Tucked within the second floor of the Red Square Building in Smallville is a small milk tea shop that is somehow sealed from the lucid view of milk tea patrons unless known by word of mouth. TrEA House Iloilo creates an exciting alternative to fanatics of the now fashionable Taiwanese drink with a more extensive selection to its menu.
The more laid-back atmosphere does not intimidate anyone from going in and out thus creating attraction to its younger benefactors. Though given its limited space, the place is well-lighted with bright colored paintings of yellow and green trees on the wall. About nine sets of tables and funky chairs sit casually in a well-crowded spot, each able to accommodate at most three people. A small counter is located at the corner, just beneath a mini loft (not yet opened), which can soon become an attractive place for hanging out or a casual date in the afternoon.
Aside from the charm of the place, various milk tea options are offered, from the classic iced cold milk tea to hot teas and yummy fuit tea flavors.
The Classic Milk Tea with Pearl sinkers can be tried in five different flavors. Prices of the classic milk teas range from Php85.00 to Php89.00. The Wintermelon Milk Tea, which is among their best seller, has somewhat the subtle taste of the white gourd or winter gourd. Other best sellers of the classic milk tea include taro, chocolate and cookies and cream.
Fruit Teas are also available and this time, with jelly sinkers instead of the usual pearl sinkers. The best seller in fruit teas is the Greenapple flavor, which is priced at Php98.00.
A personal favorite is the Rock Salt and Cheese Milk Tea, which provided the perfect combination of salty-sweet taste of salt and cream cheese. It creates the perfect topping for any flavored milk tea, with or without any sinkers. Rock salt and Cheese milk teas at TrEA House do not include any sinkers but you can add them for an extra cost. Best sellers are Cocoa (Php92.00) and Cookies and Cream (Php94.00).
Other milk tea alternatives are Yummy Yakult Flavors with Jelly, Latte and Hot Teas. Add ons for toppings and sinkers include jellies in different flavors, pearl, rocksalt & cheese, redbean, black sugar and creamer.
Also offered are regular-sized cupcakes in three variants: Rockyroad Brownie, Milky Cheese and Strawberry-filled. Each cost Php50.00. (Much to my dismay, I was unable to try one since we were quite full that night. )
Here’s a rundown of what we had for that night:
1 – Wintermelon Milk Tea – Php85.00
1 – Cookies and Cream Milk Tea With Rock Salt And Cheese – Php94.00
TOTAL – Php179.00
2nd floor Red Square Complex, Smallville Complex
(beside Hui Zhen Korean-Chinese Style Restaurant)
Brgy. San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City
Telephone No.: 300-1204
Operating Hours: 3PM – 12MN, Daily
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