Potts Point Cafe and Ramen Yushoken: Revisited

Well hello! Yet another new category here at FoodMetroManila! This is revisited, where restaurants previously reviewed are revisited to see if there have been improvements, if the quality has gone to the dumps, or if nothing happened. We’re starting it off with Potts Point Cafe in Eastwood City and Ramen Yushoken in the Alabang Molito Complex. Enjoy!

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Potts Point Cafe

Originally reviewed o2/14/15 – Potts Point Cafe: Great Food and Coffee at Eastwood Mall

Second Floor, Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City

Second Floor, Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City

It’s the quaint cafe on the second floor of the Eastwood Mall that has it’s beautiful interior design being ruined by the bright blue colors of the jumbotron across from it. It still carries “organic foods” and “delano coffee” and is still pricey.

Just in case you forget where you are, they put the place's name on the bottle for the service water

Just in case you forget where you are, they put the place’s name on the bottle for the service water

I had mixed reviews about the food last time and sadly this is still the case. The crumpets are still awesome and you should definitely order it. The only thing we found off was that the blueberry butter on the side tasted like, well, just butter with a slight taste of blueberry.

Crumpets are <3

Crumpets are ❤

The entrees were a letdown. The Seared Pork Tenderloin with Brown Rice Risotto was so disappointing I actually inadvertently frowned when it was presented before me, I couldn’t help it! The pork tenderloin had no look of it being seared and tasted flat. The risotto was soupy it was like lugaw (porridge) and the rice was also overcooked, it was mush.

It doesn't look like it's seared...

It doesn’t look like it’s seared… it is also camouflaged with the rice.

Was the pork tenderloin really seared?

Was the pork tenderloin really seared?

The Organic Parmesan Crusted Chicken Schnitzel with Apple-Maple Bread Pudding with Gnocchi and Brown Sauce that I loved so much the last time still had the one element that ruined it to this day: the damn unfresh and chewy gnocchi. There was an added bonus this time, some of them were burnt.

The gnocchi was bad enough without being burnt

The gnocchi was bad enough without being burnt

So, to recap: I did not enjoy my return to Potts Point if not for the crumpets and me getting to buy a 250g bag of delano organic coffee beans. I am now starting to think that they overprice their dishes just because they put “organic” on everything and give everything such long names.

Ramen Yushoken

Originally reviewed 09/28/14 – Ramen Yushoken: Why it’s worth braving Metro Manila traffic and some crazy toll fees for Ramen and Gyoza

Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

You can actually eat Ramen by Yushoken without having to go all the way down to Brgy. Ayala-Alabang in Muntinlupa. Mendokoro Ramenba is in Makati City, within the Salcedo Village. However, heading over to the orginal location in the Molito complex is recomended so that you can really get the Ramen Yushoken Experience.

Busy for lunch service but you should see the place for dinner. It's always packed!

Busy for lunch service but you should see the place for dinner. It’s always packed!

The broth is still the same fat, creamy, and delicious liquid that really sets Yushoken apart from any other place in the Metro. The shoyu still has that rich, salty flavor but now I also get a pleasant smoky taste. One look at the chashu and I think I have found out why. The piece of melt-in-your-mouth pork now has grill marks and I’m thinking that has added a welcome layer of flavor on this wonderful noodle dish. Everything else was the same fresh goodness I had almost two years ago.

Perfection, Ramen Perfection

Perfection, Ramen Perfection

That is a beautiful bowl of noodles and soup. I don't care that it costs almost 400 Php

That is a beautiful bowl of noodles and soup. I don’t care that it costs almost 400 Php

But it’s not just the Ramen I came here for. I also must have the karaage and of course, the best Gyoza in town. And I am glad to say both are still the same juicy and delicious Ramen partners I have loved before and will continue to love moving forward.

The best gyoza in town. Straight forward, no BS. Just good and fresh pork dumplings.

The best gyoza in town. Straight forward, no BS. Just good and fresh pork dumplings.

Fat and juicy chicken thighs give me fat human thighs. Not complaining

Fat and juicy chicken thighs give me fat human thighs. Not complaining

So, to recap: Loved it. Loved it more than I had two years ago. I don’t need to say anything about Ramen Yushoken other than that really.

Ruminations…

Both locations have pricey food but with different reviews.

Potts point has a menu that I think is making everything too complicated and it seems like they’re trying to compensate for something. Execution has been sub par for my two visits so far.

Ramen Yushoken’s menu sounds simple (barring the unfamiliar Japanese terms) but the flavors of the dishes are quite complex. Execution by the chefs have been down to a T and that’s why people still flock to this place even to this day.

The future looks bright... deeeep!

The future looks bright… deeeep!

That concludes my first “revisited” article. Let me know what you think about on the comments section below! Thank you Metro Manila! Good eating and see you all around the Metro!


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