January 19, 2007
Cyma (pronounced as see-ma) is now the hottest place in Greenbelt after it replaced the struggling Magnum bar in the GB2 row of restaurants. At last, you can now hear the greek cheer "Opa!" in Makati; I'm not surprised that this became an instant hit during lunch time for Makati yuppies and during dinner time for the gimmick crowd. The greek fusion food is full of flavor and distinctly different from your usual asian restos. You won't go wrong from choosing any of the dishes from the menu. Although for a maximum Opa! experience, you should order the flaming dishes which includes the Saganaki - Flaming Cheese and Flaming Mangoes.
Eating in Cyma is always a "flourishing" experience, as they would claim, with lively crowd, funky waiters, delicious and healthy food. The food presentation makes you hungry complemented by very good service-oriented waiters. With the promise of healthy and appetizing food, you can easily overeat with the large servings good for 2 people.
The Bora branch is still the best while the Makati branch suffers from poor ventilation inside the air condition room. Try to eat al fresco or in the second floor or else you will be singing "smoke gets in your eyes" throughout your meal. The prices in the Makati branch is also a little higher with noticeable 10% increase and as much as 25% for the Salad to share. You can easily spend P600/ person if you decide to order one dish for each person. Anyway, the greek dishes are good for 2 persons so better to eat family sharing style with your friends and companions.
Saganaki - Flaming Cheese (P 165). This is an Opa dish and I must admit a lot of people fall for this dish because of its flame and to hear the waiters cheer Opa! In the end, this is just roasted cheese with little herbs.
Roka Salata to share (P360). I remember that when you order a to-share salad before, it would cost you less than P300. I must admit that this is a little bigger almost good for 4 persons. Most of the salads are very good and tasty because of the secret greek vinaigrette on top of fresh crunchy vegetables with feta cheese.
Chicken Souvlaki (P240). I can only finish one skewer despite the fact that the chicken was almost perfectly grilled with the right seasoning, marinade and herb combination.
Psari Fourno (P430). You can't go wrong with the fresh moists salmons in Cyma. However, even just the basic salmon which costs P230 before (in the shangrila branch) was now selling for P360 in Makati! Or maybe it has been that L-O-O-O-N-G that I haven't visited their Shangrila branch.
Kotopoulo Lemonato (Greek Chicken Adobo - P345). Braised Lemon Oregano Chicken with garlic and extra virgin olive oil. Perfectly roasted (and marinated) that the herb taste penetrates deep inside the chicken meat.
I didn't realized that they were also serving the endangered Mameng in Cyma. (see: Pan Fried Mameng @ Portico 1771, Serendra). I just noticed now and I'll check out their Makati menu again if Mameng is still in the menu. Can you check it out for me?
Thanks to all those who commented way ahead of my posts :)
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Reservations are up to 1pm for lunch and 8pm for dinner only.