I confess. I’m a milk tea addict. I have tried several milk tea stores like Pau-pau, Cha Time, Gong Cha, and Cha Dao. My favorites used to be Pau-pau and Cha Time, and now I’m going gaga for iTea.
The store’s hip and modern vibe instantly caught my eye. I was planning to go to a coffee shop to do some writing, but I saw this new store and decided to check it out. Upon entering the store though, I noticed that the air-conditioning wasn’t strong enough. The modern chairs were also not so comfortable to sit on if you were planning to stay for a long time, but if you’re just going to have a quick chat with your friends, then the chairs are ok. Good thing I noticed that there were soft and cushiony light green chairs right outside the store, so I decided to stay there. Since the store was inside SM Fairview, the cushiony chairs area was a cool and comfortable spot.
A diverse drink list which featured coffee and fruit juice accompanied the list of yummy milk teas. So far, I’ve tried the caramel milk tea, the white gourd milk tea, and the assam milk tea. I love the first two and the third one was just ok. I usually get the medium which is P78. The large is P98. All the milk teas include pearls and pudding. With an egg based custard taste and the consistency of a good leche flan, iTea’s pudding is so unlike other gulaman-like tasteless pudding that other milk tea outlets have. The pearls are chewy and are comparable to the ones that Pau-pau and Cha Time serve. The ratio of the pudding and pearls to the liquid is sufficient so that you’ll be sipping either pudding or pearls until the last drop.
The liquid blend engages your palate with something different. Unlike other milk tea outlets, where the drink tastes more like milk, when a milk tea should be precisely a blend of milk and tea, and not milk with watery tea, iTea does justice to the blend. There is enough milk so that the drink is creamy, but there is also a delectable hint of bitterness of the tea which is countered by a sweet syrup. The result is a perfectly balanced drink that excites your taste buds with the simultaneous infusion and disharmony of bitterness and sweetness.
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