Monday, August 24, 2009

Munching Cyma (Greek Restaurant) - The OPA! experience

Monday, August 24, 2009 2
I've been hearing from friends about the great cheesy foods over at Cyma, the resto was also featured in www.ourawesomeplanet.com.

So.. being a cheese lover, I decided to bring Mich here on our date last Saturday. (we actually frequent Italian restos since we're both cheese addicts.)

We went to Cyma's Trinoma branch located at the mall's 4th level outdoor garden. It's near Jack's Loft and Italiannis. By the way, Cyma, in Greek, means "to flourish".

Having no other hints but Cheese, I actually thought this was just another Italian restaurant (sure glad it was not). Greek cuisine! hmmm now how does Greek food actually differ from those of other countries in Europe? Let's check the Menu.

*click the Picture above to view the Complete Menu
Also take note of the meaning of the tags; Chef's Hat = Chef Recommended, Greece Flag = Original Greece Recipe, Earth Icon = Modernized Recipe, Heart Icon = Healthy/Low Cal.

Starting off with their list of OREKTIKA (appetizers).
One thing special in this place is their especially marked "OPA!" types of food, which they flambeau/light up in front of you, as the waiter (slash cook?) shouts Ohp-PAH! together with all of the waiters inside the resto. OPA! by the way is a greek cheer, similar to saying Hooray!


After seeing one of the tables being served with a flaming plate OPA!-style, we immediately searched the menu for those Flaming dishes. There's actually 3 of them, 2 appetizers (flaming cheese and flaming greek sausages) and 1 dessert (flaming mango). We wanted to try the sausages but they're already out of sausages, guess that's typical for a saturday night date, most of the best sellers are no longer available.










So we ended up trying the Flaming cheese. Served with Greek Garlic Bread (well its garlic bread, no more no less) but the cheese was a different story, it was good and the taste of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) blended well with the flavor of the mozzarella cheese.


Make sure you eat it immediately as the cheese cools down fast and wont stick to the bread anymore when you dip it.

We wanted to try one of their best sellers, the Chicken Gyro (P160), but like the sausages, they're no longer available. So we went and ordered the main course.

Hirine Brizola (P450)


3/4 Inch Grilled Pork Chops with your choice of either Rice-Stuffed Peppers or Greek Roasted Potatoes. We ordered the potatoes since rice stuffed inside peppers didn't appeal to us much.



Me squeezing "Greek" Lemon (lol) over the thick and juicy looking chops..
The Grilled Pork Chops were so far the best that I've tasted, it was so tender I bet even an old gramps who's already without teeth can ground it up by just chewing with his bare gums lol.

But what surprised us was the taste of the Greek Roasted Potatoes! It was flavourful but you can't really describe what was in it or why it tasted that good. Needless to say it was really yummy. As how Mich described it, it was like eating mashed potato that wasn't mashed.


Our next stop is Pasta!
Garides Mi Feta Spaghetti (P450)


Believe it or not, we were already full by the time we finished the porkchops and potatoes. Not to mention that we were very hungry upon going to the resto. So we just had the pasta for take out.

First of all the serving is quite generous, we only ordered for the solo plate but what we got was still good for two. Like 2 servings of Spaghetti at Jollibee.



See the Giant prawns? What I loved about this one is the fresh taste of the Prawns, plus the taste of feta cheese giving the spaghetti an added cheesy salty taste. Other than that, its just like any normal restaurant's spaghetti, similar to those from Italiannis and Cibo. So I would actually recommend the Pork Chops over this one.




Since we were already full, and still had a movie to watch, we didn't try anymore any of the deserts. We wanted to be early so we could see if the trailers in the 3D cinema will be in full 3D or only the main movie. Well we weren't disappointed. But that should go on a different post.


The Place was also nice, not one of the best that we have been to, the walls were plain and I really like it when they have wall decors showing pictures or anything that gives more information or Trivia about the resto's chosen theme.



Blitz's Bite:

The food is expensive indeed but you'll never regret your visit nonetheless.
You won't get the feeling of not getting what your money's worth. The food is great and we'll definitely come back for the Chicken Gyro and Lamb Chops which are a "Must Try" from what we've heard, oh plus the Spinach and Artichoke Fondue! lol ang dami.



Below are more pictures of the menu with some Greek Trivias/Facts.

Houses in Greece... hmmm doesn't look very different from those in Tagaytay..

To view the High Resolution Pictures, click on the following link: Cyma Photo Album

Monday, August 17, 2009

Coming Soon: Up and District 9

Monday, August 17, 2009 0
Two very promising films are coming into Philippine Cinemas this Wednesday (Aug.19,2009)

While Up has "Kiddie Movie" written all over it, its still a Pixar film and is rated 8.8/10 at www.IMDB.com so... need I say more? After all, we all loved Shrek and Ice Age didn't we?

As for DISTRICT 9, an Action Sci-Fi thriller, well I guess this one's more of a guy film IMO... Aside from the movie having aliens in it (which i'm such a sucker for) it currently has a 9/10 Rating at IMDB.com! C'mon, even Transformers 2 and G.I. Joe didn't get that high of a rating on its opening week... not to mention the ratings or those 2 movies goin down as days went by. Currently, both movies (Transformers2 and GI Joe) have a stable rating of 6/10.

Well... that's about it, I'll just keep my fingers crossed and hope that I'll have the time to watch these two films in Cinemas (best chance I have is this weekend). I'm on night shift and "the GF" is on early shift so... I doubt we'll be able to watch before the weekend.

Links:
Up - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1049413
District 9 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1136608

Friday, August 7, 2009

Star Craft II - Postponed to 2010

Friday, August 7, 2009 0
Blizzard has moved the release date of the real-time strategy game, StarCraft II:
Wings of Liberty
to the "first half of 2010." No, they never dated it; but they have now.

Activision Blizzard's reason for the delay of StarCraft II is reportedly tied to the relaunch of its upgraded Battle.net service, which handles multiplayer for all things Blizzard. In a statement to the Blizzard community, the developer writes "Over the past couple of weeks, it has become clear that it will take longer than expected to prepare the new Battle.net for the launch of the game."

Blizzard calls the new Battle.net an "integral part of the StarCraft II experience and will be an essential part of all of our games moving forward." Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said during an investor call today that the new iteration of Battle.net will likely be ready "early next year."

While disappointing, it's not surprising. Blizzard staffers have indicated a need for a four to six month beta period for StarCraft II, one that has yet to kick off, eight months into 2009.

For now, all we can do is check out the new units and structures by visiting the official website - www.starcraft2.com.

So I guess we should now be expecting Diablo 3 to come out on year... 2020? lol

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