It’s always a thrill to dine someplace pretty, since there’s an excuse for you to dress up, put on make-up, and wear your favorite shoes and accessories. But it’s not just that. Because the venue is too enticing, you find yourself staying longer, enjoying your surroundings, prolonging the conversation, and hopefully savoring the food as well.
When it comes to pretty places, da.u.de Tea Lounge is arguably that and more. It exudes youth, playfulness, and a touch of whimsy. I loved the interiors so much that we just had to take a picture with it as background as soon as the food arrived! He he he!
The place is fairly small, but it was utilized with the use of super bright lights and clever spacing, as the tea leaves and merchandise are displayed on the walls.
There’s a counter in the middle where you can see the staff prepare one-of-a-kind tea mixes.
So the place is cute, yaddy yaddy yadda. How about the food? The teas?
da.u.de Tea Lounge boasts of “traditional wellness for modern lifestyles.” They have around 70 tea variations, all selected and approved by the country’s very first Certified Tea Master (we have that??), Renee Sebastian.
Everything, from the food to the pastries – is infused with tea.
We ordered the Dallah Tea, which is oolong with lavender. Pretty safe order, but it’s one of the tea selections we were allowed to choose from in the High Tea Set coupon I bought from Deal Grocer. He he he!
Their presentation is just too cute! We have the same contraption at home and I love, love, love pressing the top and see the tea go down the cup. (Mababaw na kaligayahan)
This special High Tea Set has madeleines, scones, skala marmalade, lemon curd, and cottage cheese in the first tier, Roasted Vegetable Tartines and Crisp Pork Banh Mi Crostinis on the second tier, and apfelstrudel, tea brûlée, vanilla ice cream, and two macarons on the third tier.
We had this set for dinner, and you must be wondering why. First off, we tried to make it there before 6 p.m. But traffic was just killer. We got there after 6, and it was a good thing da.u.de management was understanding enough to still accept the coupon.
Anyway, everything from the set was just okay, except for the Crisp Pork Banh Mi Crostinis. Those pieces of crispy tea-infused pork with tea sriracha and vegetable slaw were particularly yummy and surprisingly filling!
Because it was already dinner time, we ordered something extra: da.u.de Pho. Rice noodles with herbs and ROAST PORK!!
There were only a couple of pieces of roast pork and it was so bitin. The pho itself I didn’t really love, so if the roast pork came in a sandwich or was served with rice, I’d relish it with gusto!
The first time we tried this place, it was really packed. But the second time around, there weren’t that many customers.
I think it’s a hit-or-miss place for most. I wish my taste buds were more attuned to appreciating the delicate and unique tea flavors.
We ordered some drinks for take-out during our second visit, since it came highly recommended by the waiters. One sip and I made a face. Tastes just like Chinese medicine! On the other hand, Francis found his drink too sweet.
Despite reactions like that, you can’t argue that eating at da.u.de is a healthier alternative than most restaurants. Maybe tea-infused food just requires an acquired taste?
da.u.de Tea Lounge is located at G/F Net Lima Building, 4th Avenue corner 26th Street, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig.
They are closed on Sundays.