Through the years, I’ve eaten at Cibo countless times, in many of its branches around the metro. We usually patronize the branch at Shangrila Plaza Mall.
Irene and I actually usually order the same thing most of the time.This time, I wanted to veer off and try some of the other stuff on their quite extensive menu, compared to the limited ones they had before.
We started with a Pate di Fegato (P248), which is chicken liver pate with apple and pear sauce.There’s a generous number of crostini on the side to spread the pate, but the pate serving is quite large so we usually have to spread more pate in order to finish the dish.
The apple and pear add a nice sweet touch to the creamy pate and I think this also minimizes the sometimes bitter taste of chicken livers. This is one of our staples when dining in Cibo.
Irene ordered her all time Cibo favorite, Linguine alla Ghiotta (P298), their version of the classic carbonara.She never cooks cream based pasta at home, only tomato based, so we always take advantage of ordering it in restaurants. Cibo’s version has mushrooms, cream and slab bacon. Slab bacon is cured meat from the fattier cut of pork, a little more evil but produces a more fragrant and tastier plate of pasta.
SIL order of Spaghettini Ubriacco (P265), she had the server change the penne to spaghettini. This was a simple pasta dish that contained vodka, tomatoes, cream and chili peppers, suitable for vegetarians like SIL that day.
I wanted to order something healthier so I ventured to the seafood part of the menu and finally picked Filletto di Pesce w/ Pomodoro Funghi Trifolati (P383). This is composed of 3 pieces of fish fillet, don’t know what fish, topped with mushroom and tomato sauce. The pan grilled fish fillet was cooked just right. The freshness of the fish was complimented by the sweet, tangy tomatoes and contrasted by the earthy and meaty mushrooms. I’d like to try the other sauces, mint squid ink and basil pesto cream, next time.
Our usual drink is the Te Freddo Menta (P88), refreshing ice tea with mint syrup. Mixing the syrup produces a nice green tinted drink.
Its always a pleasure to eat at Cibo and this time was no different. The wait staff is attentive and knowledgeable. The food and ambiance is excellent even if it is located literally in the middle of the mall. Actually this is a good thing, you can while the time away looking at people passing by. This reminds me that we still have 10 coupons bought from pakyaw.com.ph.
2nd Level, Shangri-la Plaza Mall,
EDSA cor Shaw Boulevard