The money I’d been meaning to spend on bargain clothes went to coffee and waffles with gelato. It was after I discovered that the thrift stores in Intramuros were closed for the holidays (this was during the long weekend… yeah, so much for wanting to go shopping). Instead of going home and bear the “hey-you-just-left!-you’re-home-already?” look on my people’s faces, I went malling instead, the closest being SM Manila. There I found the latest subject of my blog, a gelateria/coffee shop called Caffe Ti-amo.
The moment I opened the glass door, I was greeted with warmness, and I don’t mean the staff, but the room temperature. I wondered what’s wrong with their AC, or did they actually set it on? I almost balked because the last thing I wanted was to stay in another oven-like place (my house does it just fine, thank you) until I laid my eyes on the lovelies; those colorful, ultimately charming, hard-to-resist gelatos sitting prettily inside the glass display case. That’s it, that won me over.
Ambiance was good enough for me. Soft lighting, brick walls, caramel-colored cushioned chairs, and dark brown-colored ceiling. The baristas were cordial and the place was not crowded, perfect for some time alone. Eventually, I realized that the air conditioning was on, wish they turned it up a bit though.
I looked at their menu and was quite pleased to see that prices are affordable; not as expensive as other gelaterias like Cara Mia and Haagen Dazs (the latter I’ve yet to try). [Read: Review of Cara Mia Gelateria]
For drinks, I had a regular-sized Caramel Macchiato (PHP 119). They asked me if I wanted to to have it on paper cup or glass cup, since I’m staying anyway I picked the latter. The taste is a Randy Jackson (it’s just aight). The flavor was not as robust or as full as the one you can get from Starbucks, but it’s not bad.
I had waffles topped with Blueberry Cheesecake Gelato (PHP 95). Of course, this was what got me all excited. The chocolate and caramel syrup, the confectioner sugar, a scoop of whip cream, and the pieces of peaches and kiwi made for a good presentation.The waffle was surprisingly crisp but not plump or dense as other waffles that I tried. The blueberry gelato, on the other hand, was really good, it’s sweet with just the right sour kick. It was another confirmation that gelato does it better than regular ice cream. Not bad for 95 bucks.
So I stayed there for over an hour, enjoyed my food and drinks, my just-purchased Cosmo magazine, and the free WiFi of Burger King (they got a pretty good signal!). I had been wanting some alone time of late, so it’s good to have finally had it.
So there you go, for cheaper and good gelato, try Caffe Ti-amo.
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A.J. Villegas St., Manila