Chatime Fever in Manila
Serenitea introduced Manila to the "Bubble Tea" experience (using fresh tea). Happy Lemon showed Manila how milk tea can be a healthier alternative to our coffee habit with its wide array of innovative flavors. And now, there's Chatime.
The owners of the French Baker group decided to bring in Chatime, the #1 Bubble Tea store in Taiwan, to our local shores. I like it because it is more like Happy Lemon than Serenitea in terms of the variety of fruit and tea drinks. You can expect to see Chatime beside every French Baker store in Manila soon.
With the Frozen Yogurt craze starting to taper off and decline, the Manila dessert scene is setting its sights on these funky bubble tea stores.
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The Chatime branch in Pioneer Center is slightly hidden and its entrance looks a bit small from the outside. But don't let first impressions fool you -- there is a nice and cozy bubble tea lounge on the second floor. It is very conducive to chitchat, plus, free wifi is available. :)
So whenever you are in the Pasig area (maybe for Cafe Juanita or Charlie's), the best place for an after-meal sweet treat is Chatime's Pioneer Store.
Click here for the Chatime Menu.
The menu might seem overwhelming or confusing at first, especially for Chatime newbies. You can order the safe Milk Tea versions or go for the unique Chatime Special Mix drinks or Chatime Mousse drinks.
You can add extra toppings (better to choose only one with your drink), which include:
Pearl, Grass Jelly, Pudding for P15, and Coconut Jelly, Rainbow Jelly, Red Bean, Aloe Vera for P20.
You can have the following ice options (I suggest you go for less ice):
0% No Ice, 70% Less Ice, 100% Normal Ice, and 110% Extra Ice.
Lastly, you can specify your sugar options (30% sugar is still good):
0% Sugar, 30% Sugar, 50% Sugar, 80% Sugar, 100% Normal Sugar, 110% Extra Sugar.
I personally like the roasted taste in my milk tea. Their sago is really good -- soft and chewy. For me, 30% sugar is already enough to enjoy the right amount of sweetness with the tea.
The brown rice milk tea was quite unique. If you prefer the roasted taste of rice, get this drink. Since the Passion Fruit Green Tea was involved in the DEHP contamination scare*, we decided to go for the Taiwan Plum Ice Tea instead.
We enjoyed the fullness of the taste of the Taiwan Plum drink; however, we found it too sweet. Sad to say, we were informed that the tea does not have any sugar options. :(
We loved the Oolong tea! Among the drinks we ordered, this mousse drink with cheese mousse on top was the best one for us. We recommend drinking it from the cup to taste the contrasting flavors (instead of using the straw, where you only get to taste the tea mostly).
This is my Chatime favorite drink: Oolong Tea Mousse Regular with 50% sugar, less ice and extra pearls. :)
Pioneer Center Store
Sunday to Thursdays 11am to 11pm
Fridays to Saturdays 11am to 12mn
Note: You have to enter Pioneer Center because you can't see it along Pioneer St.
(Chatime also has branches in Banawe, Robinsons Galleria and Landmark Makati. You'll soon see it in all the places where French Baker is located :) )
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Live an Awesome Life,
Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our drinks and we are not connected in any way with the owners.
*Note: There was a health scare recently when it was discovered that Taiwan's largest food additive supplier was found to be adding the harmful chemicals di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) and di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), which are used to make plastics more flexible and durable. But both the Taiwan and Hong Kong authorities have cleared Chatime of DEHP contamination.
P.S. Is is true that Chatime will introduce Bonchon-style chicken wings to their menu?