Wonderland-themed tea salon figures out the blend for coffee-less cappuccino

And it serves milk teas that aren't 70% sugar


Throwback to a pre-Tim Burton stylized daydream.

In the seventh chapter of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter  “Hatta” recounts the tale behind his eternal call for tea. Once upon a time, the delusional hat maker was sentenced to death by the Red Queen for “murdering the time” with a song. He escapes the beheading, but then Time, who’s a man in the fantasy novel, halts himself to trap the Mad Hatter at 6:00 pm (“one-minute to tea time”) forever.

Alice Tea Salon takes this piece of madness from the fantasy novel and brings the Hatta’s eternal tea damnation to reality with subtly themed interiors and a tea-centric menu.  

Time stands still with this art installation inside the tea salon

This tea salon finds order in the chaotic world of its inspiration. They translated the theme of Wonderland to their interiors via classic statement pieces, a mixture of textures, and tastefully selected pops of color.

By keeping things simple, this tea haven managed to keep things classy without being stuffy. The chessboard-reminiscent flooring even brings to mind a human-sized game of chess.

You won’t miss the door to his wonderland, hot pink and grand
In contrast, the counter is baby blue and cool to the eyes
There are small but notable trinkets in the salon as a throwback to Wonderland, like this key on the counter and the spades on the door

Of course, you can’t have a tea party without tea, so this salon is offering it in all ways, shapes, and forms. They have expertly brewed hot tea, made using an espresso machine customized for steeping loose tea leaves instead. They have hot and cold tea lattes, tea-based milkshakes, tea-based ice cream smoothies, and con pannas.

They even have a drink called Ruby Cappuccino, a cappuccino drink without a drop of coffee in it. The coffee is replaced with Ruby tea, a popular tea blend in Taiwan that gives off a reddish to brown color and a light peppermint flavor. 

This salon also expertly balances the ratio of tea and sugar in their lattes and milk teas—the advantage of having a menu exclusively dedicated to all things tea. Okay, there’s a couple of hot chocolate drinks in there; but other than that, everything they offer here is tea-based.

Gone are the days that us tea-lovers have to be wary of that bitter aftertaste of coffee in what’s supposedly a coffee-free drink. Or settling for the least bitter coffee drink in the menu.

Banoffee pie smoothie and brownie smoothie
Strawberry smoothie
The customized espresso machine used to press loose tea leaves
Matcha latté

To go with all these variants of tea, they have a selection of home-based cakes and pastries. They have sweet treats like chocolate mousse, ube cheesecake, and lemon bars. They also have savory meals like their quiche Lorraine and Spinach danish. In making your order, the trick is to pair the sweet pastries with the hot teas and the savory ones with the cold drinks. Personally, my favorite tandem is the Spinach danish with the English Breakfast con panna.

An added plus, the prices for these pastries are decidedly cheaper than the typical coffee shop’s. It’s more delicious, too. 

Word of advice, don’t leave this salon without trying their calamansi pie. The dessert has a light and fluffy cream that delivers a level amount of acidity balanced with some sweetness, a fresh twist on this familiar local flavor. 

Spinach danish with Ruby cappuccino
Matcha latté with red beans and calamansi pie
Matcha tea latté with red beans and chocolate mousse cake
Their pastries range from P50 to P150 for the cakes

If you ever wander here looking for coffee or complain over the absence of frappucinos on the menu, here are a few choice words from the March Hare for you:

If you don’t care for tea, you could at least make polite conversation!”

Lounge in these comfortable arm chairs, it’s like lounging with the Cheshire cat himself


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