Sushi, Maki, Sukiyaki, Gyoza, Katsudon, Teriyaki, Teppanyaki. Woohoo. I am getting hungry again.
Do you believe in love at first sight? I think I do. I fell in love with Japanese food the moment I laid my eyes on it. The simple presentation, the vivid colors, the playful mix of meat, seafood and veggies… Wheew! It’s truly a wonderful sight to behold, a sight enough to make me wonder why I once doubted love. hahaJapanese cuisine is popular in the Philippines. Many major cities all over the country have good Japanese restaurants. It is no wonder that some of its more popular dishes like sushi, teriyaki and tonkatsu are now also being served in Filipino restaurants.This is the first of my Japanese resto raves. I assure you, I have a lot more coming so keep posted.
Let me introduce you to John and Yoko. Oh no, they are not people. John and Yoko is a restaurant located in Greenbelt 5. I have first eaten here way back 2009 and I have included it in my top 10 Japanese resto list since then. This restaurant has a hip and modern ambiance. More of like an “East meets West” concept rather than a traditional/authentic one.
So why do I keep coming back? I will share to you some of my faves in this resto and let you figure out why.
First up is the bacon wrapped enoki. This is a flavorful appetizer made of everyone’s favorite: bacon. I like the flavor of this dish. It’s smoky, tasty and truly lip-smackin’. The mild, delicate flavor of the enoki complement the slightly salty taste of the bacon.
Next up is the Beef Teppanyaki, it’s a dish made up of bite-sized seasoned beef chunks cooked in an iron griddle and topped with sauteed bean sprouts. The flavor of this dish and the tenderness of the meat won me over. You can have the meat cooked the way you like it: rare, medium-rare or well done. Just don’t forget to inform the waiter upon ordering.
Last but not the least is one of my all-time fave Japanese dishes, Katsudon. It is a dish composed of perfectly-cooked Japanese rice topped with deep-fried pork cutlet, egg and other spices. It is then drizzled with katsudon sauce thus giving it its distinct playful sweet and salty taste.
So have you figured out yet why I like it here? Well, it’s actually a no-brainer. John and Yoko offers a good dining experience. Food is flavorful, serving is just right and ambiance is great. Life is sweet indeed.
John and Yoko Cosmopolitan Japanese 2/F Greenbelt 5 Legaspi St Ayala Center, Makati Contact No. (02) 729-8698