Persephone in Makati Gives Your Tusok-Tusok Fish Balls a Posh Twist
This colorful and creative restaurant always gives you something new from their ever-changing menu.
Persephone - A Seasonal Kitchen
120 Jupiter Street, Barangay Bel-Air, Makati City
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) If you know your Greek mythology, you might remember Persephone—the beautiful goddess of spring and harvest and the queen of the underworld. According to legend, her story is the reason for the shift in seasons.
Persephone’s story left such a huge impact on restaurateur Jessie Roasa that she decided to name her newest food venture after the goddess. After all, the restaurant, which is located along Jupiter Street in Makati, can be best described as a seasonal kitchen. Simply put, this means that diners can expect the menu to shift like seasons every now and then.
Jessie explains, “A seasonal kitchen might sound new to a Filipino crowd, especially because we only have two seasons. But what I want to allude to is that Filipino taste changes so fast. The seasonality aspect does not only refer to the harvest or the products, but it’s also dependent on the trend and what’s in the market right now. It’s very dependent on where everything gravitates towards, and I want to be able to glide with that. It gives me enough flexibility but also enough of a framework to be able to work with how everything’s changing.” With this promise of variety, visitors will always have something new and exciting to look forward to.
Upon entering Persephone - A Seasonal Kitchen, your first instinct would probably lead you to take a photo of the colorful floral mural, an embodiment of Persephone as the deity of spring time. This splashy wall is a precursor to what people can expect in their dining experience—one that is characterized by very vibrant and lively dishes and drinks.
Their Fishballs (P185) might just be the prettiest (and most luxurious) version of the classic Filipino street food you’ll ever see. These golden-brown balls are made of
Chances are, most people aren’t big fans of
When eaten hot, the soft and thick udon swimming in a creamy, silky sea of liver sauce will turn your world upside down. The morsels of salted egg make for another nice surprise in this already surprisingly good dish, and they certainly go well with the sweet
Jessie loves her rice and knows many Filipinos can’t live without it. We bet you haven’t seen
On top of the garlic-confit rice are strips of mildly spicy sirloin steak. The tender beef strips are seasoned well enough to bring out the true flavors of the meat. Meanwhile, the pickled onions lend a streak of satisfying sourness to the dish, while the crunchy kimchi gives it a touch of heat. The fresh red cabbage and leeks give this
Miso Glazed Salmon
The artistically plated Miso Glazed Salmon (P420) will make you feel like you’re having a fancy meal at a fine-dining restaurant. Yes, it’s pretty to eat, but once you do dig in, you’ll want to lick your plate clean. The fresh salmon is topped with an indulgent dill-butter dressing and is served with pickled red radish, plus a sauce made of sweet edamame and carrot purée, and miso glaze. These sauces, when eaten with the juicy, buttery salmon will excite the palate in more ways you can imagine.
The Moscow Mule (P320), which is a mix of Smirnoff, Bickford & Sons Ginger Ale, and lime is the perfect drink to down, especially on a hot day.
The drinks are just as spirited as the dishes. Jessie says, “Persephone is the goddess of seasons. And when it comes to her shifting from where she’s living—the overworld and the underworld—that’s what I like to present. We have comfort food, but we also serve drinks. But the drinks are given like introductory cocktails.” She mentions that whenever she hangs out with friends, most of them turn down hard drinks. Thus, she gives their beverages a bit of a “Persephone flair” by making them sweeter to mask the strong flavors of the alcohol.
Persephone is not just a restaurant; it’s a passion project. Jessie has dipped her feet in all aspects of the food industry. She has worked in various restaurants and food
It’s that commitment to dynamism that Jessie hopes would set them apart from other restaurants in the area. “There are a lot of ways that I’m very similar to other restaurants. But for me, I’m forcing myself to be dynamic. Other restaurants can take their time. For me, I want myself and also the staff to be constantly challenged. If I don’t change my menu in a few months’ time, then why did I open a
Whatever time of day, Persephone guarantees that you will have a ball. Just as the goddess Persephone is associated with the switching of seasons, the