Your moment of Serenitea can be so sweet

Hello, foodies!

Have the past three months of quarantine been getting you down?

How about a nice long cup of your favorite tea drink from Serenitea to give you that sweet little piece of bliss?

Mine was a Cookie Brulee Milk Tea (Php120 medium | Php135 large) which I enjoyed while hanging out Eastwood Cybermall with my fellow foodies.

Serenitea, Eastwood

One of Serenitea’s Cookie Brulee series, it combines two desserts with milk tea: cookies and creme brulee. With this concoction’s creamy milk tea base layered with thick and velvety creme brulee and crunchy cookie bits, you can have your dessert and drink it too. Now, how’s that for a sweet moment of bliss?

Serenitea, Eastwood

To bring you that moment of Zen that only Serenitea can give during these stressful times, Serenitea opened several of its branches for takeout and delivery via GrabFood and LalaFood. Check out Serenitea’s Facebook Page for a complete list of open branches.

Serenitea, Eastwood

Download the LalaFood App and get a free delivery coupon when you use my code: BEINGJMR53

This Serenitea branch is located at Ground Floor, Eastwood Cybermall, Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City.

Other branches in the metro are located at:

  • Quezon City: Eastwood Cybermall, UP Town Center, Scout Rallos Street, Ayala Vertis North, SM North EDSA, Congressional Town Center, Banawe, Belfast Road in Novaliches, Ayala Malls Balintawak
  • San Juan: Greenhills Shopping Center
  • Pasig: The Exchange Regency, Estancia Mall, Robinsons Cyberscape Alpha
  • Mandaluyong: SM Megamall, Greenfield District, SM Light Mall
  • Makati: SM Jazz Mall, Glorietta 3, Glorietta 4, Ayala Tower One, Greenbelt, Rada Street in Legaspi Village
  • Taguig: Bonifacio One Technolog Tower, Burgos Circle, Venice Grand Mall
  • Pasay: Butterfly Garden in Newport City, Resorts World Manila, Shore Residences, Two E-com Center, ASEANA Square
  • Manila: Robinsons Place Manila, Elements Building
  • Paranaque: SM Bicutan, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, BF Homes
  • Muntinlupa: Alabang Town Center, Filinvest Mall
  • Las Pinas: SM Southmall

Serenitea Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Cool down with Paper Moon Cafe’s Milk Tea

Oh, temperatures are definitely rising!

And with the rising temperatures sometimes come heated tempers.

Personally, a bit of a cool drink goes a long way towards cooling down my temper. Make it sweet and milky, and soon I’ll be on my way towards a good mood.

Have you tried Paper Moon Cafe’s Milk Tea series?

Paper Moon Cafe is the pastry shop that brought us the Mille Crepe (Php225) – the delicate dessert made of layers of paper-thin handmade crepes in between light pastry cream and topped with a caramelized crust.

Paper Moon Cafe

Now, it has an offering for the hordes of milk tea lovers in the metro!

Its Classic Milk Tea (Php120) is made with a premium blend of fresh tea leaves and tapioca pearls, a sure hit for milk tea connoisseurs.

Paper Moon Cafe, Vertis North

Paper Moon Cafe, Vertis North

Paper Moon Cafe, Vertis North

Want to enjoy Paper Moon Cafe’s sweets and drinks at home during the enhanced community quarantine? These branches are open for delivery via GrabFood, LalaFood and FoodPanda.

  • Araneta City: +63 917 1303303
  • Ayala Malls Trinoma : +63 917 6228653
  • Ayala Malls Glorietta : +63 917 6202630
  • Molito Alabang: +63 917 1006555
  • Robinsons Place Manila: +63 917 6288676
  • Scout Madrinan : +63 945 8628755
  • Tektite Ortigas: +63 917 8059385
  • UP Town Center: +63 917 5972956

Download the Grab App on the App Store or Google Play. Get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

Use this link to download the FoodPanda app and get Php100 off your first order.

Download the LalaFood App and get a free delivery coupon when you use my code: BEINGJMR53.

This Paper Moon Cafe branch is located at Level 2, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City.

Paper Moon Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Check out my reviews of other milk tea joints:

Dessert drinks from Black Scoop, Tomas Morato

I admit: I do have a sweet tooth.

This is why I’m always on the lookout for ways to sate my craving for sweets.

Then one day, while I was running errands near my office, I came across this cafe along Tomas Morato called Black Scoop Cafe.

Black Scoop Cafe, Tomas Morato

Black Scoop Cafe, Tomas Morato

Black Scoop Cafe, Tomas Morato

Founded on love for coffee, tea and ice cream, Black Scoop Cafe combines the choicest ingredients, technology and know-how to come up with fresh takes on drinks and desserts.

It’s no wonder, then, that I found myself returning to this cafe to get my sugar fix with:

Brown Sugar Latte (Php140 medium | Php150 large) with Cream Cheese. Chewy boba pearls cooked in brown sugar syrup that also lines the cup of this milky drink topped with a layer of frothy cream cheese.

Black Scoop Cafe, Tomas Morato

Black Scoop Cafe, Tomas Morato

Hershey’s Cream Cheese (Php140 medium | Php155 large). A chocolatey concoction made even more decadent by the cream cheese topping.

Black Scoop Cafe, Tomas Morato

Black Scoop Cafe, Tomas Morato

Being a dessert lover, I have a strong affinity for cream cheese, which made these drinks extra rich and indulgent.

What’s your drink indulgence?

This Black Scoop Cafe branch is located at CKB Centre, Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Rallos Street, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City.

If you’re craving for a bit of sweet refreshment but can’t go out due to the enhanced community quarantine, order your Black Scoop drinks from these branches which are still open for pickup and delivery:

  • Rey-lor Building, Felix Avenue, Cainta (+63 966 7747853)
  • L&Y Plaza, 120 E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue corner Ortigas Avenue Extension, Barangay Ugong, Pasig City (+63 920 8251234)
  • 561 Shaw Boulevard corner Princeton Street, Barangay Wack Wack, Greenhills East, Mandaluyong (+63 905 2114424)
  • 42 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights 3, Quezon City
  • 625 NS Amoranto Sr. Avenue, Banawe, Quezon City (+63 917 8888328)
  • 939 Banawe Street, Barangay Manresa, Quezon City (+63 2 82813596)
  • One Raffles Place, Congressional Avenue, Project 8, Quezon City (+63 915 7047837)
  • 1630 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill, Taguig (+63 917 3289266)
  • Ground Floor, Villa Building, Jupiter corner Makati Avenue, Barangay Bel-Air, Makati (+63 916 6068749)
  • 1229 Navarra Street corner UST Dapitan, Sampaloc, Manila (+63 932 5833666)
  • One Archers Place, 2311 Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila (+63 2 77283118)
  • 2436 Leon Guinto corner Kapitan Tikong Streets, Malate, Manila (+63 917 3242436)
  • Unit 345 RLV Building, Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque (+63 916 6550636)
  • BF Resort Drive, JB Tan Street, BF Resort Village, Las Pinas (+63 2 89005689)

Black Scoop Café Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Have a Sweet #MomentOfSerenitea

Serenity is that feeling of peace and calmness from having an untroubled mind.

And soothing one’s thirst would go a long way towards soothing the mind.

Tea has long been touted as a way to relieve stress. For centuries, people have been drinking tea as an aid to meditation or to help achieve a peaceful state.

It’s no wonder then that tea brand Serenitea has made the achievement of inner peace its central concept. Established in the country in 2008, it helped usher in tea drinking amongst a coffee-drinking populace by brewing teas using an espresso machine and customizing drinks according to sweetness levels and by adding sinkers.

Serenitea, Greenhills

It recently launched its a new line of drinks – the Brown Sugar Series – which adds the luscious sweetness of brown sugar to its tea drinks. The Brown Sugar Frost (Php180), in particular, combined chewy pearls drenched in brown sugar syrup mixed with a rich and creamy premium farm-fresh milk topped with Serenitea’s Signature Cheese Frost and sprinkled with muscovado sugar.

Serenitea, Greenhills

It’s a truly indulgent treat that can chase your troubles away.

To bring you that moment of Zen that only Serenitea can give during these stressful times, Serenitea opened two of its branches – Congressional Town Center and The Exchange Regency Ortigas – for takeout and delivery via LalaFood.

Download the LalaFood App and get a free delivery coupon when you use my code: BEINGJMR53

This Serenitea branch is located at Ground Floor, Connecticut Carpark Arcade, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan.

Other branches in the metro are located at:

  • Quezon City: Eastwood Cybermall, UP Town Center, Scout Rallos Street, Ayala Vertis North, SM North EDSA, Congressional Town Center, Banawe, Belfast Road in Novaliches, Ayala Malls Balintawak
  • Pasig: The Exchange Regency, Estancia Mall, Robinsons Cyberscape Alpha
  • Mandaluyong: SM Megamall, Greenfield District, SM Light Mall
  • Makati: SM Jazz Mall, Glorietta 3, Glorietta 4, Ayala Tower One, Greenbelt, Rada Street in Legaspi Village
  • Taguig: Bonifacio One Technolog Tower, Burgos Circle, Venice Grand Mall
  • Pasay: Butterfly Garden in Newport City, Resorts World Manila, Shore Residences, Two E-com Center, ASEANA Square
  • Manila: Robinsons Place Manila, Elements Building
  • Paranaque: SM Bicutan, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, BF Homes
  • Muntinlupa: Alabang Town Center, Filinvest Mall
  • Las Pinas: SM Southmall

Serenitea Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Time to refresh with Chachago’s drinks

Summer’s already here! Are you feeling it?

With rising temperatures in the metro comes the tendency for tempers to rise, too.

Add to that the stress of being confined to our houses for a long period of time and the possibility of a conflagration of tempers won’t be too far off.

Well, now’s the time to generate the good vibes, to refresh, not just our bodies, but our state of mind.

So how about some refreshing drinks from Chachago?

Chachago, SM East Ortigas More deets at beingjellybeans.com

Chachago is a Taiwanese milk tea brand that made its way to the Philippines in 2018. It combined traditional tea culture, fresh ingredients and other flavors to bring invigorating yet all-natural beverages to tea lovers.

My drinks of choice at Chachago feature today’s tasty tea trends: brown sugar and salty cream cheese.

Brown Sugar Pearl Milk Tea (Php120). The chewy pearls are first cooked in brown sugar which also coats the sides of the tumbler before the milk tea is added.

Chachago, SM East Ortigas More deets at beingjellybeans.com

Chachago, SM East Ortigas More deets at beingjellybeans.com

Roasted Brown Sugar Tea with Salted Cream Cheese (Php120). The layer of frothy cream cheese adds a bit of salty flavor that complements the sweetness of the drink.

Chachago, SM East Ortigas

Chachago, SM East Ortigas More deets at beingjellybeans.com

Now, those are the drinks that can put me in a good mood!

Chachago, SM East Ortigas More deets at beingjellybeans.com

Chachago, SM East Ortigas More deets at beingjellybeans.com

Thankfully, during the enhanced community quarantine, three of Chachago’s branches in the metro – Kamuning (+63 2 77587221), Visayas Avenue (+63 917 8999005 or +63 917 8502840) and Marikina (+63 2 83611309) – are open for takeout and delivery via GrabFood and FoodPanda.

Download the Grab App on the App Store or Google Play. Get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

Use this link to download the FoodPanda app and get Php100 off your first order.

So just keep cool, foodies!

This Chachago branch is located at Ground Floor, SM City East Ortigas, Ortigas Avenue Extension, Santa Lucia, Pasig City.

Chachago Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Milk tea indulgence at Gong Cha, L&Y Plaza

While stuck at home due to the quarantine, don’t you sometimes long for the little indulgences you used to enjoy when you can freely move around?

My own little indulgence is the pearl milk tea.

Ever since it became a trending food item nearly a decade ago, pearl milk tea has been an easy and relatively affordable treat for my sweet tooth. It also has the added benefit of being a cold drink that can counter the uncomfortable heat in the metro.

Really, what’s not to love?

The silky feel of the milk tea as it flows from the straw into your mouth and the sweet and chewy surprise of the tapioca pearls… yep, these are among the humble rewards I can gift to myself at the end of a stressful day.

Gong Cha, L&Y Plaza

And since I love the interplay of sweet and salty flavors, I usually order Gong Cha’s Milk Tea with Pearl Jelly (Php85 regular | Php95 large) with Gong Cha Milk Cream Cheese (additional Php50). The milk cream cheese adds a bit of frothy richness to the drink. Yum!

Gong Cha, L&Y Plaza

Staying home during the ECQ may be a sacrifice, but thankfully, you can still indulge yourself with your favorite drinks from Gong Cha with three of its branches – Il Terrazzo Mall in Tomas Morato, L&Y Plaza in Pasig and Araneta Shopwise in Cubao – still open for take out and delivery via GrabFood, LalaFood and FoodPanda.

Download the Grab App on the App Store or Google Play. Get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

Use this link to download the FoodPanda app and get Php100 off your first order.

Download the LalaFood App and get a free delivery coupon when you use my code: BEINGJMR53.

This Gong Cha branch is located at L&Y Plaza, 120 E. Rodriguez Jr. Corner Ortigas Avenue Extension, Ugong, Pasig City.

Other branches are located at:

  • Quezon City: Il Terrazzo Mall, Eastwood Mall, Robinsons Galleria, Cyberpark Tower 1, Shopwise Araneta, Robinsons Magnolia, UP Town Center, SM Sta. Mesa, Fisher Mall, Trinoma Mall, SKY Garden and Main Building SM North EDSA, SM Sun Mall, Amoranto Street – Banawe, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, SM City Fairview, Ayala Fairview Terraces
  • Pasig: Ortigas Technopoint, Ayala Feliz
  • Marikina: SM City Marikina
  • San Juan: Theater Mall Greenhills Shopping Center, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Santolan Town Plaza
  • Mandaluyong: Greenfield District, SM Light Mall, Forum Robinsons
  • Taguig: Uptown Place Mall, SM Aura Premier, Vista Mall Taguig, Fort Victoria Building, Venice Grand Canal Mall
  • Makati: Powerplant Mall, Glorietta 1, Glorietta 4, SM Jazz Mall, SM Makati, Landmark, Greenbelt Hamilton Tower, San Lorenzo Place Condominium, Shell Magallanes
  • Pasay: Newport City, Met Live Mall, MOA Arena, Entertainment Mall MOA, SM by the Bay
  • Manila: 2 Torre Lorenzo, The One Grand Centre, SM City Manila, Robinsons Place Manila, SM City San Lazaro, G-2 Avenue of the Arts, Lucky Chinatown
  • Caloocan: SM City Sangandaan
  • Paranaque: SM City BF, SM City Sucat
  • Valenzuela: SM City Valenzuela
  • Las Pinas: The Village Square Alabang, SM Southmall, Vista Mall Las Pinas, Evia Lifestyle Center
  • Muntinlupa: Alabang Town Center, Festival Mall

Gong Cha Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Have a taste of Taiwan’s No. 1 Drink at Tea 101, California Garden Square

Milk tea fanatics have another reason to rejoice with another brand joining the milk tea fray.

Tea 101 has been hailed as Taiwan’s No. 1 Drink owing to the premium experience in drinking it. The process starts from harvesting the potent tea leaves from the heart of Taiwan, careful packaging and brewing in the traditional way without the use of metals or machines, to the mixing with various flavors and sweeteners to make Tea 101’s signature drinks.

But first, a lesson on tea history… a Tea 101, if you will… 🙂

Tea leaves are harvested from camellia sinensis, a plant that grows in tropical and sub-tropical climates. After harvesting, these are dried then packed loose or wrapped in tea bags.

Drinking tea as a beverage was first recorded in China in 10th century BC and it eventually became popular throughout East Asia by 200 BC. It spread to the rest of the world via international trade in the 19th century.

Tea was brought to Taiwan from China in the 18th century. By the 19th century, tea plantations have flourished in Taiwan with tea becoming one of the country’s top three exports.

It has also become an integral part of Taiwanese culture with most social activities involving tea service from the welcoming of visitors into a household, dinners, business meetings, weddings and funerals.

Taiwan is also the birthplace of bubble tea in the 1980s which was said to be a concoction of black tea, tapioca pearls, condensed milk and syrup.

Today, bubble tea has a wide assortment of flavors and variants from fruits, yogurt, yakult, coffee and chocolate and more, many of which are included in the menu of Tea 101’s branch in Mandaluyong.

Tea 101c California Garden Square

Tea 101c California Garden Square

Tea 101c California Garden Square

Tea 101c California Garden Square

Tea 101c California Garden Square

Tea 101c California Garden Square

Tea 101c California Garden Square

Choose your fave from Tea 101’s featured drinks:

Regular (Php85 for tall, Php105 for skyscraper, Php125 for empire sizes)

  • Milk Tea Series: includes Wintermelon, Okinawa, Pearl, Caramel, Green, Lychee, Strawberry, Taro and Matcha
  • Fruity Fresh Milk Series: includes Blueberry, Green Apple, Grass Jelly and Strawberry
  • Heal Tea Series: includes Black, Green, Yakult Green and Yakult Lychee
  • Choco Craze Series: includes Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Choco Strawberry Milk and Choco Slush
  • Iced Slush Series: includes Green Apple QQ, Mango, Strawberry, Lemon Yakult, Taro Milk Tea, Lychee Nata and Matcha
  • Lemonade Series: includes Lemonade, Strawberry, Green Apple and Blue
  • Fruit Tea Series: includes Green Apple QQ, Lychee Aloe Vera and Strawberry Aloe
  • Freaky Milk Tea Series: includes Rocky Road, Strawberry, Tiramisu, Green Tea and Rainbow

Premium (Php95 for tall, Php115 for skyscraper, Php135 for empire sizes)

  • Taiwan Favorites: includes Milk Tea with Oreo, Chocolate Milk Tea with Oreo and Nutty Choco Matcha
  • Rock Salt Series: includes Rock Salt Milk Tea, Rock Salt Chocolate Milk Tea and Rock Salt Black Tea
  • Brown Sugar Series: includes Brown Sugar Milk Tea, Brown Sugar Fresh Milk with Grass Jelly and Rock Salt Brown Sugar Milk Tea

My personal preferences run toward the sweeter and creamier variants such as the Chocolate Milk Tea with Oreo and Brown Sugar Milk Tea.

Tea 101, California Garden Square

Tea 101, California Garden Square

Many thanks to Ms Ani Conanan of Tea 101 for the drinks and to Harvard of AlwaysHungryPH for extending the invitation!

This Tea 101 branch is located at Ground Floor, Anaheim Tower, California Garden Square, Domingo M. Guevarra Street, Barangay Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City.

Other branches are located at:

  • Hole in the Wall, Fourth Floor, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City
  • Ground Floor, South Wing, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Complex Pasay City

Tea 101 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with fellow food bloggers, I attended this resto’s grand opening where drinks were served to enable us to sample the fare and to facilitate honest reviews. Said drinks were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Check out my reviews of other milk tea joints:

Gotcha Fresh Tea, Greenhills

Well, here’s some good news for milk tea lovers: Australian milk tea brand Gotcha Fresh Tea has set up shop in the country.

In a small cafe outside Virra Mall in Greenhills, milk tea lovers can drink their fill of Gotcha’s offerings which include signature milk teas, premium milk teas, healthy fresh milk, black sugar, maple sugar, cheese foam teas, collagen teas, coldbrew and yogurt teas.

Gotcha Fresh Tea, Greenhills

Taking pride in its slogan “We farm our own tea,” Gotcha handcrafts and brews its drinks made from a single tea plantation in Mount Alishan Taiwan in its bid to guarantee product consistency and quality.

It also champions earth-friendliness with its reusable cups, a worthy advocacy in my book.

Gotcha Fresh Tea, Greenhills

During the shop’s Grand Opening, I was treated to one of Gotcha’s drinks, the Oreo Cheese Macchiato (Php145) in which the tea flavor is tempered by the creamy milk, with added mild saltiness from the cheese topping as well as sweetness and texture from the crushed Oreo cookies.

Gotcha Fresh Tea, Greenhills

As far as dessert drinks to go, this was ok but not particularly exceptional.

My friends, on the other hand, were able to try out other flavors such as:

Strawberry Yogurt (Php130).

Gotcha Fresh Tea, Greenhills

Peach Collagen Tea (Php140).

Gotcha Fresh Tea, Greenhills

Taro Milk (Php135).

Gotcha Fresh Tea, Greenhills

There was great variety when it came to drink options but given its cafe setup, offering food items would be a good move.

Thanks to Kian of Kian Ventures for extending the invitation for this event!

Gotcha Fresh Tea, Greenhills

Gotcha Fresh Tea is located at Ground Floor, V-Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center, Greenhills, San Juan.

Gotcha Fresh Tea Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with fellow food bloggers, I attended this resto’s grand opening where drinks were served to enable us to sample the fare and to facilitate honest reviews. Said drinks were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Check out my reviews of other milk tea joints:

A fresh take on milk teas at Brown Cafe, BGC

It sure looks like the milk tea craze is here to stay, if the sheer number of stores opening in the metro offering copious varieties of the drink is any indication.

And then another milk tea brand joins the fray: Bangkok’s very own Brown Cafe has opened a take-out counter in Serendra, BGC to give the locals fresh and exciting choices for our milk tea.

Its menu simply teems with crave-worthy drinks: from original milk tea, fresh milk lattes, cheese macchiatos and more, choices abound for milk tea lovers ans connoisseurs. Each cup is made from freshly brewed tea leaves and its wondrous array of bubbles – which includes flavors such as original, collagen, brown sugar, peach, strawberry, mango, lychee, rainbow low cal and exclusive-to-the-Philippines ube – are all made inhouse.

Among Brown Cafe’s claims to fame are its Rainbow Low Cal Bubble Teas, made with fruit-infused teas accompanied by its colorful Rainbow low-calorie bubble sinkers.

Brown Cafe, BGC

The Anchan Strawberry Latte (Php140 for cup | Php155 for reusable tumbler) features a combination strawberry with the edible blossom anchan, more commonly known as the butterfly pea in a creamy latte.

Brown Cafe, BGC

The Melon Niu Niu Latte (Php140 for cup | Php155 for reusable tumbler), on the other hand, is a taste of summer with a sweet melon flavor that flavors the creamy milk.

Brown Cafe, BGC

So if you find yourself in BGC and want to try something new to quench your thirst, pop by Brown Cafe’s take out counter and treat yourself to one of its milk teas.

Brown Cafe, BGC

Brown Cafe, BGC

Brown Cafe is located at Ground Floor, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, open daily from 10am to 10pm.

Brown Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: I visited Brown Cafe during its mini blogger get-together where drinks were served for free to facilitate an honest review.

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Bench Cafe opens newest branch in Trinoma

The clothing brand Bench has been around for as long as I can remember. One of the “proudly Filipino” enterprise success stories, it has been a major player in local fashion and has even expanded its sphere of influence to that of a lifestyle brand with its personal care producrs, skin care services and hair salons.

It even ventured into the food business, notably with the opening of the first branch of its eponymous restaurant Bench Cafe last year.

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Fast forward to today and Bench Cafe has already opened its fifth branch at Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. Such speedy growth is proof that its concept of combining traditional and modern takes on Filipino food works and has found its place in Metro Manila’s highly competitive food scene.

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

The cafe held a special preview for bloggers the day before its Grand Opening. Together with my fellow foodies from #WeLoveToEatPH, I got a taste of how Bench Cafe’s Chef Carlo Miguel melds local flavors together and updates classic Pinoy favorites such as:

Binagoongan Ceasar (Php149). Romaine lettuce with dilis and croutons tossed in a creamy dressing made with bagoong (shrimp paste) and queso de bola.

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Tinapa Cones (Php129). Homemade lumpia wrappers formed into crispy cones and filled with tinapa (smoked fish) mousse and salsa.

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Gising Gising (Php195). A spicy dish of chopped beans cooked in coconut milk and chilis.

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Sisig Skillet (Php249). Pork cheeks and belly cooked in two ways and served topped with calamansi foam.

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Fried Chicken (Php480). Whole spring chicken fried to a golden brown with crispy flavorful skin and juicy meat served with a honey patis sauce.

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Dancing Fish (Php400). Crispy butterfly tilapia doused in escabeche sauce.

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Pancit Guisado (Php239). Stir-fried noodles with shrimp, meat and chopped vegetables.

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Silogs (from sinangag or “garlic rice” and itlog “egg”) are breakfast staples for many Filipinos. Bench Cafe serves these with garlic rice, fried egg and homemade atsara. The silog variation we’ve tasted here is the Tendon Silog (Php199) made with melt-in-your-mouth beef tendon in pares sauce.

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bongalmusal (Php349). If you’re ever at a loss on what to have for brekkie, this hyped-up silog meal serves up everything you could want! Spam, US beef tapa, tocino, daing (dried fish) and corned beef. Best of all, this dish is good for two so do share it with someone special.

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe also introduced Bench-Tos which are glamourized takes on the fare available at a Pinoy turo-turo. This small roadside eatery is where diners point out the food they want and a serving is placed on their plates. Bench Cafe updates this concept by merging it with the Japanese bento – the chosen viand is served on a tray along with vegetables, homemade salsa and atsara as well as steamed Ifugao rice. Variations of this offering that we tasted include the Bagnet Kare Kare (Php339) which has a rich peanutty sauce that has no need for bagoong to have flavor, and the Inasal Liempo (Php299) which is Bench Cafe’s take on the Visayan grilled pork belly.

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

To cap out meal, Bench Cafe serves up its own takes on dessert classics with the smooth and creamy leche flan it dubbed Flan B (Php185) topped with macapuno and Classic Turon ala Mode (Php49).

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench also applied its own twists on the popular dessert called Halo-Halo, which consists of sweetened fruits and other fixings topped with shaved ice and served with milk. Its variations include White (Php85 for 12oz | Php129 for 16oz) made with coconut shaved ice with garbanzos, caramelized banana, leche flan, nata de coco and coconut ice cream; Mango Otap (Php90 for 12oz | Php109 for 16oz), mango shaved ice with crushed otap, mango puree, cream and fresh mango cubes; Ube (Php95 for 12oz | Php149 for 16oz), ube halaya and palm beans added to the White Halo Halo; and Mais con Hielo (Php60 for 12oz | Php100 for 16oz), corn- flavored shaved ice with milk and kernels of sweetcorn.

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

I had a great time discovering fresh ways to enjoy the food that I grew up with at Bench Cafe.

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Many thanks to the management and staff of Bench Cafe for having us and to EJ of #ILoveToEatPH for extending the invitation.

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

Bench Cafe, Trinoma

This Bench Cafe branch is located at Ground Floor, MRT Wing, Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pagasa, Quezon City, open daily from 10am to 9pm.

Other branches are located at:

  • Second Floor, Bench Flagship Store, Bonifacio High Street, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
  • Level 2, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Greenbelt, Makati City
  • Ground Floor, Padre Faura Wing, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila

Bench Café Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I attended a foodie meetup held here wherein food and drink items were served to allow us to sample the fare. These were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

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