pm. It offers a casual, relaxed Asian dining experience with a homey feel and guests can tour and walk around the herb and vegetable garden.
Songkran Edible Garden – where they usually pick the herbs and spices that they use for their customers’ food.
Besides the green atmosphere and vintage peg of the restaurant, its interiors are also consistent with the theme and are very IG-worthy!
Head Chef Sarmiento also orders spices and ingredients from Thailand to give Lime and Basil’s dishes their signature authentic Thai flavor. We were able to eat some of the customers’ favourites: Fresh Spring Rolls (P240.00), Sate Chicken (P230.00), Pad See Lew (P260), and Tanglad Juice.
Fresh Spring Rolls and Sate Chicken
1. Cafe Carmencita
If you’re looking for yummy dessert…
This is the perfect last stop because, no matter how full you might be, you’ll always have room for dessert.
Cafe Carmencita is owned by the beautiful husband and wife, Gerry and Kathleen Manzano. The cafe was named after Gerry’s mom, Carmencita. This bakeshop and restaurant will put you at ease with its homey family dining vibe. It is actually an actual family house. The owners’ family lives upstairs while they run their cafe downstairs. Cool, isn’t it?
Cafe Carmencita was established in October 2013. Kathleen Manzano has been really passionate about her cooking since she was a child because her mom loves to bake. No wonder this cafe is such a sweet escape!
See what I mean? – This is one of their bestsellers, the Choco Turtle Pie (P125)
Cafe Carmencita is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays fom 10am to 8pm and from Friday to Sunday 10am to 10pm. If you happen to drop by, I would recommend their bestsellers which are all best accompanied by a tall glass of Fresh Dalandan Juice or the local barako coffee:
Salted Caramel Cheesecake (P150)
Roast Beef served with rice or bread (P350)
Are you drooling yet? I bet you are surprised that these restaurants exist in Tagaytay! Now you have something to look forward to other than bulalo!
Beyond the picturesque view of Taal Volcano and the Batangas mountain range in the horizon, Serin Tagaytay homeowners are in for a lot more, particularly the food attractions and options from Tagaytay’s new and waiting-to-be-discovered restaurants that offer farm-to-table dining with fresh and organic produce grown from their own farms and gardens.
Shotout to my fellow WIM-ers who accompanied me that day: Derick Flores and Raffy Villanueva who took some of the pictures and helped me in writing my article! Thanks!
I know there are more undiscovered restaurants in Tagaytay. If you know any, let us know about them through the comments section below!
Avida Serin Tagaytay
Info Center along Nasugbu-Tagaytay Highway or Glorietta Showroom (2/F, Glorietta 4)