Sakura Season In Tokyo Bubble Tea (Katipunan Ave., Quezon City)

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At Tokyo Bubble Tea, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City

Tokyo Bubble Tea has always been our barkada’s go-to whenever we hang out after a cosplay convention, or whenever we are craving for milk tea. In fact, Tokyo Bubble Tea feels like one of the first milk tea stores in the Philippines before everyone went crazy for milk tea. It’s one of those Japanese restaurants on my fave list, and I’m glad they’ve made the move to expand their menu and offer more than just milk tea, but a whole range of Japanese and Fusion gourmet dishes.

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White and pink Japanese paper lanterns painted with cherry blossom tree-designs transported guests to the land of cherry blossoms

Ambiance

The Tokyo Bubble Tea branch in Katipunan provides a whole new experience from their other branches. This branch is adjoined with Honeybee Patisserie, a breakfast and pastry restaurant under the same management. The Katipunan branch has two floors to accommodate more customers. One of the things I found fascinating with this branch compared to the Megamall branch I usually frequent is that there are tables on the second floor where you can sit down seiza-style. Seiza is a traditional style of sitting in Japan, where in you sit on the floor in a kneeling position with your legs underneath your thighs. Any Japanese anime fan would love to find a place which allows for guests to sit like this!

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tokyo bubble tea japanese katipunan

The second floor also provided a variety of seat and table choices: they had long tables for bigger groups, and round tables with lush green sofa chairs for smaller, more intimate groups. And then, as mentioned earlier, they have a dedicated area where you can sit on the floor with your friends and enjoy a Japanese dining experience that you won’t find in many restaurants in the metro.

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Attended as a Japanese girl in a floral yukata~

I could not pass on the opportunity to make the best out of my visit to Tokyo Bubble Tea. It had such a great ambiance that I made sure to be in character and wore a floral yukata and my pair of geta (Japanese wooden slippers). The store had a Japanese parasol, which I borrowed to accentuate my look. This was actually for a contest, where they award a participant with the best Japanese-inspired get-up, but it seems I’m the only one who took on the challenge! Nevertheless, I had a fun time being in costume after so many months of being on cosplay hiatus.

Food / Menu

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Bulgogi Nachos(Php 245)

Upon scanning through Tokyo Bubble Tea’s menu, we noticed that they don’t offer a purely Japanese menu. They have gone on to include fusion dishes, such as their Bulgogi Nachos (Php 245). It was a successful attempt to combine a Bulgogi recipe with a plateful of crunch nachos topped with spicy mayo, onion, tomato, carrot strips and sprinkled with sesame seeds. This makes a great plate of appetizer if you’re looking to have a glass of milk tea and something that won’t get you too full. Beware though, it’s not your ordinary plate of chips, but you’ll love this if you’re into spicy dishes!

Nippon Ebi Maki

I was excited for the Nippon Ebi Maki, because it was an interesting twist to the common maki. At the core of the rice-packed maki is a panko-breaded prawn, with a thin slice of mango and fish roe topping it. The eight-piece dish sits atop melted mozzarella cheese. It wasn’t easy to eat a piece without having it crumble, so you might want to use a spoon instead. Also, the melted mozzarella made it a bit difficult to pick up the maki, so cutting through the mozzarella would help.

Samurai Burger (Php 248)

If you’re looking to get full but don’t feel like having a rice dish, the Samurai Burger will get the job done. It’s a massive burger with a thick and juicy pork patty sandwiched by a sesame seed bun. But what makes this my favorite dish from the dishes I’ve sampled is the signature apple sauce drizzled on the layers of potato frits, lettuce, and honey mustard.

Up Close: Samurai Burger

The apple sauce made all the difference, making the burger sweet and a delight to the appetite. It’s big enough for sharing, so you can half this with a friend. But if you’re hungry, go all out and finish the whole burger on your own!

Grilled Porkchop on Roasted Tomato Doria (Php 248)

Tokyo Bubble Tea’s Grilled Porkchop on Roasted Tomato Doria was one of the crowd favorites during the event. We likened it to a pizza because of the taste of the tomato sauce that appealed to the taste buds with every bite. Doria is another word for “Baked Rice”, and this doria dish has grilled pork cutlet and caramelized onion mixed into it, with mozzarella cheese generously melted on top. If you’re keen on having chicken over pork, try their Teriyaki Chicken Doria as an alternative.

Omurice with Steak Mushroom Sauce (Php 238) with additional Hamburg Steak (+ Php 110)

I’m a big fan of omurice, so if there’s one way to get me to eat rice, it’s by cooking omurice. But to mix it with steak sauce and throw in chunks of mushroom was too irresistible. You can choose four add-ons to go with your omurice: Tonkatsu (+Php 88), Ebi fry (+ Php 125), Hamburg Steak (+ Php 110) and Flambee’d Wild Mushrooms (Php 55).

Korean Bibimbap (Php 285)

From their Korean-inspired selections, the Korean Bibimbap makes a great choice for the entree. It’s served in an authentic stone bowl, keeping the rice and toppings warm. The Bibimbap has savory ground beef on top of rice, with white onion, garlic, spicy korean sauce, zucchini, carrots, and more thrown into the mix. Make sure to mix and stir as soon as it’s served! Else, the rice might stick to the bottom of the bowl, or worse, get burned! Some people actually like the slightly burned rice because it’s much more flavorful (reminds me of how people love eating the burned rice in a Paella dish). As with most Korean dishes, this one will be a little spicy to the taste, so consume in moderation!

Dessert: Sakura Mango Roll

Dessert: Chocolate Caramel Cake

For desserts, we had a taste of their Sakura-themed dessert, the Sakura Mango Roll. I loved that it wasn’t too sweet, which allows you to consume sweeter drinks with it. The Chocolate Caramel Cake, on the other hand, is every caramel lover’s choice.

Sakura Milk Shake (Php 165 for Medium, 175 for Large) and Sakura Milk Tea (Php 145 for Medium, Php 155 for large)

You shouldn’t also miss out on the cherry-flavored drinks Tokyo Bubble Tea concocted for the Sakura Season. They have two variants: the Sakura Milk Shake and the Sakura Milk Tea. You’re going to love the cherry-flavored drinks with extra pearls because the pearls are chewy and helps add to the flavor of the drinks.

Finally, the Marketing Team of Tokyo Bubble Tea had a final activity for us. We were asked to participate in a glass-painting contest, where we had to squeeze all our creative juices (if I had any!) to paint sakura designs on our glass.

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Thanks John of Kumagcow.com for the photo <3

Photo above: Extremely trying to be chill, but still squeezing what little talent I can to paint on the glass. It is harder than it looks!

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Our painting masterpiece (Mine is on the right column, second one from the front)

I couldn’t believe I was hailed one of the two winners for the glass-painting contest! Mine was so simple and I only wanted to make sure that the outcome will be something I can display on my room. But this activity got us into full competitive mode, and I’m glad that the activity was something we all enjoyed and found challenging! Big thanks to everyone who made the event possible, and to Tokyo Bubble Tea’s Marketing Team and Tokyo Bubble Tea’s President and CEO, Mr. Reagan Tan for having me in your event.

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Me with Tokyo Bubble Tea’s resident chef (left) and owner, Mr. Reagan Tan (right) by the store’s sakura tree

Don’t miss out on Tokyo Bubble Tea’s Instagram contest where you can take home Php 500 GCs when you upload your photo on Instagram. Read the full mechanics from Tokyo Bubble Tea’s Facebook Page.

Tokyo Bubble Tea
#209 Katipunan Avenue, Barangay Milagrosa, Project 4, Quezon City
(02) 9618904
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6 comments to Sakura Season In Tokyo Bubble Tea (Katipunan Ave., Quezon City)

  • Paula Alagao  says:

    Cute costume and congratulations for being a winner of their glass-painting contest! :)

    • dollhana  says:

      Thanks Paula! =)

  • Yani Bonifacio  says:

    my first time dropping by the place two days ago. It looks so comical i never thought the foods gonna be a big deal. I love that they have a super wide selection of dishes and beverages. This place will definitely be a regular go to for me. and btw, youre soo pretty :))

    • dollhana  says:

      Thanks for leaving a comment, Yani! Yup, I love the place and hope to come back there soon =) I checked out your blog too! You’re even prettier!

  • Aegeane Brioso  says:

    You are so cute Ms. Hana! You look like a korean pretty girl. :) Love your costume, and very very congratulations :) Back to the place, the place is absolutely very refreshing and cute. I love their food presentation and the food looks really yummy and sweet. I heard a lot of expi about tokyo bubble tea, but your review captured my attention. I would definitely go there :)

  • Liezel Salem  says:

    Omo! I want to try Bulgogi Nachos and Grilled Pork chop on Roasted Tomato Duria T.T nakakagutom! Yung Burger oh! Nakakatemp kumain! Phew! Next time kain ako dito with my friends :) Congratulation Ate Hana, you’re so cute :)

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