10 Great Places for Mediterranean Food in Manila (Spot.ph)

(This feature was published in Spot.ph last August 13, 2018)

Fun fact: Mediterranean cuisine spans different countries and continents, all of which surround the Mediterranean Sea–and it’s not just all about Greek or Italian food, it also features cooking from Cyprus, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. Yes, there’s more to Mediterranean food than just gyros and kebabs! The Metro has all these specialties if you’re willing to look. We’ve scoured all the best dining spots in Manila where you can indulge in this under-the-radar cuisine that has some of the best food in the world. Time to try something new!

Cyma

You can’t help but say “opa” once you sample the specialties in Cyma, which has been around for over a decade now. Chef Robby Goco of the famed Greek chain actually traveled to Greece to bring the closest thing to authentic to the local palate. The Saganaki (P220) has always been a crowd pleaser because of the drama that the flaming cheese brings to the diners. There’s a bunch of meat and seafood dishes, but one of the bestsellers to date is the Roka Salata (P370/solo), a fresh salad that combines arugula, romaine, sun-dried tomatoes, candied walnuts, Parmigiano Regiano, and traditional Greek vinaigrette, which is surprisingly a hit with many Filipinos.

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