Friday, July 15, 2016

First Dibs: llaollao Philippines

It has been quite a while since I first saw an Instagram post featuring this new yogurt place opening in Glorietta. Curious with this new and rather late yogurt player, I did a bit of research and discovered that this brand is quite popular and well-loved in Europe, particularly in Spain. It is also a craze in Singapore where it has its largest store. Several foodies were giddy about the opening and their excitement was as contagious as the worst virus. Without knowing its taste or what sets it apart from other brands like Red Mango and White Hat, I became ecstatic with the store’s grand opening. And finally, the day llaollao (pronounced as Yao Yao) opens its doors to the public has arrived!

Hello, llaollao
Located at the ground floor of Glorietta 2, across Landmark, it is a store that doesn’t even need to demand attention as you’ll easily spot it. The brightly lit and and predominantly white store makes it an ideal photo shoot location for its mouthwatering swirls. 
This Spanish frozen yogurt shop boasts of its stores using natural ingredients which provide healthy values such as 46% of calcium recommended daily allowance for a medium-sized tub. They also use skimmed milk making it perfect for the calorie counter foodies. Oh and llaollao’s frozen yogurt has zero trans fat and is gluten-free. Winner!!!

Sanum is llaollao's signature parfait and it was a hit during its media launch and I could see why. The three layers of fresh fruit, two crunches, syrup and frozen yogurt combination was presented ready to be Instagrammed. And we finally get to indulge in some thanks to the llaollao team! 
Just like most yogurt shops around, you could also customize your yogurt based on your preference. In llaollao, you could play around with three types of fruits, two crunches and one sauce. With several toppings to choose from, combination possibilities are endless! (Okay, fine, there are roughly 700 possible combinations.) I went with a safe mix of strawberry, kiwi, dragonfruit, Filipino White Chocolate Biscuit, muesli with chocoates and Lotus syrup. Only one size is available for Sanum and it's priced at PHP199.
The yogurt base was thick and had a creamy consistency. It was not icy at all! It was also slightly tangy so do not expect the usual vanilla ice cream tasting yogurt that'll make you question if you are indulging in a healthy treat. 
The strawberry and kiwi chunks added tanginess to the treat while the muesli and Filipino biscuit added crunch. The dragonfruit bits and syrup were sweet and complemented the tangy yogurt and other fruit bits. The combination was so addicting that I finished it in less than 10 minutes. And I was yearning for more! Despite its spectacular taste, I had to limit myself with just one cup as I have a heavy dinner tonight. (Yes, I am doing a real time review here.) 
I will definitely visit llaollao again when I’m around the area or perhaps in MOA. Or perhaps wait for its BGC store to open. (llaollao plans to open 8 branches before the year ends!  Yes… wow is the word.)
Note: Not in the mood for fro-yo? llaollao also serves yogurt smoothies, Sensations fresh fruit slush and waffles! The best thing here is that they use only the freshest fruits available to make your drinks! They also have take away tubs to bring home and enjoy with your love ones and home buddies. They also have petite cups at usual Nestle yogurt cup size (PHP39).
Special thanks to Eric Dee for the invite! 
llaollao is located at Ground Floor, Glorietta 2 (across Landmark), Makati City.

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