Athens. Santorini. Zeus. Mt. Olympus. Polis. Socrates. Sparta. Achilles. My Big Fat Greek Wedding. —> These are just some of the things that quickly bring to mind the history-filled country of Greece (the last one is too obvious anyway). With a culture that has greatly influenced the modern world (Hello, Olympics and democracy!) and dates back to more than three thousand years, it’s small wonder that their cuisine is also a must-try. And try, I did. Although, it wasn’t merely trying, but savoring.
The restaurant of choice was Cyma Greek Taverna at EDSA Shangrila Mall in Mandaluyong City. Greek dishes have been known to be more on the healthy side- filled with salads and seafood, so it was really mouthwatering for moi.
Upon entering the restaurant, you immediately sense the love for the color blue and one is reminded of the ever famous Greek city of Santorini.
The walls are painted with images of ancient Greek soldiers and citizens, in blue paint of course. It is quite cozy. The service is fast and the wait staff are friendly and one of them has an amazing memory- he didn’t need to write down our orders in paper!
To start off the meal, there was the Roka Salata, which is a salad made up of “fresh arugula, chopped romaine lettuce, sun dried tomatoes, candied walnuts, shaved parmigiano. Served with traditional Greek vinaigrette.”
As an added appetizer, Kalamata Hummus (velvety chickpeas, tahini, kalamata olive tapenade) was included. Boy, was the hummus literally velvety. Pasta is available if you also feel a bit Italian. Vegetarians are not excluded from the menu. There are several meatless options such as the Meatless Moussaka– layered seasoned green lentils and tofu, potatoes, zuchini, eggplant and Greek bechamel sauce. For a quick look on their menu and corresponding prices, click here.
Overall, the food in Cyma will leave you feeling great about yourself. Why? Because, ‘At Cyma, it’s about bringing people together for a “flourishing” experience that starts with great food then goes beyond by nurturing the soul and the spirit.’
The food tasting occurred on a Sunday to cap off the weekend and to anticipate the start of another work week. But if you tend to have Monday blues, may I suggest that you fight if off with blues as well- Cyma Greek Taverna blues that is. Aside from the eye-catching interiors, the food truly nourishes the soul.
La vie est trés belle (or as they say in Greece: η ζωή είναι όμορφη! Zoi einai omorfi!),