I love milk tea, but it has to be a good one before I can fully enjoy it. I don't buy milk tea just for the sake of quenching my thirst, instead, it has to give me that enjoyable experience with every sip. I'd like to share with you a recent favorite of mine, which I can't believe I just tried for the first time early this month! I had the great opportunity to attend Dakasi's Grand Launch held at their newly-opened Dela Rosa branch in Makati (just between Greenbelt 5 and Paseo).
Dakasi Dela Rosa in Makati
To give you a short story about Dakasi - let's start with the name! Dakasi is actually 大卡司 in Chinese, which means "big cast". It's named as such because Dakasi has an all-star cast of drinks: from traditional bubble milk tea, fruit teas, to hot teas, and even coffee. There's definitely something for everyone here!
It was on February 14, 2012, when Dakasi opened their first store in the Philippines, located in Marquee Mall, Pampanga. Within just 1 year, they have expanded into 17 branches all over the Philippines. Whether you're in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, or Indonesia, you can enjoy the consistent great taste and freshness in every cup of Dakasi beverage.
- To "shake" only upon order
- To use TAPIOCA pearls that do not exceed 3 hours of shelf life (Anything that sits on the shelf for more than 3 hours gets tossed into the bin.)
- To use high quality tea leaves in brewing tea (Dakasi only uses imported tea leaves from Taiwan, compared to other brands that use powder mixes for their milk tea.)
- Not to use tea powder or overnight tea (Dakasi doesn't compromise the quality of their drinks just for the sake of not wanting to waste ingredients.)
- To use freshly cooked quality sugar (Dakasi doesn't use the usual industrial sugar, but instead they cook their own sugar. Same goes for their pearls, teas, and even their ice to ensure maximum freshness and cleanliness of their products.)
- To guarantee Customer Satisfaction
Aside from their wide array of drinks, Dakasi will be adding snacks on their menu in a few weeks.
I spy some bread, cheesesteak sandwiches, and other healthy and equally yummy snacks to go with their drinks.
Since it was my first time to try Dakasi, I went for their bestselling drink, Bubble Milk Tea.
Dakasi Bubble Milk Tea
Did it live up to the hype? I'd love to tell you, YES! I am a lover of the usual Okinawa, Hokkaido, and Wintermelon milk teas, but this one is just pure creamy, smooth, and fragrant indulgence. I can distinctly taste the milkiness of this one, and it's never too sweet. The pearls are a bit smaller than the ones I am used to, but they're soft, chewy, and definitely fresh. This has become my instant favorite, that I had 2 large servings during the event. Haha! I know I should have tried other variants, but there's always a next time.
With my favorite Dakasi Bubble Milk Tea
Speaking of next time, my friends and I went to Dakasi in Banawe just last Saturday for another milk tea fix after a long day at work.
Banawe and Trinoma are the branches closest to me, so looks like I'll be having my milk tea more often! I'll share with you what we got.
Dakasi Bubble Milk Tea (Regular P90.00, Large P100.00)
Since this was my favorite, I talked my Okinawa Milk Tea-loving friend to try Dakasi's Bubble Milk Tea. And true enough, he enjoyed it as much as I did!
Oreo Milk Tea (Regular P90.00, Large P100.00)
This one is for Oreo-lovers, and I think it's best enjoyed as is, without any sinkers. This was my friend's order, and she liked it because it had cookie bits in it and it wasn't too sweet as well.
Strawberry Au Lait (Regular P90.00, Large P100.00) +
Chocolate Pudding (P15.00)
For a change, I ordered Strawberry Au Lait, which is a fruity yoghurt drink. I should have gotten it without a sinker as well so I could enjoy it at its sweet and tangy state. This drink reminded me of the strawberry yoghurt snacks I usually buy from the supermarket. And, because it's yoghurt-based, don't expect it to be totally sweet. This one even has real strawberry bits in the drink, and is very smooth, refreshing, milky and fruity all at the same time.
Visit Dakasi's website and check out Dakasi Philippines on Facebook for more information, promos, and updates. Have you tried the well-loved milk teas (and other drinks) from Dakasi? Which one is your favorite? :)