We went to the new mall in the area, the one that has Marks & Spencer and Pottery Barn. At M&S there was no sale but there were many choices not available in the other branches. M&S occupies two floors, Ground and Second. Take note, the ground floor is not the first floor as we know it. It is the second floor. Europe style? M&S has a coffee shop outside its second floor store of men’s clothing where it also sells packed edibles. No, we didn’t go there as it being lunch time, we wanted a full-blown lunch.
Prior to M&S we went to Pottery Barn, an SSI store. Ergo, the bottle opener and potpourri of shells and small “logs” we got at 10% off after I presented my Rustan’s discount card. The goods in Pottery Barn are so pretty – but one must have oodles of money to buy a lot – furniture, cushions, towles, beds, candles, etc. One must also have a huge house because of number of the pieces are chunky.
As we looked at Pottery Barn Kids items, husband said “young parents will go gaga here.” The comforters, pillow and bedsheet sets, the bags, etc. are so enticing. Sigh.
For lunch we went to Sariwon but were told we were second in the wait list. Being hungry, we thought of trying out Tampopo. I’m not sure but at least the Promenade branch is owned by Chris Tiu, so being his fans, we entered the resto.
Service was friendly but that’s about it. Food was so wanting in flavor. Son ordered the ramen with chicken tonkatsu. He put so many different condiments because it was so bland. He tried the Black Pig fried rice I ordered (P200 for a cup – it had shrimps and veggies aside from pork) and said it was the best tasting of the lot. And to think I wasn’t thrilled by it. The fried rice of other Japanese restos like Kimpura, Sumo Sam even, are worlds better. I ordered the Black Pig tonkatsu – the breading was crisp but the meat, while tender, didn’t have any fat. Husband ordered a mini pork rice dish (P150 only). He didn’t say anything about it. For me, the best thing served was the sesame dressing for the cabbage.
Disappointing really. Oh we also had gyoza, the one with a sauce which sold more than its fried version did, waiter said. Was there a hint of ginger? It was a tad dry – the meat inside, so I wonder was it ground/minced chicken and not pork? And did I taste ginger there?