(Sorry for the late update! School was a little hectic, but I'm here now! :D)
I've always loved tea ever since I was a child. I grew up drinking tea everyday, with all my meals, which probably explains why I never grew taller after 6th grade... Of course, that's just an urban legend, because I'm pretty sure lots of Asians who drink tea regularly are tall, so it's probably just my genes. Anyway.
I've always wondered why tea wasn't more popular in the Philippines as it is in China, Japan, Korea, etc., but I guess that's just part of our culture, seeing as we were a Spanish colony for a long time so we never received a lot of British or Portuguese influences. Recently though, tea has become more of a novelty product, with lots of bubble tea and milk tea stores sprouting up all over the place.
When I first heard about Kozui Green Tea, I thought it was another one of those faux-Japanese restaurants, where they serve you Westernized versions of Japanese food that is not even the least bit authentic. However, I was quite surprised because despite the initial impression I had of the store, Kozui Green Tea is the real thing.
|Outside Kozui Green Tea|
Just stepping into Kozui Green Tea, you can instantly feel the charm of the little cafe, the interior of which is decorated in a light green and white motif. Cakes like Green Tea Tiramisu and Green Tea Cheesecake are on display in the glass cabinet beside the counter where you also place your order before taking a seat.
|Inside Kozui Green Tea|
|Kozui's adorable menu|
|Green Tea Chilled Soba|
But anyway, I'm digressing, so let's move on to the main highlight: Kozui Green Tea's drinks!
I tried their Green Tea Latte which is just that, steaming green tea with milk and a bit of foam. It was fantastic! It came in a huge mug, which had to contain at least 16 ounces of green tea deliciousness. Unlike most other green tea lattes, this one was just very mildly sweet, perfect for enjoying the harmonious blend of the green tea and milk. If you enjoy the taste of authentic green tea, I highly recommend this! :)
|Green Tea Latte|
|Genmaicha Green Tea|
And, we come to the last part of our amazing meal at Kozui, the desserts. As I mentioned earlier, they have several green tea-flavored cakes such as Tiramisu and cheesecake, but we were so full we had space for only one more dessert.
So of course, we tried their specialty, anmitsu, which is similar to Filipino halo-halo. It is crushed ice topped with red beans, red bean paste, green tea jelly and dango balls (similar to bilu-bilo in ginataang halo-halo). You can also choose between mango, strawberry, or melon fruit toppings, and also between green tea ice cream (soft serve) or frozen yogurt. We decided to go with the ice cream, seeing as we consumed so much green tea, a little unhealthy treat wouldn't do us any harm. ;) Needless to say, the anmitsu was the perfect sweet ending to our trip to Kozui Green Tea.
|Mango anmitsu with green tea ice cream|
If you're a fan of Japanese green tea, then definitely, definitely try out Kozui! It's the closest to Japan you're gonna get! :)
Kozui Green Tea
258 B Tomas Morato Ave.,
(near Kimono Ken)