Long before Chowking’s Nai Cha went mainstream, I loved milk tea. I used to make my own (cheap) version by soaking a Lipton tea bag in hot water and then adding one sachet of Nestle Cream and a pinch of sugar. I even remember the first time I had that drink, it was years ago, at Eden Nature Park, when I felt guilty about abusing the buffet privilege. (I thought drinking tea was supposed to make me feel better.)
Everytime I want a fresh cup of milk tea, I knew where to go. I’d go to Chowking. But well, I’d be lying if that statement still holds true now. Because there’s Tea Amo.
Tea Amo is a bright, quaint tea and coffee shop along Tionko. They’re located at the space previously rented by Baker’s Basket, just a few meters away from Central Bank.
Owners Chiara and April Mesiona said that the place is inspired by K-Pop and, of course, youth. “We wanted it to look like any youngster’s hangout, but one with good food and drinks to boot”, says Chiara at the recently concluded Bloggers’ Soiree held at Tea Amo. With the plush fuchsia seats, bright-hued furniture and cute knick-knacks as decor, they’re undeniably living up to their vision.
Now that I’m done talking about the place, let’s talk about the food. Tea Amo boasts of upscale home-made treats at rock bottom prices. Their tea, coffee and smoothie collection may be easily customized too, according to the level of sweetness and your favorite sinker/ topping. Their yummy cakes, pasta and other tummy-filling treats are made straight out of their kitchen. They even tell stories of how heartbreaking it is to leave the shop when they have to go somewhere! That is why Chiara and April had to take turns in staying at the shop.
What I particularly like about Tea Amo is the fact that you can truly get your money’s worth. Their huge selection of milk teas and other beverages go for a little less than a hundred bucks. They have recently added rice meals and pasta to their menu as well, and they don’t cost over P150. Lastly, since the place is very accessible, you can just take the jeepney and minutes later, you can get your desired milk tea fill.
Kudos to Tea Amo for raising the bar in the cafe arena! And cheers to more homegrown brands for our beloved city with products that make us go…Ti Amo. 🙂
Tea Amo is located at Sanny Sweets Bldg., Tionko st., Davao city. Click THIS LINK to like their Facebook page.