Friday, June 14, 2019

Love at First Sip: Alishan at The Alley

Milk tea has been part of Filipinos diet for a few years now and it seems to be taking a bigger chunk of the food pyramid. We even ranked as one of the top countries in terms of milk tea consumption. And it's getting harder and harder to avoid this addictive drink when you see a shop or two in almost every corner. But I might have to sign up for Milk Tea Anonymous for I found myself braving the traffic one Saturday just to get hold of Alishan at The Alley's talked about milk tea.

Hello, Alishan.
Alishan at The Alley should not be confused with The Alley which first opened in Mall of Asia. The former is managed by Dean & Deluca and has nothing to do with the milk tea shop with reindeer in its logo aside from sharing "The Alley". 
I heard that the line here could be long on weekdays so I opted to go on a weekend instead. And it was a great idea as there was only one customer ahead of me. I went for Brown Sugar Pearl Milk with Cheese Brûlée (PHP120 | PHP140) and Shizuoka Matcha Latte (PHP120 | PHP140) which are both bestsellers of Alishan. 
I was quite disappointed with Xing Fu Tang's and Tiger Sugar's milk boba drinks so I was a bit worried with Alishan's. But reviews saying this joint offers really good (and sweet) brown sugar milk boba made me go for it. 
And it was indeed good! Each sip had that pronounced taste of brown sugar and milk. The pearls were cooked to perfection as it was chewy, not mushy or too firm. I was not asked for the sweetness level for this drink but it was spot on to my preference. I couldn't taste the cheese brûlée though so I'll probably go for Brown Sugar Pearl Milk with Cream next time which is PHP10 cheaper.
Shizuoka Matcha Latte was great too! The green tea flavor was there and beautifully blended with milk. It wasn't bitter at all so non-matcha drinkers would enjoy this drink too. And again, the pearls were delightful.
Aside from the superb drinks, I also loved the lightning speed service. My drinks were ready right after I paid for it. It was as if the staff read my mind! 
Someone commented on one of my posts that Alishan's drinks are not consistent in taste. There are days when it's good and some when it isn't. If true, I do hope that this gets fixed fast as they serve great tasting drinks. 
I can't wait to try its other drinks and for it to open somewhere up North!

Alishan is located at Ground Floor, Ore Central Building, 31st Street Corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

Alishan at The Alley Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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