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Date archives October 2010

Food / Philippines

Dinner at Cyma

Cyma is easily becoming one of my favourite restaurants, mostly because of the Roka Salata. I would come more often if I weren’t scrimping on food expenses as of late.

Service is great on a Saturday, I suppose it was not such a busy night. I had unpleasant experiences in the past with slow orders and inattentive waitstaff.

Saganaki (P200), served in a sizzling plate with herbed bread. Behold the waitstaff shouting OPA! as they serve this dish.

Roka Salata, family size (P680, more than enough for 4 people). Arugula, lettuce, sun-dried tomatoes, candied walnuts, and generous shavings of parmesan. It’s such well-balanced salad with the right amount of sweetness and tang. I cannot believe I didn’t discover this any sooner. I can eat it every day!

Moussaka (P250). Ground meat, eggplant, and Greek bechamel sauce.

Hirine Brizola (P450). 3/4 inch thick grilled pork chops with roasted potatoes. Juicy and cooked just right.

Chicken Souvlaki (P340). Grilled chicken skewers with spinach rice and pita.

Cyma Estiatorio
G/F Greenbelt 2
Ayala Center, Makati
Philippines
(02)729.4837
http://cymarestaurants.com

Food / Philippines

Escolta at Manila Peninsula

My mom got us a Peninsula membership card and one of the benefits of being an early member is a free lunch/dinner for two at one of the hotel’s restaurants.

Lovely Old Manila interiors

different breads with tuna and liver pate. I wasn’t able to try the fruit spread.

Amuse bouche, two of each. Stuffed grapes and salmon rolls.

There’s a raw seafood bar where you can have as much oysters, lobster, mussels, and prawns as you want. We had these oysters steamed. I’ll dare to have it raw with lemon juice the next time. As an aside, Anthony Bourdain realised his love of food at 10 years old when he had his first taste of raw oysters in Arcachon, France.

generous servings of salmon sashimi and maki

From the salad bar: lettuce and arugula with pine nuts and parmesan cheese.

Heart attack on a plate. Pork belly.

At this point my belly is close to exploding. Lobster, pork humba, mussels, roast beef with red wine jus, potato gratin. The beef and gratin are delicious.

Final plate, desserts. Cheesecake, fruit, fondue, biko, purple yam, chocolate panna cotta. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to try the selection of artisanal ice cream because I was too full– I was particularly interested in the pink guava ice cream.

The food selection is not as large but it is still more than enough. There’s a cheese station, pasta, free coffee and tea. The chefs also can make risotto and noodles to order. I’ll go back again if budget allows it.

Escolta
Manila Peninsula
Makati City, Philippines
(632) 887 2888 Ext. 6694