We were invited by Dr. Pearl to the opening day of their first Metro Manila branch last Sunday, March 27 at Robinsons Metro East and we were treated to a quick introduction of their brand, their products, and a scoop on their future plans for Dr. Pearl in Metro Manila plus drinks and a loot bag!
About Dr. Pearl
I was really excited when I looked their website up on the net because I thought (I really thought), that Dr. Pearl was a Japanese brand imported here in the Philippines, but, apparently, Dr. Pearl is a Taiwan brand that has been franchised here in the Philippines since 2006, but from that time until before their Robinsons Metro East branch, most of their branches are located in the Northern Luzon area. So being a Taiwan brand, everything is imported from Taiwan. Yes, all the ingredients, little bits and pieces in the shop, are shipped from Taiwan to the Philippines. And with the shipping comes the question of quality and safety. They assured that all their ingredients are melamine free, and to attest to their commitment to quality, they are ISO certified as well. I liked their shop theme which was overall hip Asian, cute, and pink. ^_^; And of course, I love the sakura flower in the logo…
About Their Product
Ok, it gets tricky (a little bit) in this area because they offer a variety of things you can drink and eat, but to make it easy for you to digest, let me try to break it down in the simplest way possible.
For their cold drinks you can choose from Chantilly or Blended Shakes. And what’s “chantilly” you ask?
A French term referring to sweet or savory dishes that are prepared or served with whipped cream. Crème chantilly is lightly sweetened whipped cream — sometimes flavored with vanilla or LIQUEUR — used as a dessert topping.
– From Epicurious.com
Not satisfied with the description? Well, we have illustration too!
All flavors can be purchased as chantilly or as shake, the difference really is just the cream on top. So if you don’t want that, you can just order their shakes. Anyway, even without the cream on top, they still put cream in the juice so the drink (even without the chantilly) is still creamy. Another thing to note is that their juice selection can either be powder-based, juice-based and yogurt-based drinks. Aside from that, they have 38, yes THIRTY EIGHT cold drink flavors to choose from.
They also have hot drinks, the usual cafe offering, and some snack items like fries and toasts.
Ok, so without further ado, here’s the Robinson’s Metro East Menu:
Their other branches are bigger which featured comfortable spaces for customers who are dining in, and other hot dishes on the menu. Dr. Pearl has plans to open up bigger shops in Metro Manila so I’m looking forward to that.
What We Ordered
For our complimentary drinks, Mario wanted whatever was the sweetest flavor they had, which was “Ovaltine” (yes, from real Ovaltine powder) and I tried one of their best sellers which was “Melon”. Both our orders were Chantilly, so we had that chocolate and cream, plus pearls.
Mario had no complaints and said that the sweetness was just right, in fact, what we both really noticed was how REALLY REALLY SOFT and WONDERFULLY CHEWY the pearls were. Soft and chewy? How can they be soft and chewy at the same time? Well, it’s soft because when you bite on the little pearls, they don’t really fight back as much as the other pearls from other brands do, but they’re still a little “together” enough to chew and let you enjoy that part too. The pearls are prepared every 4 hours. Not once for the whole day, but every 4 hours, to ensure that they’re as soft and chewy as we got them!
Again, the same soft and chewy pearls in mine. To be honest, I forgot that I was drinking melon. I think I got too carried away with the pearls that I really forgot about the melon flavor so I couldn’t comment on that… ^_^; Gomen! But here’s what we both noticed, we were full after that 1 serving of small Chantilly. Well, you can take into consideration that we were also munching on Dr. Pearl puffs (will blog about this soon) before these drinks got to our tables.
We were really blown away by the pearls… ^_^ And I’m still intrigued by the seemingly limitless number of drink combinations… I mean, if you ordered Ovaltine Chantilly, and opted for a caramel cream top, and (instead of pearls) coffee jellies, how do you think would that taste? I also love the fact that they have a lot of flavors to choose from and in different types of drinks too (the juice, powder and yogurt-based ones). It might be a bit overwhelming at first, just like when we were asked to choose our free drink flavor, I couldn’t decide right away because there were just too many on the menu. But I think when I come back I have clearer plan of attack in terms of what to order next. ^_^
Watch out for Dr. Pearls in Manila, in particular, Robinsons Manila also, a possible “BABY” size because their small is actually medium compared with other brands.
Level 5(near cinema) Robinsons Metro East–Pasig City
* The event featured in this article was sponsored by
Dr. Pearl and the products were provided free for
review/blogging purposes, butbut the whole article is 100%
the opinion of the writer and was not influenced by the company.