Hate tea? This tea bar’s chocolate chip tea will change your mind

Perry’s Tea Bar and Kitchen also infuses tea into their pastries and alcoholic drinks

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After the third-wave coffee explosion, the public, caffeine-addicted or not, might now be willing to take artisanal teas seriously. That’s why a few kilometers away from the restless Bonifacio Global City, the co-owners of Refinery that serves specialty coffee opened Perry’s Tea Bar and Bakehouse, a new place to loosen up which specializes in niche but not snobbish teas.

Tucked in McKinley West, Perry’s takes advantage of the yet to be fully developed area. It’s a comforting space that basks with a constant supply of light in the daytime thanks to the floor to ceiling glass walls illuminating its dimensions. The spotlight is also at the tea bar with a steel finish at the center, which gives the quaint room of bright marble and brass homeware an edge without the rigidity.

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Perry’s named after the family pug of Ro Cortez, one of the co-owners of the tea bar. Perry, a rescue dog, traveled a lot with the family.

There, the staff readies teas Gong Fu style, a kind of tea preparation from China where every element—from water to equipment to steeping time—is keenly supervised. We’re willing to undergo all that beautiful fuss to make a damn good elemental cuppa from Perry’s wide array of teas. Deviate from the usual green, jasmine, English breakfast, whathaveyou with their nostalgic chocolate chip, white peach, and white strawberry.

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Steeping teas would make you realize how three minutes can be long.
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Their teas served Gong Fu style makes tea drinking fun and “interactive so people can appreciate tea time more,” says Cortez who’s studying to be a tea sommelier.

If you want to immerse yourself in the cozy ritual of tea time, we recommend visiting Perry’s in the afternoon, when the ambiance is excellent and High Tea is served. From 2 to 7 p.m., customers can avail tea with two trays of biters—one for sweets (house-made brownies, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and salted dark chocolate fudge among many others) and one for savories (open-faced sandwiches, mini burgers with wagyu patty, empanadas).

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Perry’s High Tea set is available from 2 to 7 p.m. only.

But if you just want to de-stress with a remorseful act of alcohol relief, their free-flowing wine, sangria, rosé, and gin cart is available every day at any time. Pair these beverages with their more filling dishes.

The crowd’s favorite way to commence a good time at Perry’s is to bless their palates with the hypnotic pureed potato truffled dip topped with egg served with toasts. Take a whiff of this dip and you’ll be sucked into that truffle vortex along with others who plops this silky sous-vide potato puree on everything—burger, chips, balsamic glazed sirloin, and others.

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Pureed potato truffled dip

The restaurant’s African-inspired peanut curry soup served with black rice is also a good starter with its rich, pungent flavor. If you want something light and refreshing, opt for their Mediterranean salad with yogurt dressing.

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Peanut curry soup
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Mediterranean salad

Perry’s Burger is one of the must-tries. Although the star is definitely the grilled chunky and briny wagyu patty, we’d also like to put the spotlight on the sugary pineapple buns, soft yet crusty milk bread covered with sugar dough on the top a.k.a. the best succulent sidekick to the greasy beef. The burger is served with chips and mayo-based sauce blended with different kinds of spices.

For your pork fix, try their different take on the classic pork belly. Theirs is sous-vide and served with dehydrated tamarind and coconut sauce. It’s prepared on top of black rice, which is executive chef Hatch Bodegon’s choice. “We want to help farms that plant black rice. Besides, they’re delicious and underrated—you just have to cook it right,” he says.

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Perry’s Burger
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Crackling pork belly with tamarind coconut velouté

To conclude the main meal, try their squash chocolate muffin made from kabocha or Japanese squash. It’s topped with non-dairy coffee ice cream. But if you’re a next-level sweet tooth, their dark cherry glazed brownie might be a good meal-ender where soy-based dark chocolate ice cream bathes a dark cherry balsamic glazed brownie.

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Kabocha chocolate muffin
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Dark cherry glazed brownie

The people behind Perry’s understand how tiring the city can be. So next time you feel a little burned out, perhaps you could use a tea time or free-flowing wine in this new den that encourages slowing down.

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