June 02, 2006
O-pa!! Cyma is now in Manila and for anyone who have been to this bora resto favorite (see related article: Top 5 Bora Resto), you can't help but it but to say O-pa!! Opa is a greek cheer and it is such a happy greeting that would make you feel at home in this 2 week old resto in Edsa Shangrila Mall. In Bora, it is hidden inside d'mall and sometimes you'll get lucky to be eating with famous people, actors/ actresses, who frequent this greek restaurant. This is indeed a "flourishing" resto as its name suggest in greek, and anybody can attest that the food is great :) Although the food are a bit on the expensive side and not to mention that they increased the prices by 10% in their mall outlet.
These days, there is almost no reason for you to go to Edsa Shangrila mall with the Edsa and mall traffic. I would prefer to go to Mall of Asia than meet somebody in Edsa Shang Mall. At least in Mall of Asia, once you figure out the technique of how to park and navigate your way through the maze, then it would be a pleasant experience for you. (Note: only on weekdays :) But Edsa Shang gave me enough good reason to brave the Edsa traffic and park on the 6th floor cinema level with its steep long winding road just to enjoy the dishes of Cyma. This is a good way to satisfy your Cyma craving rather than waiting for summer next year to fly to Bora. By that time, we would have moved on to the next resto fad in bora.
Demistyfying Mezedes Combination (P290). It's english translation is "appetizers" and Greeks traditionally start their meals with these little treats they call mezedes. This is a sample platter of their four appetizers.
1). Tzatziki (P105). The classic cucumber and yogurt dip served either Mild or Strong Garlic. Not a good idea if you are on a date.
2). Melitzanosalata (P95). Freshly roasted eggplant tomatoes, garlic, fresh lemon and EVOO (not sure what this is, would anybody know?)
3). Hummous (P100). Velvety chickpea, tahini and garlic dip.
4). Htipiti (P120). Feta Cheese, cream cheese, roasted spicy pepper and EVOO.
The verdict. I've order this both in the mall outlet and the bora resto and only the Htipiti feta cheese appetizer stands out. Check out the Tzatziki of Manos Taverna in Tagaytay and this would pale in comparison. The hummous was disappointing and the Cafe Mediteranean was a lot better. The eggplant appetizer is OK. Next time I would only order the Htipiti which is a lot cheaper only P120 vs. the mezedes at P290. By the way you can order extra pita for P25.
Spinach and Artichoke Fondue (P250). Only P230 in Bora but this dish is a winner! O-pa!! The melting cheese, sliced sun dried tomato and feta blended very well which makes the CPK spinach and artichoke dip version taste ordinary. This is more of a dip than a fondue which brings up images of Old Swiss Inn's famous fondue desserts. The dip goes very well with the garlic bread instead of the pita.
Unfortunately, there were only three of us when we ate so we cannot order Cyma's Chef recommended Chicken Gyro, the Pastisado (Greek Osso Bucco), Sayanaki (flaming cheese) ; or Cyma's in-demand signature dish, the Cyma Lamb Chops. I plan to go back soon and this is a good place during Father's day.
Flaming Mango Dessert (P180). Anything flaming is interesting and that's why we ordered this dessert with matching O-pa cheer as it is served to your table. Kudos to Cyma for the innovation on this dessert which costs us P180!! Unfortunately, they used a whole mango with its seed still intact which actually destroyed the appeal of this dessert. It is good and you should immediately taste it right after the vanila ice cream is put on top of the flaming mango. It taste like fire and ice melting with the sweetness of Mango.
This is an ambiance shot of this small outlet in Cinema Level Edsa Shangrila Mall, Ortigas.
You know what, this is really a perfect place for a Father's day celebration on June 18, and after a Cyma meal we'll give our father's day gift of a ringside ticket to the Pacquiao - Larios Fight on July 2. Just sharing with you this tip, I know my dad is not reading my blog and feel free to reapply :)
Here is the number: CYMA GREEK RESTO, Shangrila Mall @ +632 6373090.