Whenever I meet my college friends, we always choose Market! Market! as meeting place. It is because this place is the closest landmark from our house and several restaurants to choose from. Blackbeard’s Seafood Island is one of the good venues for friends and family gathering. One of their branches is located in Fiesta Market! near the fountain area. They offered different varieties of seafood and Filipino native dishes.
Blackbeard’s Seafood Island is popular in serving the dishes in “boodle fight” way called Boodle Feast. Inspired in military style of eating using bare hands where the food is prepared in banana leaves. Each set of Boodle Feast contains different combination of seafood, grilled meat and other native dishes served with rice.
One of their Boodle Feast is “Magellan’s Landing”, inspired from a Portuguese explorer who discovered Philippines way back year 1521. Magellanâ€™s Landing contains danggit chips with pineapple Salsa, kinilaw na tanigue, grilled tilapia, grilled squid and shrimps, steamed crab, chicken Inasal, grilled vegetables and bagoong rice.
“Dapitan’s Pride” serve with crispy shrimps, San Mig clams, grilled tilapia, grilled squid, laing, steamed crabs, grilled liempo, kalkag rice.
“Panlasang Pinoy” serve with hipon sa aligue, sinuglaw, guinataang alimango, adobong manok, kare-kareng gulay, ensaladang lato with crispy dilis, plain rice.
They also serve food in single order like chopseuy,
and lechon kawali.
Although it takes time before they serve the dish, it is worth it to wait because of good food and friendly ambiance.
Here’s my rating:
Customer Service: 8/10
Cyma is a Greek restaurant with branches in Boracay, Trinoma, Greenbelt 2, and Shangri-la.
I first encountered Cyma when my boss took us for lunch after a meeting with a client. We went to their branch in Greenbelt. It was only about 11 am so there were not a lot of customers yet but at around 12 noon the place was packed. I noticed mostly were professionals probably from their meeting just like us since it was a weekday. We let our boss order the food since we were not familiar with the dishes listed on the menu. He ordered the angel hair pasta with baby clams, salad with fresh tuna, hummus and pita bread. My favorite among them was the pasta. It looked so simple yet very flavorful. The tuna and salad was also perfect. They were fresh and not overly flavored with just some anchovies and cheese.
Since I really liked the food and the service as well, I suggested this to my boyfriend one time for a dinner. The place was full so we ended up at the table outside which was ok(we had a view of the show on the other restaurant Barcino’s).
We ordered the watermelon salad topped with grilled lamb and feta cheese,
the mixed meat gyro which is a combination of beef and pork wrapped in pita ,
then we also tried the Hirine Brizola, 2 porkchops around 3/4 inch thick with potato wedges. I couldn’t believe how they made the meat so tender and so flavorful. I found my new favorites!
We also have Greece’s national dish called “Moussaka” made of layered seasoned ground pork and beef, roasted Japanese eggplant and Greek bechamel sauce. Salmon Pasta made of angel hair pasta with sauteed salmon with tomato, basil cream sauce, fresh lime juice, feta and parmigiano reggiano. Greek Chicken Adobo is a braised lemon oregano chicken with garlic and EVOO, roasted with Greek potatoes and Feta cheese. Grilled Mezedes or Hot Pikilia is a combination of grilled shrimps served with warm pita bread. Roka pasta is sauteed arugula(roka) and spaghetti with EVOO, pine nuts, grated parmigiano reggiano and fresh tomatoes.
While dining we were surprised when some staff lit up a plate and shouted OPA!!! Apparently they do this when someone orders Saganaki aka flaming cheese.
Now, whenever i want some good salad I only think of Cyma. Their prices are not cheap but I would say it is reasonable for the for the good food that they serve. Whenever I meet up with friends and we do not have any specific place to dine, I always recommend going to Cyma. I suggest you try it too!
Here’s my rating:
Customer Service: 9/10
We visited Atlantis, The Palm Dubai last June 26 to meet our bosses for a dinner buffet with my colleagues. We arrived around 6 pm then we proceed at the main entrance to look around while waiting for our bosses. They came a few minutes later then we proceed at Kaleidoscope restaurant beneath the lobby. Different nationalities were also dining that day with their friends and relatives to celebrate special occasion. The restaurant has a classy and romantic ambiance, and the staff were very accommodating. Since we came for dinner, they prepared candle light, dim light and lovely music for their guest.
Right after we found the tables, the staff approached us for our drinks. I choose mojito, a cocktail with mint and lime flavor. After the staff took our orders, we proceed to food area were you can choose different kind of dishes and dessert. First I went around to explore and plan my meal.
There are lots of mouth-watering dishes and desserts to choose from, they served International cuisine like Arabic, Mediterranean, Italian and Asian dishes.
Maki, sushi and other Japanese dish were freshly made in this area located at the left side of food area.
Different kind of salami and salad were also served in this area.
They also invited us to taste their steak with some sauces and steamed vegetables on the side.
They also have bread, pizza and pasta.
Different cakes and candies were displayed in this station.
Colorful and mouth-watering desserts were prepared in this station at the middle of food area.
I don’t want to take this any longer, so I grabbed a plate and prepared a portion of each dish that I want. I picked fish, beef, fruits and veggies. If I am not mistaken, I got 3 rounds before my last two plates for the desserts. It was disappointing because I really want some more but my body cannot accommodate anymore, so I have to stop. It was a lovely dinner with our bosses, they were very kind and down to earth and we’re looking forward to meet them again soon.