Mandarin Oriental Deli is one of those places where you can have a perfect productive afternoon downtime in. The place is busy but conducive for conversation, relaxing but not too much that the place makes you want to sleep.
Once in a while I drop by just to take a look and drool over their delicious pralines. This is quite a dangerous habit as I tend to end up buying a piece or two, which is not exactly good for my diet (and wallet, although they are really not that expensive, Php 85/piece I think). The varieties range from white to dark, plain, fruit flavoured or with nuts.
This was one of those impulse buys. The name was very intriguing to me. Tea Flavoured Chocolate Mousse, now, isn’t that something people will be curious about? Especially for me, because I like tea. At Php 135 for personal size, I went for it (whole cake is at Php 1185).
The taste of tea was very evident upon taking my first spoonful. It was not the bitter taste of tea that I was expecting (like that of black tea). It was leaning more on tasting like some sort of herb or leaf. That taste was enveloped in a sweet, soft and creamy texture of the mousse. The chocolate flavour was sweet, I would have preferred something not as sweet although the tea concept was a nice refreshing twist to the cake. The tea taste lingered a little while longer too.
A dessert of this kind is best paired with brewed coffee, unsweetened. Oh well, until my next impulse craving and purchase!
Oooh, let me share you some photos of Tin Hau food as well. I am a fan and I always say yes to dining here.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Manila
Makati Avenue, Makati City 1226
(63 2) 7508888 extension 2415