John and Yoko

It all started with a regular trip to Greenbelt more than a couple of years ago. My mom and I were walking inside the mall when we spotted a group of finely-dressed young adults standing in front of this equally-hip, newly-opened Japanese restaurant. The restaurant’s name and exterior really caught my attention: John and Yoko Cosmopolitan Japanese. I wondered, ‘Cosmopolitan Japanese? I don’t really have an inkling of what that’s supposed to mean, but I sure would like to know’.

… So I ate there on my birthday and ended up enjoying it. Later on, I found out that it was the second (if I remember correctly) Japanese restaurant of the people behind Sumosam, who eventually became known as the Sumosam Group.

Fast-forward to the present, when I passed by the restaurant during another trip to Greenbelt earlier today – John and Yoko was actually our second choice, since the other Japanese restaurant that we were supposed to visit in Greenbelt 3 was closed for the afternoon. It was then that I finally learned the reason why it was called ‘Cosmopolitan Japanese’: This restaurant manages to incorporate both Eastern and Western elements into their food, just like how John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s marriage managed to bring together two different worlds.

Interior. Doesn’t it remind you of Mr. Kurosawa? Or maybe it should be the other way around…

Menu: Ginza tapas & big city teasers, Japanized salads on the Sunset Strip, Soups in the city, Rockin’ ramen & the noodles of immortality, Soho sushi & broadway rolls, Wagyu packaging district, Yakitori republic, From the deep blue sea, Think with tonkatsu, Big city bowls, A nation of blowouts, Too cold to hold, too hot to handle, Brain freeze time.

Crunchy Tuna Roll, aka my go-to order in any of Sumosam Group’s Japanese restaurants.

California Roll.

Tonkatsu Torikatsu. I chose chicken for my katsu this time, instead of pork. The meat was freshly cooked. The skin also had a beautiful crunch to it, and was definitely far from greasy. It came with some shredded lettuce, katsu sauce, and salad dressing.

Sukiyaki. This dish was heaven, but be prepared to shell out 40 bucks for extra soup – Which is inevitable since when it got to our table, the meat/tofu/veggies/noodles had already absorbed half of the broth. Sigh.

It’s so nice to see that the place hasn’t changed so much since I first stepped into this restaurant years ago. The food is still just as tasty, too. I know that several John and Yoko branches have opened up across the metro as years went on, and I think this is just proof that this restaurant will be here to stay for a longer while.

Ambiance/Interior: 4.5/5
Staff/Service: 4.5/5
Food: 5/5 (taste), 5/5 (presentation)

John and Yoko is located at 2/F Greenbelt 5, Legaspi St Legazpi Village, Makati. Tel no: (02) 729-8698. You can also find them at BGC, Alabang Town Center, and UP Town Center. Links: Facebook.

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