I grew up eating fast food meals that's why I had bloated this big (I'm not about to give away my weight though) but sometimes I think about other could've beens. What if I grew up rather eating healthier food options such as purely organic ones? I bet, I would probably be slimmer and wouldn't end up obese sans transfats, chemically-treated meats and veggies and sucrose, right? So when I got an invite from a fellow food blogger to try a posh restaurant called Potts Point Cafe in Eastwood City which serves organic foods on their menu, I immediately said yes.
Potts Point Cafe's name was derived from a place in Australia. The cafe had a chic yet cozy ambiance that will make you feel comfortable right away. Its wooden table and chairs along with displayed books and magazines on the shelf reminds me of my favorite hangout during my college days. The huge black menu boards and tiled walls on the counter added some avant garde to the said cafe.
Now, let's get down to the food. From local salads, appetizers, soups, sandwiches, main entrees, all-day breakfast menu, all the way down to their desserts and coffee--at Potts Point Cafe, they make it a point that they're all from organic sources. What do we mean when we say 'organic'? Well, it means that it does not in any way involve the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin, without any chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics or pesticides. From a foodie point of view, dining at Potts Point Cafe is simply tantamount to eating healthy.
Eggs Benedict--organic bacon and poached organic eggs with Hollandaise sauce on toasted crumpets
For their all-day breakfast menu, we've had Eggs Benedict (Php395). It's made of organic bacon and poached organic eggs with Hollandaise sauce on toasted crumpets. Potts Point Cafe's Egg Benedict is a great way to start off your day. Perfectly paired with your choice of any organic coffee from the menu board--as they claim, you'll be having "coffee without compromise".
We've also tried Strawberry Cheesecake stuffed French Toast with Whipped Cream and Palm Syrup (Php195) and Three Cheese Cheese Toast with Creamy Tomato Puree Dip (Php230). I honestly did not expect these French toasts to be that good, simply because they're just that--French toasts. But the cheesecake stuffed complemented the strawberries on the toasts while the tomato puree dip gave the three cheese toast a tangy twist.
Three Cheese Cheese Toast with Creamy Tomato Puree Dip
Pizza aficionados would also be happy to note that Potts Point Cafe serves organic pizza as well. Made from Organic Sausage and Bacon Pizza Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette (Php275) is literally pizza and salad rolled into one. Instead of the usual tomato paste slathered on the pie dough, you'll be seeing loads of real tomatoes as well as cherry tomatoes on top of it as well as the raspberry vinaigrette. On top of the organic pizza will be green lettuces--reminding you that you're eating healthy organic foods. At Potts Point Cafe, it's so easy to forget that what you're actually eating is 'healthy organic' food because personally (and I think most people do), when one mentions the words "organic" and "healthy"--it's either the food tastes rather 'bland' or not really good. I'm glad that Potts Point Cafe was able to debunk that wrong notion about organic and healthy foods.
Organic Sausage and Bacon Pizza Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette
For entrees, we've had Seared Salmon with Dill Butter, Beet Root Puree and Creamy Mashed Potato (Php495). I find this dish a bit expensive because the seared salmon was somewhat bigger than matchbox in size. I know that pink salmon really costs a lot but I wish they'd do something to lower the price of this dish.
Seared Salmon with Dill Butter, Beet Root Puree and Creamy Mashed Potato
If there's a dish which I'd certainly recommend to friends who'd dine at Potts Point Cafe, it has to be their Vietnamese-Style Organic Slow Roast Pork Belly with Nuoc Cham (dipping sauce) on Pineapple Fried Rice (Php375). For its pice, the portion size is just right. I'm no pork fan because I've always been partial to chicken. Yet when I've had a spoonful of this dish, I'd say this Vietnamese organic slow roast pork belly will easily make me a convert! Succulent pork belly at its finest, indeed! I think this pork belly can stand on its own even without the Nuoc Cham dipping sauce, although admittedly the sauce gives it a hint of sweet and sour taste. Eating this dish is like having a circus of flavors (sweet, salty, sour and umami) on your tastebuds. I bet even those with discriminating palates will be able to appreciate and love this dish. I'm really sorry for vegetarians, but this one really tops my must-try food at Potts Point Cafe. When you dine at Potts Point Cafe, don't forget to order this dish, okay? You'll be missing a lot when you do. In fact, one of these days, I might actually find myself back to Eastwood City and go back to Potts Point Cafe because of this.
Vietnamese-Style Organic Slow Roast Pork Belly with Nuoc Cham (dipping sauce) on Pineapple Fried Rice
We have also tried Squid Ink Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan Shaves, Arugula and Fried Calamari (Php285). I also like this dish although I wouldn't recommend this on a date because the black squid ink from the dish tends to stain not only your lips but also your teeth. You certainly wouldn't want your date to look at you like you're Ursula (the villain character on Disney's Animate Film, The Little Mermaid), right? Eating this dish might be embarrassing on a first date. Give it a little more time, when you're both more comfortable on each other--then, give is dish a try. I find this dish a bit on the salty side although the mere presence of arugula tends to balance its flavor. I guess because the squid being seafood tends to have salt in itself + the parmesan shaves, makes this dish quite salty for my tastebud. Thank heavens for the inclusion of arugula leaves--aside from the rather "nutty" flavor these greens contribute to the dish, it somehow lessens its saltiness. If it had not been for its rather 'too salty' for my taste, I like this dish as well. I know pretty much how to appreciate 'pasta negra'. But my best friend Abby Baino (who almost made it to Pinoy Master Chef sometime ago) still cooks the best squid ink pasta for me. I wish that someday she'd start her own restaurant so that you guys would know I am not biased in saying this.
Squid Ink Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan Shaves, Arugula and Fried Calamari
Potts Point Cafe's Roasted Eggplant, Cherry Tomatoes and Goat Cheese with Creamy Organic Tomato Sauce Linguine (Php275) is also worth a try. Pasta was al dente, served with two slices of crusty bread. It had that Italian style and flavor, which is a whole lot different from what most Filipino-style pasta (yes, the ones we've all grown up with--sweet with hotdogs). Italian style had that rich tomato and somewhat sour taste dashed with a few herbs.
Roasted Eggplant, Cherry Tomatoes and Goat Cheese with Creamy Organic Tomato Sauce Linguine
What you can also look forward to at Potts Point Cafe are their awesome array of desserts. We were lucky to have tried three desserts namely: Warm Caramel Walnut Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream (Php190), Strawberry, Kiwi and Mango Trifle with Light Vanilla and Custard Cookie Crumble (Php185), and the Ozzin' Ozzie Chocolate Cake Ala Mode (Php230). Among the three, I'd say I love the latter. The rich dark chocolate cake is soft on the outside with oozing chocolatey-goodness on the inside. It's like a lava cake and chocoholics will definitely enjoy the Ozzin' Ozzie Chocolate Cake Ala Mode. The Warm Carmel Walnut Pie will surely satiate those with sweet tooth. But I suggest that you share a slice with someone because a slice is good for two person. I also liked it although If I'd have to choose one, I'd still go for the Oozin' Ozzie Chocolate Cake over it. If you prefer something light, Strawberry, Kiwi and Mango Trifle with Light Vanilla and Custard Cookie Crumble is the way to go. Served on a shot glass in a layered way, it's perfect to cap off your meal at Potts Point Cafe.
Warm Caramel Walnut Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
Strawberry, Kiwi and Mango Trifle with Light Vanilla and Custard Cookie Crumble
Ozzin' Ozzie Chocolate Cake Ala Mode
Overall, I'd have to say, Potts Point Cafe is a good place to experience organic and healthy foods. There's nothing like eating foods that are truly good for you sans any preservative. It's a nice restaurant for those who'd like to at least expand their food experience and try to be good to our bodies.
Potts Point Cafe is located at the 2nd Floor, Veranda Area of Eastwood Mall, Eastwood City, Bagumbayan, Quezon City
Special thanks to fellow food blogger, Nines Licad for the invite.
Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.