Chef Arch's Lime Gourmet Street Food

I can't help but feel bad when a travel blogger posted an article that she would rather go hungry than eat Filipino street food. Maybe she went to the wrong places or chose the wrong food. Maybe she just wanted to bash Filipino food to get Internet traffic. Filipino street food is cheap and meant for locals with tight budget or in a hurry to satisfy their hunger. Though I am not on a tight budget, I grew up liking street food. I do not just like it, I love Filipino street food.

Chef Arch's Lime
Chef Arch's Lime

I came across this restaurant in Mandaluyong after a late lunch in Kanto Freestyle Breakfast last year. It was late afternoon and they were still closed at that time since they operate from 6PM onwards. I was not able to go back here again until recently when I was invited by a friend to have dinner here.

Lime 88 opened in 2007, when Chef Arch converted their ancestral house into an al fresco restaurant serving mainly street food. Yes, you read it right. He called their menu as "Street Food na Pinasosyal" or with a twist. At first glance, the place looks like the typical drinking joint or pub but once you get in, you will notice that it is clean and diners come from the middle class. I also thought that their menu would be limited but I surprised that it was extensive.

Chef Arch, who is one of the owners, is a renowned chef with impressive credentials. Expect food to be excellent yet affordable. In addition, their group is also behind the success of Kanto Freestyle Breakfast (KBF) that have opened KBF Kapitolyo and two franchises in Libis ang Marikina.

The Appetizers


Papadum is a thin, crisp disc-shaped Indian food typically based on a seasoned dough made from black gram (urad flour), fried or cooked with dry heat. It was like eating a crispy thin-layered crepe.

Balut in Red Wine Sauce
Balut in Red Wine Sauce | Php 180.00

If you love balut (duck embryo), then you will probably enjoy the Balut in Red Wine Sauce. I Just wonder how they were able to take out the shell and still retain the whole egg.

Quail Egg Tempura with Soy Mirin Glaze and Sinamak
Quail Egg Tempura with Soy Mirin Glaze and Sinamak | Php 120.00

I used to love kwek-kwek during my younger days. A close friend and I would often call it as "itlog ng pogi." When I reached my 30s, quail eggs became one of the food that I rarely eat since it is high on cholesterol. But when the Quail Egg Tempura with Soy Mirin Glaze and Sinamak was served, I think I had most of the quail eggs. There are two choices to the dip the egg - the mirin, which is a sweet rice wine usually used in Japanese cuisine and sinamak, which is an Ilonggo version of spicy vinegar. Whichever dip you use, you will surely love this egg tempura.

Indian Style Nachos with Pico de Gallo
Indian Style Nachos with Pico de Gallo | Php 150.00

I usually eat nachos with salsa and the Indian Style Nachos with Pico de Gallo was perfect for my taste buds. Pico de Gallo or salsa fresca is fresh, uncooked salad made from chopped tomato, white onion, and chili. This was only part of the appetizer, but I have already eaten a lot.

Assorted Street Style Barbecue Platter
Assorted Street Style Barbecue Platter | Php 185.00

The most awaited appetizer. The Assorted Street Style Barbecue Platter instantly disappeared after taking some pictures that we had to order another set. I cannot describe the sauce that came with the barbecue. It was like a gravy but a bit sweet.

The Main Course

Crispy Isaw Chicharon Pizza
Crispy Isaw and Chicharon Bulaklak Pizza | Php 210.00

Four Cheese Pizza
Four Cheese Pizza | Php 210.00

We had two kinds of Pizza. Both were equally good. I prefer the Crispy Isaw and Chicharon Bulaklak Pizza over the Four Cheese Pizza that was prepared using truffle oil. I was not really craving for pizza that night so I just took a small slice for both.

Embotido Stuffed Crispy Pata
Embutido Stuffed Crispy Pata
Embutido Stuffed Crispy Pata | Php 320.00

I am not a big fan of crispy pata but I do love embutido. Just imagine how an Embutido Stuffed Crispy Pata would taste. Yummy! It was good that we had two servings of this dish or else someone will be left out without being able to try this favorite Filipino dish. It is already good without the sauce or dip.

Osso Bucco Kare-Kare
Osso Bucco Kare-Kare | Php 230.00

Ossobuco or osso buco is Italian for "bone with a hole" (osso bone, buco hole), a reference to the marrow hole at the centre of the cross-cut veal shank. Kare-kare is a traditional Filipino stew with thick and savory peanut sauce. The meat used usually consist of ox tail, tripe and sirloin beef. I am used to having kare-kare with so much peanut sauce and was surprised with the Osso Bucco Kare-kare. The peanut sauce is served on top of the very soft beef shank and shrimp paste on the side. There is so much taste in the dish and I recommend eating it with rice or you will never be able to appreciate it.

Kangkong and Kesong Puti Stuffed Chicken Breast with Mash Potato and Jus
Kangkong and Kesong Puti Stuffed Chicken Breast with Mash Potato and Jus | Php 190.00

Hot and Spicy Chili Chicken Wings
Hot and Spicy Chili Chicken Wings | Php 210.00

We had two chicken dishes. The Kangkong and Kesong Puti Stuffed Chicken Breast with Mash Potato and Jus was okay but the Hot and Spicy Chili Chicken Wings was definitely the best dish I tried that night. I even asked for a take home. The spice was just enough and the chicken was tender. I will definitely order the spicy wings when I get back here.


A meal is never complete without dessert. From left to right: Salted Caramel Cake, Chocolate Mint Torte, Chocolate Sansrival and Flourless Chocnut Cake. Did I ever mention that I have a sweet tooth? Everything was superb but I really liked the Chocolate Mint Torte most while the others like the Salted Caramel Cake.

Overall, food quality is good. Value for money is really good. I would like to come back here and try other dishes like the Sizzling Dinakdakan and Crispy Dinuguan. I have a favorite restaurant when I crave for Crispy Dinuguan and hopefully Lime's version is also good. Would also want to try their seafood dishes when I go back to Roxas City.

How about you? What is your favorite street food? If you have been to Lime, what food did you enjoy most?

Map to Lime
Map to Lime


Chef Arch's Lime Mandaluyong
#160 San Rafael St. Mandaluyong City
(02) 775.5428
Monday to Sunday
6:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Chef Arch's Lime Roxas
Dumolog , 5800 Roxas City Capiz
Monday to Sunday
4:30 PM to 1:00 AM

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