FOOD STOPS: John and Yoko Consmopolitan Japanese
The Japanese cuisine like the culture fuses modernity and poetry. The western cuisine is diverse and progressive. Fuse the two different worlds together and you have John and Yoko Cosmopolitan Japanese. From the facade of the restaurant you can see that there is harmony with both the east and western elements but the Japanese touch still stands out in the motif.
The name came from the power couple of John Lenon and Yoko Ono who represent the cultures that they came from. Which best describes the feel and taste of restaurant. They currently have two branches one in Greenbelt 5 and a new branch in Alabang Town Center.
The flagship store of John and Yoko Cosmopolitan Japanese, one of the first denizens of then newly built wing of Greenbelt 5, will celebrate its 5th year of operations this coming October 2012. To give back to ever-supportive guests and restaurant enthusiasts, they are incredibly thrilled to present an early treat by offering their latest and updated menu which features a handful of new items, giving guests a wider selection of delectable delights.
Prior to that, due to the unwavering patronization of diners and its continuous success, a bigger reason to celebrate is the birth of its second store located at the ground floor of Alabang Town Center. Tagged as the “Greatest Hits”, this branch offers the finest of John and Yoko’s selections, serving only the best fusions from the east and from the west.
For starters, you’re off to a good fire up with Big Star Salad (greens with grilled prawns, cherry tomatoes, mango, walnuts with teriyaki sauce and miso dressing) for only P368 and Sunset Prawn Salad (greens with fruit salad topped with fried prawns) for only P358. You’ll fall in love with the famous Chicken Teriyaki and Mango Pizza for only P309 and the appetizing Shrimp Enoki Pizza for only P368. They revamped the shabu-shabu items (All-Meat for only P389 and Seafood for only P499) giving diners their choice of black miso, brown miso, or kimchi base. They will not fail to serve the well-loved Crunchy Kani Roll (fried crabstick with cucumber and Japanese mayo) for only P278. Smoked Salmon and Tuna Roll, a new name in the sushi list, is a must-try for all John and Yoko followers for only P239.
It was a simultaneous launch both in Greenbelt and ATC branches, of the hottest twist on traditional Japanese donburi titled “Bowl it or Sizzle it!” which gives customers a choice between the customary donburi (Gyudon, Katsudon, Tonkatsu Torikatsu Curry, etc.) served in rice bowls, or served in sizzling plates. The proposal is indeed irresistible and how can anyone miss the opportunity to try it?
Lastly, one must not fail to miss John and Yoko’s signature dish, the Japaella (sauteed Japanese rice with Spanish chorizo, onions, molinera, garlic, bell peppers, topped with chicken and shrimp) for only P589, the perfect combination of rice, seafood and meat. Gloriously finish the wonderful dining experience with these divine drinks, Choco Godzilla for only P168, and Flavored Yakults (orange, mango, strawberry of green apple) for only P108.
The interior of the restaurant is a splendid feast in the eyes. While taking pleasure from every bite of the dishes, one will fall short of putting behind the majestic monochromatic tree branches' and birds' silhouette designs partnered with red velvet on the walls; plus the fancy chairs with animal skin designs (giraffe, snake, tiger and leopard skins) added the Tim Burton-ish animalistic and fairytale kind of vibe and ambience, as accented even more by the dim lights and illuminated round modules of reds and purples. They also feature bookshelves displaying collections of old books and novels, small vintage suitcases and lamps, and antique frames containing photos of Japanese characters and individuals, a mix exhibiting a familiar scene of a time-traveler's bookshelf. To put in a little more entertainment, classic Japanese films are being projected on the wide red velvet wall to give viewers more amusing spectacles.
John and Yoko promises to make more diners embrace the cosmopolitan Japanese concept it offers. The people behind it guarantee to bestow further from what it had provided already, more than what is only perceived by the eyes - unmatched value for first-rate Japanese dishes by internationally-trained chefs, and exceptional service by dynamic and compassionate dining team.
For our HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for this stop, we say YAY to the Chicken Teriyaki and Mango Pizza which a great combination of ingredients which are not usually used in making pizza but is a win!
We also spoted newly-engaged blogger couple Cathy Copaway (Chinese na Matakaw Food Blog)Abe Alhambra (http://iabenormal.blogspot.com/). I think this is the first event, they came as an engaged couple. The restaurant is a great place for dates, anniversaries and even birthdays which we also witnessed one when we dined at the Alabang branch.
1. Sizzling Tonkatsu Torikatsu Curry - P328
2. Sizzling Katsudon - P268
3. Sizzling Gyudon - P348
4. Big Star Salad - P368
5. Sunset Prawn Salad - P358
6. Seafood Shabu-Shabu Black Miso Base - P499
7. All-Meat Shabu-Shabu Kimchi Base - P389
8. Chicken Teriyaki and Mango Pizza - P309
9. Shrimp Enoki Pizza - P368
10. Smoked Salmon and Tuna Roll - P239
11. Crunchy Kani Roll - P278
12. Japaella - P589
1. Flavored Yakult - P108
2. Choco Godzilla - P168
John and Yoko Cosmopolitan Japanese is located at the 2nd Level, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City.
Sunday to Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday to Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
For inquiries and reservation kindly call (02) 729-8698.
ALABANG TOWN CENTER BRANCH
John and Yoko Cosmopolitan Japanese is located at the Lower Ground Floor, New Wing, Alabang Town Center.
Monday to Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday to Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.