Casual Dinner: John and Yoko

by - Friday, February 03, 2017

John and Yoko
2/F Greenbelt 5, Legazpi St., Ayala Center, Makati City




I've been to this restaurant before, but we weren't too satisfied with their food that we never thought we'd come back again, until a news about it emerged. John and Yoko underwent massive renovation that you won't see a trace of its old design to the new one. I'm not sure if this change includes the revamping of their menu, though. Because of this, the foodie in me convinced me to give the restaurant another try.
My friends and I have been planning on having a Christmas dinner last month, which obviously didn't push through because of our schedules, until Tuesday night. Since it's been decided that we have our dinner in Greenbelt, I suggested that we have our dinner at John and Yoko.

Okay, I love their interiors. It's good that they good rid of their dark ambiance, which is the only thing I remember from my previous visit. The baby pink, blue and white theme is calming to the eyes. The wooden furnitures, paintings and small displays are also a nice touch and perfect for my date with my girlfriends. One small thing though, the setup doesn't give any clue about the place being a Japanese restaurant. But nevertheless, it's still better than before.
We ordered the spicy chicken rambla, salmon carpaccio, shoyu grilled beef, and salmon aburi teishoku.
  • SPICY CHICKEN RAMBLA P298 

•Sweet and spicy chicken fillet•mixed greens•wasabi mayo dressing• 
Salad good for sharing. I loved the fried chicken fillet on top. It's flavorful and crispy. The wasabi mayo dressing was okay. I was first worried that the wasabi taste might be strong, but it wasn't. There was also only a hint of spice both in the dressing and chicken. It wasn't overdressed as well.

Salmon Carpaccio P358

•arugula•salmon•shredded parmesan•truffle ponzu• 

Around 10 thin salmon slices in a light truffle and ponzu mixed sauce, the taste of which is very obvious in the dish. I loved the ponzu because it added the citrus flavor. It's also best eaten with the arugula, parmesan and salmon altogether so you can enjoy the combination of the different flavors.

  • SALMON ABURI TEISHOKU P448 

There's ramen (I think it was shoyu chasyu. I just don't know if you can choose your ramen. We weren't asked, though) salmon aburi, tamago. This is one super sulit meal! It's good for sharing especially since both are carbs. There are also other combinations available. I wasn't able to try the salmon, but I got a taste of the ramen and it was good. I'd love to come back and share this with someone.
  • SHOYU GRILLED BEEF P328 

I wasn't able to have this, but my friend has tried it before. She immediately said yes when I suggested to eat at John and Yoko because she wanted to order this again. It must be really good.
I have mixed feelings about their service. Some of the servers were friendly while the others weren't so much. They didn't get any of our orders wrong but they did forget to give us some water (even if we asked for it). Although, they were able to provide us with their service tea. There's just something about their service that's unsettling, but not to an extremely bad level. It's still okay.
Needless to say, I enjoyed this visit compared to my previous one. I'd love to come back to try more of their dishes, although some I believe are a bit pricey. That Teishoku set is something I'd definitely take advantage of.


My score:
Pricing – 3/5
Service – 3/5
 Ambiance – 4/5  
Taste – 4/5
Date of Visit: January 3, 2017

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