I first read about Chatime on Shoot First Eat Later, a Manila-based blog. I was in Hong Kong during the last week of May and I found Chatime at the airport but unfortunately, the group was in a rush to check in the hotel and I didn’t get to find it again anywhere else.
Chatime is a superstar tea shop (if it's in the HK airport, then it must be something, right?) from Taiwan and has made it to international shores. Finally, it’s here in Cebu! I was there during the first day of the soft opening last month with Kazoot, one of my best friends in culinary school who just came back from working in a cruise ship.
The moment you enter the shop, you are greeted cheerfully and unanimously by the staff, "Welcome to Chatime!". The interior is bright and quite dainty, a dollhouse feel with the purple and pink theme. The seats are plush and outlets are conveniently provided beside the long tables for you to charge your gadgets for free while enjoying your drink. :)
Here, you can moderate the ice content of your drink and the sweetness level. At the counter, you will find a list of the top ten drinks they serve. I chose the Yogurt Lychee QQ since it looked irresistible. I could try the milk tea some other time because I'd definitely go back. I wanna finish that list to find out which one I like best. ;)
Kazoot, on the other hand, got the Grass Jelly Milk Tea.
|Top 10 Bestsellers: 1) Pearl Milk Tea, 2) Chocolate Mousse, 3) Chatime Roasted Milk Tea, 4) Red Bean Milk Tea, 5) Taro Milk Tea, 6) QQ Milk Tea, 7) Grass Jelly Milk Tea, 8) Yogurt Lychee QQ, 9) Banana Milk Tea, 10) Mango Green Tea|
After several returns, I've tried the Chatime Milk Tea, Chatime Roasted Milk Tea, Chocolate Mousse and Strawberry Slush. Of all the top 10 drinks I've tried so far, Yogurt Lychee QQ is still my favorite. It's the most refreshing drink I've ever had and I love nibbling on the pearl-coco jelly combo. . :)
|All in large: Yogurt Lychee QQ - P95 (mine) and Grass Jelly Milk Tea - P85 (Kazoot's)|
The menu offers a wide variety of Mellow Milk Teas, Smoothie Series, QQ Jelly (QQ = black pearls + coconut jelly), Oriental Pop Tea, Chatime Mousse, Fresh Tea, Energetic Healthy Juice, Coffee/Hot Drinks, Chatime Special Mix, and Chatime EATS for some snacks to go with your drinks.
All milk teas come with one free topping. You can choose from pearl, grass jelly and pudding. You can also add an extra serving of these for only P15. Other toppings you could add are mousse, coffee jelly, coco jelly, rainbow jelly, red bean, and aloe vera for P20.
If you get hungry, they also have the right fix for that. This is the only the tea shop I know that serves rice. Chatime EATS are Annatto Pilaf Rice - P18 (like Java rice), Chicken Chops - P75, and French Fries - P65(available in Parmesan Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, and Barbecue).
The Chicken Chops have such a crunchy coating. I'm sure it matches well with the Annatto Pilaf Rice. And the french fries, they're thick and crispy. The serving is also quite big, a great value for the price. I like the barbecue and cheddar cheese flavors best. :)
|Salt n Pepper Chicken Chops - P75|
|French Fries - P65|
Flavors: Cheddar Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Barbecue
(served individually per flavor)
So far, Chatime is a favorite hangout of many for its refreshing drinks and comfy and posh ambience. Today's the grand opening at 1 pm and there's gonna be a secret celebrity! They will be launching new promos, and products, so don't miss it! :)
eBloc 2, Asiatown IT Park,
Salinas Dr., Lahug, Cebu City
Operating Hours: Mon - Thurs 11 AM - 12 MN
Fri & Sat 11 AM - 1 AM
Sun 11 AM - 11 PM
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