*This restaurant is now closed*
Mr. Bean is Singapore’s biggest soybean food and beverage company, boasting of 60 outlets all around the island. Mr. Bean was founded in 1995, its first outlet was located in People’s Park Hawker Center. In the Philippines, Mr. Bean currently has 4 branches in Metro Manila.
Irene and I visited the branch nearest me at Eastwood Mall, located across California Pizza Kitchen. The branch is surrounded by glass and has a few tables inside and a couple more outside. The colors are a soothing green and white with a cute bean mascot.
We looked over their menu and was surprised to find lots of interesting stuff aside from the classic soy milk and soy bean curd(taho). The amount of choice on their menu got us excited to try the classics as well as their own soy based food concoctions. The soybeans Mr. Bean uses comes from an exclusive farm in North America which are non-GMO and are identity preserved.
Irene tried out the Classic Hot Soy Milk (P45) served in a daintily designed paper cup. I’m not really one for hot beverages, but Irene was nodding her approval.
We then tried the Chilled Classic Taho (P45) with Pearls (+P10) added. The texture and taste was very familiar, it was like a cleaner tasting taho. I could not help compare it to Yummy Soy’s version, which has a more pudding like consistency. I like both versions and would be happy eating either one.
The next thing we tried was called the Mr. Bean Special (P75). The bowl consists of taho, soy milk and black sesame and peanut rice balls. We found the rice balls a bit less chewier than what we usually have buy from Chinese stores.
Moving on to the unusual, who would have thought that Watermelon and Soy milk would go together like in this Watermelon Fruity Soya (P75/regular, P85/large) drink. I loved the refreshing taste of the drink, perfect for an after workout drink or just something to cool your body down.
I also got tot try the Lychee Icy Soya (P90/regular, P100/large) with Lychee Pop (P20). This drink is quite similar to the fruity soya but has ice added into it, think of it as a shake. The lychee pops add a nice surprise burst of flavor while enjoying this drink.
Next came the Pancakes, not the traditional breakfast pancakes but more like dorayaki (Japanese style pancakes). We got to try two flavors, the first was Cream Cheese (P60) and Kaya (P60). All their pancakes are made with soy flour imported from Singapore. Irene liked the salty cream cheese while I liked the kaya coconut one. Biting into the pancake, I was expecting a soy taste but I actually could not tell it was made from soy flour.
The last thing we got to try was the Soy Ice cream (P80/cup). It tastes like cold taho in soft serve form, a nice healthy alternative to ice cream.
Mr. Bean is one of two Singaporean soy bean food specialists in the country today. Mr. Bean offers more products and choices at a more affordable price point. I really wish they would open branches nearer our place, maybe Megamall or Shang in the near future.
Mr. BeanG/F Eastwood Mall (near Activity Area and across CPK) Quezon City Contact No.: 332-3581 Other branches: McKinley Hill Alabang Lucky Chinatown Mall Landmark Trinoma
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