The Japanese are known for their love of cuteness. Kawaii (“cute,” “lovable” or “adorable”) is a prominent aesthetic in Japanese culture, even food and entertainment.
Kawaii is at the forefront in Tokyo Bubble Tea’s premises. I recently had lunch there with my officemates, of which one is an avid fan of all things Japan.
The place has pink pastel-colored walls illustrated with cute, cartoon renditions of food (with lots of character!). Big balls of light illuminate the surroundings, giving it a bright and airy feel. Even the menu features neat design with the same cute food cartoons.
As I’m still going through my ramen phase, I ordered a Chasu Ramen (Php245) which consist of a miso soup with stewed pork slices, soft-boiled egg and mixed vegetables. I much prefer shio or salt-based ramen but this is ok.
I was intrigued by my companion’s order: a Teriyaki Chicken Doria (Php255), characterized by oodles of mozzarella cheese oven-baked onto rice topped with teriyaki chicken and a wasabi cream sauce. I vow to try this on my next visit.
My other companion played safe (in my opinion) by ordering a Katsudon (Php238), pork tonkatsu slices with egg, veggies and a sweet sauce over a bowl of rice.
We didn’t have the time to sample the Tokyo Bubble Tea’s dessert offerings but that’s what next visits are for!
This branch of Tokyo Bubble Tea is located at 220 Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout De Guia, Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
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