CHECK IT OUT: Yomenya Goemon at Greenbelt 3, Makati City
Eating pasta with chopsticks made easy.
2/F Greenbelt 3, Esperanza St., Ayala Center, Makati
Tel. No. +637472048
Open 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
(SPOT.ph) Eating pizza and pasta with chopsticks sounds strange, if not impossible; maybe because chopsticks and pasta are concepts that come from opposite sides of the world. But such a thought is not too impossible in Japan, where locals love their pasta swimming in cream sauce and their pizza loaded with tomato sauce, just as much as they love miso and sashimi. With 34 years serving Japanese pasta under its belt, Yomenya Goemon lands in Manila, chopsticks and all.
So what's the difference between Japanese pasta and Italian pasta? Goemon Singapore Chef Adrian Yeo tells us that it's all in the ingredients. "We import most of the basics from Italy, olive oil, tomato sauce and stuff, but there are some ingredients that are from Japan." The most important difference, Chef Yeo tells us, is in the cream sauce. "The tomato sauce is the same as it is in Italian pasta, but the cream sauce is lighter and not too filling."
There is a selection of 30 pastas in the menu. "One for each day of the month," they joke on their Facebook page. Diners are spoiled for choice when it comes to flavors, but Chef Yeo has a few favorites of his own. He chooses the Mentaiko Pork & Japanese Karashi Tokana (P295) as his favorite. "It's a very complex dish, with flavors that I like to eat when I'm home in Singapore." There are also Filipino-inspired bowls on the menu that are served exclusively in Manila. We hear the Longganisa and Broccoli (P285) is sure to earn raves from Pinoys. Our choice for pasta, though, has to be the Hokkaido Cheese Cream Soup Spaghetti with Scallop, Corn, Bacon & Potato (P295). The name is a mouthful, but so is the pasta. We've always wanted an excuse to slurp our food, and we just got the perfect opportunity. The portion was big enough to share, but we had to admit we couldn't help but be just a little selfish.
As for pizza, the whole room was raving about the Porcini Pizza with Bacon and Three Mushrooms (P450). The pizza itself is big enough to serve two people and delicious enough to make us wish we had room for more.