Here’s where we had lunch before going to see The King and I at Resorts World Manila: TWG Tea Manila.
I’ve been raving (for the most part) about my first TWG Tea Manila experience, so when we saw that a store had opened up in Resorts World Manila, it became the default choice for lunch. My parents were especially excited to try out “tea-infused” grub!
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I got a Parisian Crepe (Php300), described in the menu as follows: “crepe filled with potatoes, turkey ham, and Emmenthal cheese tossed in a French Earl Grey infused bechamel sauce sprinkled with chives”. At first sight I thought this crepe would do nothing for my hunger — depth-wise it was close to flat — but after a few forkfuls, I regretted underestimating its size. It’s packed with so much of the above mentioned ingredients so I was (not surprisingly) stuffed in no time. Taste-wise, I would give this a 7.5/10 just because I thought its flavors ran a bit monotonous after the sixth bite. The best part about it though is the Emmenthal cheese component for its texture and flavor: melted, creamy, and seasoned just right.
My lola had the Seared Matcha Salmon (Php650), which she paired with some bread rolls. This dish is described in the menu as a “seared salmon fillet accompanied by green peas, carrots, cauliflower and yellow squash drizzled with balsamic vinegar caramel and Matcha green tea oil”. Now, aside from the beautiful presentation, we liked that the taste was commensurate with the price (and dare we say this dish is costly). The rings of oils/ sauces were spectacular contrasts to the fish!
My dad’s Wagyu Burger (Php570) was so tiny! The burger is stuffed with the following: “lettuce, tomato and Emmenthal cheese topped with horseradish mayonnaise and served on a homemade bun, accompanied by matchstick potatoes and mesclun salad tossed in an 1837 Green Tea infused vinaigrette”. ‘Twas just all right for me — nothing mindblowingly spectacular. The fries were just okay, too.
My mom, meanwhile, seemed to enjoy her Chicken en Brochette (Php475) very much: “pan-seared chicken brochette flavored with wholegrain mustard served with steamed rice and a colorful melange of capsicum and pineapple drizzled with a timeless tea infused sauce”. This is essentially a high-quality kebab that we would recommend.
For dessert, I got the following macarons to share: Moroccan Mint Tea, Lemon Bush Tea, Camelot Tea and Praline, Earl Grey Fortune and Chocolate. I had actually ordered the Napoleon Tea and Caramel in place of the two Early Greys, but perhaps the server wasn’t very familiar with the varieties? As it was my second time in TWG, I wasn’t a hundred percent sure about the assigned colors of the chocolate/caramel macarons, but when I took a bite of the Earl Greys, that’s when I knew he had served the wrong ones. Oh well, these were fantastic just the same. Each one is now priced at Php55, up Php5 since the last time I dined!
My Moroccan Mint Tea was, as Mariah Carey would say on TV, “just fabulous, dah-lin’”! If you are into light, cool flavors of tea, this is your best bet. Php195 for a pot, which could serve just one. I’m coming back for this!
My three companions got iced tea (Lemon Bush and Red of Africa). These got mixed reviews though — I remember mom being the only obviously happy one of the bunch. My dad, I could tell, was in search of a familiar-tasting iced tea (perhaps those usually served in restaurants), but nope, in TWG, you get the real stuff. He wasn’t too thrilled with the stark bitter taste of tea.