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Chef Arch’s Lime: Streetfood na Pinasosyal

Chef Arch’s Lime or formerly known as Lime 88 started as Chef Archie’s playground where he made all the food he cannot eat in some of the restaurants where he used to work. It was inspired by the bustling sidewalk carinderia of the artist havens in the Philippines and all about his childhood memories.

At first, I thought that it was all about Filipino food but Chef Archie said that it was a little bit of everything where local and international flavors mix as diverse as the cities and cultures they represent.

The restaurant’s operation started way back in 2008 and became popular even before social media but we, millennials or I, personally, it was my first time hearing of this place.

The restaurant has a an old home-vibe, the place was once a home where a family lives but now, it is a home for everyone looking for good food and a place to chill. The place actually looked like a level-up carinderia outside because of its colorful walls and one might think that the food being served is just average but it’s not.

Some of the Lime’s classics that we’re able to try were the Embotido Stuffed Crispy Pata, Creamy Garlic Tuyo Pasta, Balut in Red Wine Sauce, and a lot more.

For appetizer:
Balut in Red Wine Sauce – Chef Archie came up with this idea thinking how he can serve balut (fertilized duck’s egg) in the most sophisticated way where people will not be afraid to try it. The balut actually looked like meatballs with sauce so, you might be able to trick your friends who doesn’t eat balut to eat this. 😅 Instead of vinegar, red wine was used together with some aromatics and spices, and the duck’s au jus.

Price: Php 220
Table for: 3-4 persons
Food Rating: 4/5

Street Style Barbecue Platter – the platter consists of isaw (chicken intestine), chicken feet, betamax (pork’s blood), chicken ass, and pork barbecue. Everything on the platter was already flavorful as it is but you can still dip it in sinamak or peanut sauce that comes with it. The use of peanut sauce was inspired from the Thailand’s satay where they serve peanut sauce with their skewers.

Price: Php 250
Table for: 2-3 persons
Food Rating: 5/5

Deep Fried Tuna Skyflakes – this was new to me but Chef Archie said that this was their barkada’s favorite pulutan back in his High School days – a mix of spicy canned tuna and skyflakes which they call “Pedigree”. Now, he took it to the next level by making it into a ball-shape, deep frying it, and serving it with a mayonnaise-ketchup dip.

Price: Php 160
Table for: 3-4 persons
Food Rating: 3.5/5

Silken Tofu Crispy Tenga – instead of the usual tokwa’t baboy, Chef Arch up his game by covering the silken tofu with breading and using tenga (pig’s ear) instead of the usual pork. I really love the breaded silken tofu but I am still looking for that pork since I am not a fan of tenga.

Price: Php 250
Table for: 3-4 persons
Food Rating: 4/5

Hot Spicy Chicken Wings – this chicken wings was served with binatog on the side. I don’t really get why there is binatog on the side but he explained that binatog is his favorite and thought of making it a complete meal by adding chicken. Well done, very innovative! Now, you can enjoy your favorite binatog with chicken wings. Yum!

Price: Php 250
Table for: 4 persons
Food Rating: 4/5

Quail Egg Tempura – I have never seen a quail egg this sophisticated. This quail egg was cooked tempura-style instead of the usual orange batter and served with sinamak and home-made soy mirin sauce. Well, who doesn’t love quail eggs?

Price: Php 150
Table for: 2-3 persons
Food Rating: 5/5

For the main dishes, we’re able to try the following:
Four Cheese Caldereta – not just one, not just two, and not just three-cheese but four cheese was used in making this addicting Caldereta. Need I say more? This is our favorite!!!

Price: Php 320
Table for: 2-3 persons
Food Rating: 5/5

Embotido Stuffed Crispy Pata – this innovation was the bomb! I really love embutido and they made it way so much better with crispy pata. I love the contrast on its texture – crispy pork pata and soft embotido. You definitely must not miss this one too!

Price: Php 450
Table for: 3-4 persons
Food Rating: 5/5

Aside from that, they also have pizza and pasta dishes. What really caught our attention was their Chicharon Bulaklak, Isaw Pizza and their Creamy Garlic Tuyo Pasta.

Chicharon Bulaklak and Isaw Pizza – if you are someone who loves chicharon bulaklak, pork isaw, and pizza, this one is for you! The chicharon bulaklak may not be as crispy when you deep-fried it but this one complemented the pizza well. If you don’t want to be that adventurous with your pizza, you can have their All-Meat Pizza which has bacon, ham, beef, and longganisa or their Four Cheese Pizza.

Price: Php 290
Table for: 4 persons
Food Rating: 3.5/5

Creamy Garlic Tuyo Pasta – creamy, garlicky, and flavorful tuyo pasta. You won’t actually see the tuyo except for the one on the center but the tuyo flavor was really there. This one is also a must try! Make sure not to miss this out when you visit them!

Price: Php 250
Table for: 1 person
Food Rating: 5/5

Flourless Chocolate Chocnut Cake – beautifully presented with chocnut bits on top at a really affordable prize.

Price: Php 125
Table for: 1 person
Food Rating: 4/5

Salted Caramel Cake – this moist Salted Caramel Cake is our favorite! Simply the best!!! If I will be looking for a Salted Caramel Cake, this will be on my top list.

Price: Php 125
Table for: 1 person
Food Rating: 5/5

For the drinks, they have Sola Iced Tea, Stellinas Lemonade, Pepsi products, Scramble, Juice, Brewed Coffee, Shooters, Wine, Beers and Cocktails.
Chocnut Martini – a mix of vodka and mudslide.

Price: Php 100
Table for: 1 person
Food Rating: 5/5

Frozen Margarita – a mix of tequila and lime.

Price: Php 100
Table for: 1 person
Food Rating: 5/5

Aside from the al fresco dining, they also have an air-conditioned room which you can rent for Php 2,500 (consumable). The small room can accommodate up to 10 pax. For bigger groups, you can have the place all for you and your friends for just Php 15,000.

Ambiance: 4/5
Service: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5

Dietitian’s Corner:
1. Balut or fertilized duck’s egg with premature embryo is a well-known Pinoy street food which is usually sold at night.
2. The duck’s egg was incubated for 14 to 21 days depending on the local culture. After the incubation period, it is then boiled or steamed.
3. Balut contains beneficial nutrients to your body and is high in protein.
4. A balut has 188 calories.
5. Tuyo or dried fish is made by removing the water in the fish and letting it dry to inhibit the growth of microorganism and preserve it.
6. Chicharon Bulaklak is known in english as deep-fried pork mesentry. It is the fold of tissue which anchors the small intestine to the back of the abdominal wall of a pig.

Location: 160 San Rafael St., Brgy. Plainview, Mandaluyong City
Store Hours: 6:00 pm to 2:00 am
Contact Details: (02) 775-5428
Facebook Page: Chef Arch’s Lime Street Food na Pina sosyal
Instagram: @chefarchslime

Disclaimer: We’re invited to taste their food but this review was written with my honest opinion.

 

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