Saturday, July 18, 2009

Annabel Lee Cheesecake Cafe and Bistro, Quezon City

Mocha Cheesecake

Blueberry Cheesecake

Annabel Lee Cheesecake Cafe and Bistro
65 Timog Avenue
Quezon City, Philippines
Tel. No. 922-7879/924-4131

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Cyma Greek Restaurant's Molten Chocolate Cake

I had not seen my childhood friend Anjou in a while. She had been traveling off and on for a few months and it had been hard to find some time with her in between her trips. Finally, she was going to stay put in the country for a while, so I was able to arrange a get-together with her.

Anjou is a Makati girl while my working world revolves around Quezon City. We decided to meet halfway, and have lunch at Shangri-la Mall in Mandaluyong City. We agreed on having some Greek food at Cyma.

To start off, we had the Spinach and Artichoke Fondue, which is one of their best-sellers. Aside from the spinach and artichoke, it had a lot of cheese and some sundried tomatoes, and was served with pita triangles and grilled garlic bread on which to spread it. The fondue was a little burnt, but I still liked it.

Spinach and Artichoke Fondue (slightly burnt)

For our main course, Anjou and I shared the Kakavia Entree which had shrimps, mussels, squid, clams, fish fillet and vegetables in a saffron fennel broth. It sounded good on the menu, but I didn't like it all that much. (Not really Cyma's fault. I think it was mostly because I realized belatedly that I was not really in the mood for a watery entree.)

My favorite part of the meal was dessert. I ordered the Skolatina, their version of Molten Chocolate Cake. Anjou found it a little too sweet, but I loved the extra sugar. I just loved how the warm chocolate filling oozed out of the cake and ran into the vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. My only complaint about this dessert is that it’s too small. (It’s probably one fourth of the Molten Chocolate Cake of Chili’s.)

Skolatina (Molten Chocolate Cake)

All told, it was a pleasurable two-hour lunch with Anjou. We caught up on lots of things (although we were often interrupted by the waiters' cries of "Opa!"), bonded over gossip and food, and I had a healthy dose of cheese and chocolate.

Cyma Restaurant
Unit 638 Level 6
Shangri-la Mall
Mandaluyong City
Telefax: 63(02)637-3090