From the owners of The Old Spaghetti House, Grilla, and The Shrimp Shack comes another exciting concept for all the foodies in search of something new. Potts Point Cafe, a restaurant concept from the sunny Land Down Under, has made its way to the Philippines and is now ready to serve you an all-organic menu. And while it does break my heart to know that it replaced Swensen’s Ice Cream House (also under the same management), I have high hopes for Potts Point’s organic menu and how it will capture the hearts and stomachs of the hungry crowd.
I, too, am new to the healthy organic diet craze, and had to research on what exactly sets organic food apart from the regular stuff that we consume. Apparently, what makes organic crops healthier is grown in safe soil, and is free from any modifications. As for organic livestock, they live on organic feed, and may not be introduced to any antibiotics, growth hormones and other animal by-products. The criteria may seem stringent, but what it makes sure of is that the antioxidant levels and important nutrients in organic food is much higher than that of regular processed food. Other than that, doesn’t it feel more comforting to be consuming something that’s fresher and free from pesticide? All the pesticide on your greens doesn’t go down the drain with thorough washing, you know.
So, if you’re now sold on the idea of ditching regular food for organic, let’s get started!
Can you tell if this is a pizza or a salad? It’s both! (but under the menu, is classified as a salad). With all the greens topping their artisan pizza, you never have to feel guilty about stuffing a whole pizza in your mouth. The best part is, its got organic sausage and bacon in it, and topped with sweet-tasting raspberry vinagrette. It’s big enough to be shared by two people, and might be something you’d like to have for an afternoon snack.
Looking to get a quick bite? These crumpets will do just the trick! Crumpets are thick, spongy bread that are often enjoyed with your choice of jam or spread. In this case, you can choose from Grilled Three Cheese Toast (toasted crumpets that comes with an organic puree dip) or Strawberry, Kiwi and Ricotta Cheese. Both are equally chewy and enjoyed with an overflowing serving of the dip!
The Eggs Benedict has got to be my favorite dish among those we’ve had (excluding the desserts ;) purely because of the eggs. However, for the price, I’d really love to see them serve a little more.
I’m always hesitant to put something in my mouth that has squid ink in it, but for the love of food, I committed to devouring my share of the Squid Ink Spaghetti. It was very flavorful, not to mention, it’s my first time to see a pasta dish made with squid ink. However, this is not a dish you’d go for when you’re on a date (or at least not on your first date!) It takes a lot of effort (not to mention, tissues) to wipe the black stains away.
Another crowd favorite was the Vietnamese-Style Organic Slow Roast Pork Belly. It was so well-cooked, that we were so happy with out tender pork meat lined with crispy pork skin. Even the rice was oozing with flavor, as they decided to add pineapples to fried rice. Pineapples! Who would have thought they’d be magnificent in rice? The Pineapple Fried Rice perfectly complemented the pork belly, and everyone raved about how this dish was one of the best pork dishes they’ve ever tasted.
This was another favorite of mine — the Pan-Seared Salmon with Dill Butter and Creamy Mashed Potato. I liked that they substituted rice with mashed potato, and although I know very well that they practically punch the same amount of calories and carbs, the latter choice of carbs makes me feel less guilty. The Pan-seared salmon with the lemony, dill butter was satisfying and tasted very fresh.
I found that many of the items on Potts Point Cafe’s menu were English in origin, as attributed to the earlier stated fact that the newly opened restaurant was strongly influenced by dishes from Australia. Crumpets and Trifle, among other terms, got me looking them up on Google and educating myself on these less familiar kinds of food. I learned that a trifle is a kind of dessert made from custard, fruit, sponge cake, and whipped cream, arranged in layers. I particularly enjoyed this dessert because it wasn’t as sweet as the other desserts, leaving you wanting more.
The Warm Caramel Walnut Pie is perfect for anyone who’s a big fan of nuts. I did like that it was served warm, just like how pie is meant to be served– fresh and warm. The Vanilla ice cream on the side did confuse us a little, because the consistency was very similar to whipped cream, and the conscious eaters, like myself, did not want to touch the whipped cream after the very heavy meal we just had. When later we found out that it was actually vanilla ice cream (that doesn’t look capable of melting) we learned that it was great on the pie, too! Their vanilla ice cream is also artisanal, just like all of their breads and dips.
The most tempting and sinful of all, the Oozin Ozzie Chocolate Cake a la mode, is a treat for all chocolate lovers! It resembles a lava cake, only, it’s just really soft at the core, but doesn’t ooze out chocolate liquid goodness when you slice it to reveal the middle portion of the cake. No one did seem pretentious enough to touch the strawberries, although we should have opted to eat them too, because they’re organic!
As for the drinks, they offer coffee, fresh juices, shakes, and smoothies. Fresh Juices are priced at Php 150, while shakes and smoothies cost Php 135. They even have a Breakfast Smoothie if you feel like skipping on your first meal of the day, but want something heavy enough to provide you energy to last you until your next meal. I had the Banana-Berry Smoothie, and liked how they chose to not add sugar to it by default, but found it lacking in flavor. I had to ask for a serving of honey to make it sweet enough for me. If you enjoy drinks from Jamba Juice, and other juice establishments that operate on the same idea, you will enjoy the juices, smoothies, and shakes Potts Point Cafe has to offer.
Price Range: Php 400/head
Overall, I found that the quality of meals as well as the promise of new, sensational flavors compensate for the steep price range. Potts Point Cafe is a great choice for those who are keen on incorporating flavorful and organic and artisanal dishes to their diet.-HANA
Potts Point Cafe
2nd. Flr. Veranda, Eastwood Mall
1100 Quezon City, Philippines
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