Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Cyma Estiatorio.......OPA!

Hubby and I love Greek food. Our favorite by far is a quaint little hole in the wall restaurant in Boracay called Cyma. We had dined there last year and we fell in love with the food.

I found out that they have a new branch that opened in Greenbelt. We were so excited to dine there last weekend because it brings back memories of our Boracay trip.

For appetizers or "Mezedes", which in Greek means "something soft and delicate", we ordered the Pikilia Mezedes, a sampling of four delicious dips, served with sixteen wedges of warm whole wheat pita bread:

Melitsanosolata, freshly roasted eggplant, tomatoes, garlic, wit lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil.
Tsatsiki, a classic cucumber, garlic and Greek yogurt dip.
Htipiti, creamed feta with a hint of spicy peppers and extra virgin olive oil. I was surprised that hubby liked this one, normally, he doesn't like feta nor anything spicy.
Hummous, chickpea, tahini and garlic. Among the dips, this one is the biggest winner in terms of taste.

Since the Pikilia was quite filling, hubby and I shared a single main course. We agreed on Swordfish Souvlaki (skewer) and for extra P75 you get a side of Family Style Greek Salad of mixed greens, red cabbage, tomatoes, capers, cucumbers, feta cheese, pine nuts and black olives in traditional Greek vinaigrette. Yummy and healthy.

The Swordfish Souvlaki is by far one of the the best fish dish that I've ever tasted. The fish was very fresh and succulent and not malansa at all and there's no fishy after taste (which is great when you're having a date). The skewered vegetables are perfect foil for the fish. I has asked the waiter what was the marinade used for the fish. It was salt, pepper olive oil and some tomato sauce. The souvlaki comes with a yogurt dipping sauce. Frankly, the fish was great even without the dipping sauce.

For dessert, hubby ordered the home made chocomint ice cream served with honey and walnuts. I personally don't like the combination of chocolate and mint but hubby loves it. So, this one's a winner too.

If you order the crepes, they will flambe it in front of you and all the waiters will shout OPA! (A Greek term for "love of life")

Cyma, a must try.


Em Dy said...

FYI, they also have a branch in Shangrila. I'm afraid to try Greek food because I might not like it. But your post has made me curious and the restaurant is always full, I might just visit the place one of these days. Any recommendations?

Be@rbrick Lover: said...

I also like CYMA. The Greenbelt branch is always full! I remember enjoying the Chicken Kebab and the ribs. :-)

P said...

i'm so glad i live close to greektown here in Toronto. I also go for the dips sampler all the time.

Leica said...

Hi em dy! I highly recommend the swordfish. Even if you've never tried Greek food, the swordfish is a guaranteed winner. There's a reason why the place is always full, the food is fabulous! :-)

There's another Greek restaurant in Rockwell called Mati's (haven't eaten there in a while, not sure if they're still open). They have great food also albeit a bit on the pricey side.

Cafe Mediterranean is also a nice option. I recommend the hummus and the panna cotta (a white custard).

Kali Orexi! (Happy eating in Greek)

ericbau said...

Dont forget to try the desserts!