June 17, 2017

Macao Imperial Tea Now in Manila!

Although known globally as the ‘Vegas of China’, Macau is more than just casinos. Macau is beautiful, vibrant, and alive, and this change in perspective is what we want the world to see. As one of the fastest-growing cafe chains that's proudly born in Macau, Macao Imperial Tea takes a deeply-rooted approach that highlights a mix of the rich Macanese culture and a personalized experience. Genuine, memorable, and special--this is what Macao Imperial Tea brings in each and every cup that’s especially made for you. 

With over 200 branches in Macau, Vietnam, China, United States, Macao Imperial Tea is brewing soon in the Philippines! Macao Imperial Tea - Philippines is proudly brought to you by Fredley Group of Companies—the same group behind other exciting food concepts such as Sandaya Yakiniku-Fisher Mall, Shabu-shabu Ichiban, Mitasu Charcoal Yakiniku, and Ersao Wind Tagaytay.

I was invited to the media launch of Macao Imperial Tea Philippine's flagship store in Banawe last weekend and we got to try a handful of their drinks and desserts. Here's the lineup of their products: Chestnut Cream, Cream Cheese, Tea, Milk Tea, Red Bean, Yakult, Soda, Coffee, Mpresso and Add Ons.

The store is very cozy and decorated with cute and quirky items. Not to be missed is the huge teddy bear hanging around the store. I especially love their marquee signage on the walls behind the counter. They also have tables outside and a huge parking space to boot too. 

Cream Cheese Series - served iced. The cream cheese series has a foam cream cheese topping with a sprinkle of matcha. The varieties are: Cream Cheese Sea Salt Jasmine Green Tea, Cream Cheese Osmanthus Oolong Tea Cream Cheese Red Rose Tea, Cream Cheese White Peach Oolong Tea Cream Cheese Milk Tea, Cream Cheese Oreo Milk Tea, Cream Cheese Cocoa and Cream Cheese Uji Matcha.

Tea Series - Also served iced. I personally love their Kumquat Lemon Tea. Other variants are: Brewed Lemon Iced Red Tea, Lemon Ice Jelly Tea, Kumquat Lemon Tea and Cranberry Tea.

Milk Tea Series- served iced and my favorite! I’m a milk tea lover, I used to buy a cup like every day when I was still working in Makati because there was a milk tea shop just on the ground floor of our office building. The must try on this series is the Cheesecake and Pearl Milk Tea. Their tapioca/pearls have a good consistency and you can really taste the good quality tea. Other variants are Original Milk Tea, Black Pearl Milk Tea, Grass Jelly Milk Tea, Cheesecake and Pearl Milk Tea and Red Bean and Pudding Milk Tea.

Special Drink Series – these are served iced and come in two variants: For You and For Me. The For You is MIT’s version of caramel macchiato while the For Me is a super yummy strawberry milkshake! (My favorite of all the drinks that we got to try). They come in cute reusable tumblers too. Check out those tumbler lids with ears! I’m melting!

Special Drinks – these are served hot and the most famous one is the Kitten Milk Tea because it includes a marshmallow paw! Ain’t that cute or what? Other variants are Osmanthus Oolong Tea, Ginger Milk Tea, Ejiao Red Dates Fresh Milk, Walnut Black Sesame Fresh Milk and Taro Sweet Potato Fresh Milk.

Soda Series – these drinks are served iced and they definitely caught my attention. For one they look too damn beautiful to drink! The names are very witty and they all taste awesome! My favorites would have to be the Cherry Blossom Soda (with real flowers!) and the Midsummer Soda (apple and lemon). Other equally delectable variants are: Blue Curacao Soda, Green Apple Soda and Over the Rainbow Soda.

For the desserts, we tried their Chocolate Dome Cake, Plain Cheesecake, Grandma's Chocolate Cake, Marshmallow Chocolate Cake, Banoffee Pie and Oreo Cheesecake. And I must say I was impressed with the quality and taste of their cakes; everything was so good! I don't think I need to describe each and every cake. Just take a look at the photos below, if you're not drooling now, I don't what's wrong with you (just kidding!), But seriously, they taste as good as they look. My top three would be the Chocolate Dome Cake, Plain Cheesecake and Marshmallow Chocolate Cake. They also offer other breads and pastries btw. 

Chocolate Dome Cake

Grandma's Chocolate Cake
Oreo Cheesecake

Banoffee Pie

Plain Cheesecake

Marshmallow Chocolate Cake

For now, you can find Macao Imperial Tea at their flagship store in Banawe Quezon City, but fret not because I heard they’re opening a few more branches around the metro. It’s worth the trek to Banawe for sure. 

780 Banawe Street, Banawe, 
Quezon City, Philippines
Contact No:  (02) 251 8867
Email: partnership@fredleyresto.com

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile: 
Macao Imperial Tea Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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