Saturday, August 30, 2014

First bite: Potts Point Café

We were strolling around Eastwood when a restaurant caught our eye: Potts Point, a restaurant/café that serves Australian organic coffee (Delano). We decided to go in and try their caffeinated concoctions, as well as their savory fare.

We tried the Smoked Salmon and Spinach Eggs Benedict and the Australian Grass-fed All Beef Burger for brunch. Then we had a cup of Organic Hot Chocolate and a serving of Affogato, along with a piece of Belgian Chocolate cookie.

The Smoked Salmon and Spinach Eggs Benedict (Php 385) was delicious. Fresh crumpets (English-muffin-looking, caky pancakes) topped with flavorful ham, poached eggs, and salty smoked salmon, all smothered with a heavenly hollandaise sauce. All the components blended together perfectly, resulting to a clean-tasting dish. Each bite was satisfying, both to the palate and the stomach.

Our next dish, the Australin Grass-fed All Beef Burger with Australian Cheddar, Pickled Beets, Olive Oil Aioli, and House-made Brioche Bun with Baked Sweet Potato Wedges (Php 385). The patty was thick and meaty, although a bit dry and salty (it was served medium-well.). Good thing the pickled beets and aioli tempered the saltiness of the beef. The brioche was a delight to eat because it was fresh. Another delight were the sweet potato fries; they were sprinkled with cheese and came with ketchup, so good contrast and play of flavors.

Now to our drinks. First off, the Organic Hot Chocolate (Php 140): it was creamy, had ample good chocolate flavor, but a tad too sweet. But we liked the little chunks and nibbles of chocolate at the bottom of the cup. Then, the Affogato (Php 155): delicious and velvety vanilla ice cream with a shot of organic coffee. We tasted the two components separately and both were good; the ice cream was not too sweet, and the coffee and a full, robust, deep taste. And together? Delicious.

Lastly, we had a piece of Belgian Chocolate (Php 60). The cookie was soft, buttery, and teeming with chocolate, and not too sweet.

Price: The prices on the menu are VAT-inclusive, but there's a 10% service charge. All things considered, the food here is a little expensive. But the coffee drinks, we think they're reasonably priced.

Place: Nice homey and rustic decor. They need to work on the exhaust though because we left the place smelling a little like our food. Nevertheless, the café is conducive to chats and catch-ups, even dates.

Service: Our food was served promptly. Our waitress, the manager, and the chef were all nice and warm.

Potts Point Café is on the 2nd floor of the Eastwood Mall, Veranda area.

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