Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday, September 08, 2014
Organic Pork Sausage Shakshuka

The cliche that Potts Point, an inner-city suburb of Syndey is like the Paris of Australia, is something that has enthralled a lot of tourists. Those who have been fortunate to visit the area can attest that it really is like a slice of the French capital. 

"I Love QC!" Blog Series Tour

Dining at a similarly named restaurant in the international cuisine-oriented mall called Eastwood in Libis, Quezon City, I met an Australian who have been to Potts Point himself. Over organic dishes, he opined how the restaurant stays true to the location that it pays homage to. 

My visit of Potts Point Cafe was part of my 2-day "I Love QC!" Blog Series Tour which had me cover another restaurant in the same mall and a newly-opened budget hotel in Quezon Avenue.

Organic Roasted Chicken Fillet

Organic Sausage and Bacon Pizza Salad

Late Lunch

For my late lunch, I feasted on inventive and indulgent dishes that touched on Tunisia's favorite Shakshuka or poached egg in tomato sauce dish, the pseudocereal quinoa, and a pasta salad that had the ingredients of a deluxe pizza. I learned from the Area Manager of Swensen's, the restaurant group that operates Potts Point Cafe (PPC), that most of their ingredients are organic and, therefore, healthy.

Tunisia-Inspired Appetizer

Initially served were the appetizing Shakshuka that PPC calls Organic Pork Sausage. As with all Tunisian-oriented dishes, the ingredients may look inexpensive but tasty. It was served with organic egg and toasted baguette. 

Sweet and Nutty Soup

For a sampling of soup, I had the Roasted Organic Butternut Squash which is popular in Australia and differently called as butternut pumpkin. The soup was served with organic bacon and cream cheese ravioli. All in all, the dish tasted both sweet and perfectly nutty. 

Salad and Pizza In One

Perhaps, the highlight of the PPC medley of dishes for food-tasting was the Organic Sausage and Bacon Pizza Salad which initially can confuse an average Filipino diner. Are we being served a salad or a pizza or both? For me, the zest-flavored pasta salad having the standard ingredients of a pizza makes for good conversation. It was served with raspberry vinaigrette. 

Are we being served a salad or a pizza or both?

More Potts Point Cafe Treats

Lovers of creamy pasta will find PPC's Salmon Linguine satisfying. I only had a few forkfuls of it as it was exceptionally filling. It was served with capers in dill cream sauce.

I also sampled the Organic Roasted Chicken Fillet which I loved tasting with with salsa verde and mango cream. It even had garlic yoghurt sauce. The slight bitter flavor came from the quinoa-red rice salad which looked beautiful before I tore into the chicken fillet. 

Salmon Linguine

Sweet Parting

Since any meal is worth a sweet parting, I anticipated only the sweetest confections from PPC. True to its Swensen's roots, the English Sticky Toffee Pudding had a serving of Vanilla Ice Cream. Another remarkable dessert was the Butter-scotch Budino with Salted Caramel which was served with the French favorite Diamond Sable Cookies. I should note that sable means sand in French so you can just imagine how tasty-crumbly the cookie was.

A Cup of Delano

To wash down all the flavors I feasted on, I also had a cup of the restaurant's signature coffee brand called Delano which is a specialty coffee roasting company that does business in Australia. 

All in all, my late lunch at Potts Point Cafe was satisfying and quite filling. I highly recommend the Organic Pork Sausage Shakshuka and the Organic Sausage and Bacon Pizza Salad.

Potts Point Cafe

Address: 2nd. Level, Veranda, Eastwood Mall, Quezon City, Philippines

Phone: (02) 426-1635

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