Food Trip # 8: Cyma Greek Taverna/Estiatorio

Hehe. Sorry, I still have a Cyma hangover from tonight's dinner. By the way, Opa is a greek word used to describe any happy emotion, or jubilation . At Cyma, whenever you order food from their flaming dish list, all waiters will unanimously shout "Opa!" before serving the flaming dish at your table. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start over. :)

My mom, sis and I headed to Trinoma a while ago for dinner. We were supposed to go to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. But when we reached the place, we saw that the restaurant was already permanently closed. So we went to Cyma Greek Taverna instead. It's just a couple of steps from Bubba Gump.

I have always wanted to travel to Greece. I promised myself that someday I'll go there, after I saved up enough money and all.  Sa tingin ko matatagalan pa yung araw na yon, hehe, so I'll settle for Cyma for the mean time.

The restaurant's interior was not exactly what I was hoping for. When I think of Greece, I think of stark blue waters, white stucco houses and a sunny, laid back feel. Cyma was a bit mellow, with warm lighting and homey feel. All's good, it's just that I was expecting something else. Well, the chairs are blue naman. Sige na nga. hehe.

The menu is very extensive. They developed this system where the foods are categorized into either vegetarian, chef recommends, good fat good carb, classic recipe, progressive Greece or a combination of any. This can help you big time in your decision making since some of the food names are in Greek, like Tzatziki or Melitzanosolata.

Spinach and Artichoke Fondue P350
For the appetizer or orektika in greek, we ordered the Spinach and Artichoke Fondue, a dip of creamy cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese served with pita and garlic bread. This dish kind of reminded me of Greenwich's Lasagna Supreme. It's really good, and very filling. The portions are huge, I can attest to that. There's only a few restaurants which can satisfy my voracity, and that's not an easy feat. And boy, Cyma's tops the list. I was already full before the main course came!

Chicken Gyros P160
(Pronounced as chicken "yirohs")
That's my order. It's chicken, tomatoes,tzatziki (a cucumber, garlic and greek yogurt combination), all wrapped in a pita bread. It tastes like the normal shawarma. I wasn't able to finish mine because it was so huge. The hot chili sauce served on the side was very delicious as well.

Baby Clams Angel Hair (Solo) P300
That's my mom's pasta, with clams, white wine, olive oil, lemon, parmesan cheese and parsley. I didn't like it because it's bland and...I don't like clams to begin with.

Pastitsio (Greek Baked Mac)P230
(pronounced as "pastito")
 Layered macaroni and meat topped with Greek bechamel. This one's a very weird-tasting dish.I could have sworn that the greek bechamel tasted like soaked bread.

Skolatina P295
For dessert or glyka in greek, we ordered Skolatina, a decadent piece of molten chocolate cake served with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.I lavett!!!! Chocoholics out there, this one's a definite must-try!

waiter as he was serving our flaming mango. OPA!

Flaming Mangoes P250
Another glyka. Isn't it interesting? That's a whole mango cooked in some sort of sweet syrup, then flamed right before serving. It tasted just like mango jam.

For the verdict:
The place is cozy, waiters very attentive, the food is good and serving huge. Same as the Filipinos, Greeks have tight-knit families who love to celebrate just about anything. Cyma adopted this thus the food serving is really meant for sharing. Cyma can be a perfect place for your own family get-togethers and celebrations.
Hmm..I really can't think of anything bad for Cyma aside from the 10% service charge.

Now can anyone say...OPA!!!

*Click here for the menu.

Cyma Greek Estiatorio
4002 4/F Trinoma Mall
Tel. No: (02) 915-28-59


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