January 20, 2013

Cibo: Our Favorite Restaurant


 Cibo, Alabang Town Center

Our blog has reviewed many a restau. Typically we focus on flavours, or the service and occasionally the ambience. Today, we’d like to do something different. In our excitement and eagerness to review the new and the fresh, we often forget the places we frequent: our local, our standard. So today, we’d like to salute Cibo, a place that hold more than a culinary experience for us. After a very difficult day, we realized how much of a gem Cibo really is.

We could tell you about the gorgeous Bellinis and Limoncello Spritzers. We could easily write about the scrumptious crab pasta, pate, their homemade mayonnaise or traditional pizzas. We could even gush about their new Brunch menu and their coffee - perhaps the only decent coffee in town. But everyone already knows that already.

Unlike other restaurants, Cibo holds sentimental value for us. It’s where we go when we’re down, when we need comfort, when we’re hungry and when we’re tired. It’s where we go when I need a decent coffee or a decent drink. It’s where we go for some time alone. It’s where we go when we entertain guests. Cibo has never disappointed, it has always delivered and always been there for us when we needed a decent feed.

For a restau to transcend mere food and become our little alcove is a rarity. Few restaurants can do that, especially a restaurant that’s cheekily opened up more than one venue. That we keep coming back and that we love Cibo without even realizing it is a testament to the subtle and nuanced skill of Margarita Forés in crafting a dining experience that has melded fresh produce, design, service and philosophy into an irresistible combination.

So to Forés, her kitchen staff and floor staff - we salute you. And we thank you.

 Our usual orders: Pate di Fegato for starters and my fave, Maiale Tonnato
Sometimes we have a salad and of course, Mark's mocha
 Aside from ATC's Cibo, we are also regulars in Cibo, Greenbelt 5. We frequent this branch during dinner time.
 After shopping, we often have our snack in Cibo, Glorietta 

Here are our usual orders/faves:
Millie's usual order: PANINO PORCHETTA
roast pig sandwich, Roman-style, crusty roll, 
3 sauces: apple & pear, red wine liver and Mark's fave, lemon mayonnaise

 POLLO ARROSTO LIMONE 
roast chicken, lemon, black pepper, parsley rice pilaf
PATE DI FEGATO CROSTINI
chicken liver pate dip, apple & pear fruit sauce, toast rounds

Recently, Mark has been ordering LINGUINE DI VALENTINO
crab, tomato, chili and cream on linguine
and I always have my CANARINO to go with my meals.



What: Cibo
Where: Glorietta 4, EDSA Shangri-la Plaza, Alabang Town Center, 

              Rockwell Ground Level & Bimbi 3rd Level, 
              Greenhills, Gateway, Trinoma, Greenbelt 5,
              Eastwood, 1109, 1225
Website: http://www.cibo.ph/ 
               https://www.facebook.com/ciboPH
Operating Hours: Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
                            Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 11:45 pm
                            Sun: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Cuisine: Modern Italian
Wine:    Yes, wine and cocktails.
Average dining cost: P800-P1000 for 2 people

Pros:
- Fresh produce, real italian flavours
- Extensive menu, covering the traditional and the modern
- Consistent flavours across all locations
- Kick arse brunch menu
- Good booze
- Great coffee
- Spot-on service

Cons:
- Too many cocktails will thicken the bill
- The place isn't a secret, so everyone's there come dinner time


Some pictures are from Cibo's Facebook page.
Hope this review helped. 
x
 Mark and Millie

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