Lime 88 : Street food with a Twist

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Lime 88 : Street Food Haven with a Culinary Twist

I have probably been living under a rock all this time to not have discovered Lime 88, one of Mandaluyong’s treasure trove of street food goodness. And when we say street food, we didn’t mean the ordinary grub you find on just about any corner of any given street. Prepare yourself for a display of some really sosyal street food, street food like you’ve never seen nor imagined before.

A little background before anything else: Lime 88 started out in 2007, with Chef Arch, the culinary mastermind behind the well-loved menu, his brother Vinz, and two other friends Ian and Eugene. It is a popular hangout in Mandaluyong, and has its fair share of the limelight: from the many celebrity visits, to the numerous features. It has been talked and written about  many times already, that I don’t know how me writing about it can make it any more popular than it already is! Nevertheless, our group of foodie bloggers are very thankful to Chef Arch, Sir Vinz, and the rest of Lime 88’s Staff for having us last Monday for our share of great food and equally great hangout.

Without further ado, here is Lime 88’s Street Food with a Twist:

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Balut in Red Wine Sauce – 180php

The Balut in Red Wine Sauce for appetizers was refreshing, since it was such a new concept to most of us. It also did well as an appetizer for the group, because you can’t eat too much balut, else subject yourself to blood pressure spikes. However, the taste of the red wine was very subtle, that my tastebuds probably missed it. Despite this, Lime 88’s Balut in Red Wine Sauce was still delectable, especially if you’re a big balut eater –like I am.

For those who are not familiar with balut, it is essentially boiled fertilized duck embryo. It is very popular here in the Philippines. Initially, people get grossed out by the balut, but once you get past all biases, you are going to love it.

 

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Quail Egg Tempura – 120php

The Quail Egg Tempura, more popularly known as Kwek-kwek, with Soy Mirin Glaze and Sinamak was delicious! Best dipped in both soy mirin glaze and sinamak. It pretty much tastes the same as the usual kwek-kwek, only the Quail Egg Tempura is less oily and provides a unique experience.

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Deep Fried Spicy Tuna and Skyflakes with Aioli

Spicy tuna and skyflakes: one of the tastiest and most affordable pulutan combo. The combo just received an upgrade in the form of Lime 88’s Deep Fried Spicy Tuna and Skyflakes with Aoili.

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Assorted StreetStyle BBQ Platter – 185php

The Assorted Streetstyle BBQ Platter provides the ultimate street food experience.  And to add class to the dish, they serve it with peanut butter sauce in a martini glass.

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Bacon Mussels – 170php

The Bacon Mussels were okay. I cannot remember anything remarkable about it. I would probably prefer ordering their Chili Mussels (170php) next time.

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Tuna Sashimi with Wasabi Cream, Orange Salad & Soy Calamansi

Unexpectedly, they also serve Tuna Sashimi, which doesn’t count as a local streetfood. It’s good that they offer variety, though, for those who are into Japanese dishes. I really enjoyed the Tuna Sashimi, especially its generous serving of Wasabi cream. My co-foodies found the wasabi too strong, overpowering the taste of the sashimi, but I found the wasabi just right. If you’re not really huge on wasabi, avoid this dish, or ask them to tone down the wasabi cream. :)


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Creamy Garlic Tuyo Pasta – 175php

Lime 88’s Creamy Garlic Tuyo Pasta with Toast on the sides. I found the sauce lacking, the pasta a bit dry. However, you can subtly taste the tuyo in the pasta, even if you don’t bite into the tuyo.

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Crispy Corned Beef, Paris Mash, Sauteed Onions – 170php

Lime 88’s Crispy Corned Beef, Paris Mash, Sauteed Onions, priced at 170php, was a treat. Devoured in seconds. The mashed potato sides was a perfect supplement to the crispy corned beef.

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Wilted Kangkong with Quail Egg and Asian Hollandaise – 120php

Not really a big fan of Kangkong because of its bitter taste, but some of my co-foodies liked Lime 88’s Kangkong and Quail Eggs with Hollandaise sauce. Definitely a twist to kangkong. I’m just not sure if it fits the streetfood-filled menu.

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Streetfood Pizza with Tuyo, Longganisa, Salted Egg and Kesong Puti

Lime 88’s Chef Arch proves his innovativeness with their pizzas. First up is the Streetfood Pizza with Tuyo, Longganisa, Salted Egg and Kesong Puti, priced at 210php. It was salty for me, obviously because the pizza was laced with tuyo and salted egg.

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Isaw and Chicharong Bulaklak Pizza

The Isaw and Chicharong Bulaklak Pizza fared better for me. It was delightfully cheesy and generous in toppings, and I didn’t find it as salty as the Streetfood Pizza.

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Choc-Nut Martini (Upper left), License to Chill (Upper Right), Brown Sugar Daddy, (Lower Left), Tiramisu Martini (Lower Right)

The night won’t be complete without cocktails! The Choc-nut martini (Vodka, Bailey’s and Choc-Nut) tasted just like our favorite chocolate, Choc-nut, and it was bad that it tasted good, because you feel like you’re just drinking a regular chocolate drink like Moo or Chuckie with some alcohol. License to Chill would have to be my favorite among the four. License to Chill is a mix of Vodka, Melon Liquer, and Pineapple Juice. The alcohol was very subtle in this drink, that’s why I enjoyed this more than the rest. The Brown Sugar Daddy, a combination of Absolute Vanilla, Cranberry Juice, and Brown Sugar was a little too strong for my taste. A mix of Brandy, Cinnamon, and Amarreto, the Tiramisu Martini was another group favorite, probably because of the cinnamon taste.

With all the good food we ate, we foodies always save room for desserts! They’re not exactly street food, but hey, no one’s really complaining :)

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Tres Leches

We tasted four different cake slices, but found the Tres Leches one of the remarkable ones among the group. It was the least sweet slice of cake in the bunch, but I loved that you can control the sweetness with the amount of chocolate you mix with it.

 

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Chocolate Sanzrival

Their bestseller, the Chocolate Sanzrival, is my favorite! I found it to be the sweetest, too, but I couldn’t resist taking one bite after another of this cake.

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Salted Caramel Cake

I found the saltiness and sweetness of the Salted Caramel Cake what makes it a dessert that you will not get tired of.

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Flourless Chocolate Chocnut Cake

The Flourless Chocolate Chocnut Cake was remarkable because it is baked flourless. I couldn’t recall much about its taste because I am heavily biased towards the three cakes I previously mentioned.

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Foodies attacked the cakes without mercy!

Each slice of a cake costs 120php. Lime 88’s cakes are supplied by the same cake supplier of Momo’s.

Here are some photos of the place:

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The view at dawn

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Open air bar area

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Bar Area

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Thank God for Beer!

I am really thankful that Lime 88 has Wi-fi! However, since it is, of course, a bar, the lighting in the place is difficult to work with for taking photos of your food. But it’s okay! Food is for eating! Forget taking photos and just enjoy the food, haha!

Expected price range is around 300-500/head, as with most bars. This, however, provides you the unique experience of eating sossyfied street food. If you haven’t tried it yet, you guys don’t know what you’re missing.

Compared to Kanto Freestyle Breakfast, Lime 88 is more recognized by bystanders in the area, so it is not difficult to ask directions in finding the place. Here’s a map taken from Lime 88’s Website for your reference:

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Lime 88 Mandaluyong Location

And here’s more good news! Lime 88 opens their second branch today, May 1, 2013 at Dumulog, Roxas City, Capiz! Enjoy the amazing Lime 88 food there, guys! And congratulations to Chef Arch, Sir Vinz, and the rest of the team for making it happen. More Lime 88 and Kanto Freestyle Branches, please? :)

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Lime 88 Opens in Roxas City

Check out Lime 88’s Menu from their website! Lime 88’s Menu on Munch Punch isn’t updated with their newer dishes, so make sure to check Lime 88’s website, instead.

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The author, second from the left, with Chef Arch (third from left) and Sir Vinz (far right)

It’s a shame most of us had to leave early that night.  I’m pretty sure it’s more fun to stay longer, in the company of good friends, good food, and good alcohol. We will definitely come back for more! -HANA

PS. Thanks to Wazzup Pilipinas for organizing this foodie event!

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3 comments to Lime 88 : Street food with a Twist

  • Arch  says:

    Cheers hana!!!

    • dollhana  says:

      Thanks so much, Chef Arch! Cheers! :)

  • Marlon  says:

    I’d definitely try their Streetfood Pizza with Tuyo, Longganisa, Salted Egg and Kesong Puti. It may not be the best tasting pizza, for sure it has lots of flavor in it.

    P.S. Nice blog!

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