Friday, July 24, 2009

Cyma Restaurant at Eastwood Mall

Greek cuisine holds a certain allure for me since I don't have it all that often. In fact, Cyma Estiatorio is just about the only place that comes to mind when we feel like having Greek food.

We had the pleasure of visiting Cyma's latest branch at the new Eastwood City Mall for dinner some days ago. Just like its other branches, Cyma Estiatorio Eastwood City was packed full of people. Fortunately, our friend made reservations beforehand. It's virtually impossible to walk in at Cyma.

Cyma Restaurant Eastwood CityTo start the evening off, we ordered Cyma's signature appetizer Saganaki, or Flaming Cheese. We opted for the Cyma Original variant (P200, pictured above left) which is comprised mostly of mozzarella cheese. Serving the Saganaki is an art for the Cyma servers. They bring it to your table in all its flaming glory and shout "Opa!", which is a Greek exclamation that's akin to "Hooray!". Saganaki is love. Gooey, chewy, and oh-so-cheesy. It's served with toasted, buttered, and herbed bread too. You simply can't eat at Cyma without ordering this signature appetizer.

Since there were several of us in the group we also had Fried Zucchini and Eggplant (P230, pictured above right) and Kalamarakia (P300, pictured below). I'm not really a fan of zucchini but Cyma slices the zucchini and eggplant then serves them tempura-style, with a siding of Tzatziki -- a creamy Greek dressing made of cucumbers and yogurt. It's nothing short of delicious, even my hubby who has an aversion to eggplants had some. Kalamarakia is just as the name suggests -- Calamari -- breaded and deep-fried squid, also served with Tzatziki.

Kalamarakia at Cyma Restaurant
Cyma Restaurant Eastwood CityFor me, a trip to Cyma is not complete without a order of my favorite salad, Roka Salata (P330 for a solo serving, pictured above left). I swear, I can live on Roka Salata alone. I love the combination of mixed greens, candied walnuts, sundried tomatoes, and shaved parmesan. The Greek Vinaigrette dressing also gives me a good feeling because it's very tangy, flavorful, and light. I always feel sinful whenever I have those heavy cream-based dressings. I chose the Seafood Swordfish Souvlakia Souvlaki (Greek Shish-Kabobs, P395, pictured above right) for my main dish that night -- two sticks of thick and juicy swordfish chunks grilled and skewered with fresh vegetables. All Souvlakia Souvlaki variants are served with a big Pita and yogurt garlic sauce.

Cyma Restaurant Eastwood CityThe star of the night was definitely the Arni Sto Fourno Me Patates (Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb, P3000, pictured above left) which was served on a big platter. One order is good for at least 5-6 people. I don't really like lamb because it has a certain odor that bothers me but I just had to try this P3000 dish. The good news is, Arni Sto Fourno Me Patates didn't have any aftersmell or aftertaste. It was very tender yet lean, and definitely a big hit with our group. For dessert we decided to go with their new Keyk Mi Banana (P220, pictured above right), which is banana cake drizzled with brandy syrup and served with fresh bananas, roasted walnuts, caramel, and vanilla ice cream. It was good but hard to have a lot of since it's really sweet. Keyk Mi Banana isn't in Cyma's menu, it was simply written on a small chalkboard on the wall as one of their latest offerings.

All in all I thought we had a lovely dinner at Cyma. Sure, it was kind of crowded and noisy but the food and service were very good. It's best to dine here in a group so you can try out a variety of Greek dishes and share the costs.


CYMA Estiatorio
Level 2, New Eastwood City Mall
Libis, Quezon City
709-1955
http://www.cymarestaurants.com


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