I got an invite to sample some of the new food and drink offerings of Bubble Tea Restaurant (BBT). I’m quite familiar with the brand from the times I’ve tried it in their Megamall Branch so I readily agreed to attend the event. I was quite excited since I heard that they have expanded their food menu and added some more drink flavors.
I got to their Tomas Morato branch a little late because of the horrendous traffic that night. I got to try the Takoyaki (P175/8 pieces), which was already on the table when I got there. The balls are smaller than those from Hana but the outer part is crispier. I would have like the inside to be chewier.
Another appetizer already on the table was Aspara Bacon Yaki (P185), grilled asparagus wrapped with bacon and topped with Japanese mayo. I like how the asparagus are perfectly cooked, they were still very crunchy yet had that grilled flavor. I would have liked them to scrap the mayo topping and sticked with the traditional teriyaki sauce, which taste lighter than mayo.
After the initial appetizers, we were served an almost unending amount of food. I’ll just include some of the highlights.
Dynamite Maki (P295), Unagi (eel) on top and spicy tuna inside drizzled with teriyaki sauce. I loved this one a lot. It’s a mix of spicy and sweet that produces a wonderful reaction in my mouth.
Dragon Maki (P365), prawn and unagi drizzled with teriyaki sauce and mayo. Its almost similar to the Dynamite with the prawn replacing the spicy tuna in the middle. I still like the Dynamite better because of the light spicy kick.
Yakiniku Beef Rice (P245), USDA beef slices marinated in yakiniku sauce and served with garlic rice. The rice tasted like sinangag (filipino fried garlic rice), very flavorful with lots of garlic taste throughout. The beef is very soft and had a nice sweet sauce (my bias for sweet food comes out yet again).
Beef Stew Curry (P265), Japanese style beef curry with egg and rice. This one looked so beautifully presented with the perfectly cooked egg covering the rice that its a shake we have to disturb the dish to eat it. The curry was mildly spicy only to suit most palettes. I suspect this was made on the spot since the vegetables are not soft enough which could be achieve with a longer cooking time.
What’s a meal at BBT without Bubble Tea. We were presented with an array of flavors to try and taste before we order our favorite. I’ve already tried a few of them before during my visits so I just zeroed in on the new addition to the menu, Honey Dew Melon Milk Shake(P145/large) . This was served with Vanilla ice cream topping and black pearls. I loved my drink and will be going back fro more. I also loved their pearls which I think are the best tasting pearls I’ve had in Manila.
I had my BBT with their best selling Macha Green Tea cake, proudly made by the owners wife. The cake tastes as good as it looks. The deep green tea taste is evident throughout the different layers of the cake. I just had a few bites of this since I was too full already at this point.
Bubble Tea Restaurant currently has 3 branches namely SM North Edsa, SM Megamll and Tomas Morato with a 4th branch opeing soon in Wilson St., Greenhills. They are also having a photo contest called “Pichur! Pichur!”, check out their Facebook Page for more details
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