Smiling at Happy Lemon

For months, word has been going around that one of Hong Kong's popular milk tea brand is coming to Manila. Wild guesses were thrown here and there as to which particular brand this would be. Finally a happy yellow tarpaulin was put up beside Fully Booked Greenhills and I recognized the cute winking girl from our trip to Guangzhou, China last year. Happy Lemon is coming to town!

Finally, the long wait is over and Happy Lemon finally opened to the public a couple of weeks ago. Despite the crazy traffic happening in and around the Greenhills Shopping Center, Paul and I were very determined to finish our Christmas shopping before December begins thus we patiently waited in line to get a parking slot. After almost crossing out our to-do list, we rewarded ourselves with a visit to Happy Lemon.

I love the bright yellow interiors and the winking little girl is just so adorable. The store is still having their soft opening at the moment but I noticed that the service was pretty good. There was a line at the counter giving me around 5 minutes to stare that their long list of drinks and to make my choice.

I went for the Green Tea with Rock Salt and Cheese (Php. 80) as this was highly recommended by my friend L who has tried Happy Lemon a number of times. To be honest, I was a bit hesitant as my taste buds are used to the caramelly sweet milk teas but to have cheese and salt added into my drink, I wasn't really that sure if I'd like it. Then again, Paul told me to just make a go for it and who knows, I might just end up liking it.

He was right. 

I was instructed by the server to just drink it straight from the cup to enjoy the mix of the salt, cheese and the freshly brewed tea. It's like enjoying a slice of Green Tea Cheesecake where I can taste the perfect combination of the sweet, bitter and salty taste. It was truly yummy!

I'm glad that Happy Lemon is finally here in Manila and I now have a place to go to when I find myself craving for a cup of ice cold milk tea while doing my Greenhills bargain shopping.

photo credit: Paul Ang

Happy Lemon is located at the Ground Floor of the Greenhillls Promenade, San Juan City.

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