It’s not our first time to dine at JOHN AND YOKO in Greenbelt 5, Makati City. We’re also quite familiar with the other themed restaurants within its group of companies- MR. KUROSAWA Euro-Japanese in Eastwood Mall and SUMO SAM in Shangri la (and other) malls as we’ve tried them a few times already.
John and Yoko, Cosmopolitan Japanese almost appears (and tastes) like the other two mentioned food places which are all co-owned by the local celebrity, Marvin Agustin. They all feature union of the East and the West from their modern ambiance to whatever is served on the plate.
The last time my wife, Tina, our preschooler son, Gabby and I ate there was a few months back. I took pictures of what we enjoyed but unfortunately, I cluelessly pressed something on our cam that deleted every photos I had. It taught me a lesson, big time!
Last Saturday, after few hours of trick or treating, Gabby was finally convinced that we had to munch something as our late lunch before he continues with his Halloween event at Greenbelt. Thankfully, he and his mom agreed on John and Yoko and I was too weak to resist.
It was our first time to try this dish last Saturday and we’re missing it already…
JAPAELLA, PhP 378+. One of Spain’s well-loved dishes was twisted anew with generous slices of chicken teriyaki, bite sized chorizos, my favorite prawns topped with nori strips. These ingredients rest on the most flavorful rice I’ve tested. Japaella also won my wife’s discriminating taste; we’re one in saying that we’ll definitely have this again next time we visit John and Yoko. Did I tell you it comes in enormous serving that’s good for 3 pax? But since it was just perfect for our appetite; I don’t think Tina and I would share it with other friend/s or relative/s, LOL
Gabby ordered one of his staples…EBI TEMPURA, PhP 368+ /5 pieces. Our son nearly finished the entire plate! He had 4 out 5 of those battered prawns. He must be so tired and hungry then or it must have been that delicious for him, or he just really favored it over other Japanese yummies on our table. But I know he also likes kani (crab). He enjoys dipping them on tempura sauce. As for my two-cents worth, it may not be the best tempura in town but heck, Gabby was satisfied so we like this too.
IKA LINGUINI IN TOMATO CREAM SAUCE, PhP 228+. This was my brother’s choice and because of its large serving, of course he had no choice but to share it with us. Crunchy fried squid served as toppings in creamy pasta; not bad…but where’s the tomato?
CHISAU RICE, PhP 208+. Tina ordered this bowl of rice+mushroom+chicken and nori strips. As she puts it, “Masarap naman.” but you know now that she likes my order better than this.
ICED TEA in BLUE (Dalandan), RED (Calamansi), GREEN (Lime), PhP 108+ each/refillable servings. I like my glasses in BLUE and its flavor doesn’t disappoint.
FOOD : A bit pricey as expected of Japanese restaurant, but Japaella will keep us coming back. We also appreciate the use of (heavy) stone wares as plates and serving platters.
AMBIANCE : Although we like its cozy, dim lights with black and white film of Akira Kurosawa being projected on one of its wall the last time we visited; it’s a bothering thought that it can be so congested and a bit noisy during peak hours.
SERVICE : Now, allow me to be extra serious with this. I certainly profess that this resto, along with SUMO SAM and MR. KUROSAWA ULTIMATELY NEEDS IMPROVEMENT when it comes to this department. Their wait staffs, although clad in sexy black uniforms, should attend vigorous trainings on PUBLIC RELATIONS and HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT. Read : THEY’RE NOT SERVICE ORIENTED as they don’t offer smiles and are far from being family friendly compared to other restaurants of the same cuisine.
We waited for several minutes before they attended to our requests with no signs of being apologetic whatsoever.
I controlled my temper during and after we dined but it doesn’t mean I won’t blog do anything about it.
WE ARE PAYING CUSTOMERS and DESERVE nothing but THE BEST SERVICE THAT ONE CAN OFFER. Gaano ba kamahal ang ngiti ngayon? What’s with their 8% service charge if they’re not on their best foot during work?
Let me remind all the UNfriendly wait staffs of John and Yoko that other than the dishes on the menu, SERVICE COUNTS A LOT in restaurant business.
As I’ve stated on this free and unpaid advertisement for John and Yoko, WE LIKE THEIR FOOD BUT PLEASE, they have TO IMPROVE SERVICE….They have to… It’s never too late for change before they lose customers who are supposed to BE VALUED.
Eating should always be a happy activity especially with family. It shouldn’t be less interesting.
We will revisit this resto whenever possible not only to grab a spoonful of that Japaella again but particularly because I am STILL optimistic that they’ll change for the better.
JOHN AND YOKO, 2F Space 205 Greenbelt5, Ayala Center, Makati City. For more of John and Yoko’s menu, click here