The outdoor section of da.u.de.
The signage already tells you how it's pronounced: da-you-deh. da.u.de is the brainchild of Renee Sebastian Domingo, a Certified Tea Master by the American Tea Masters Association. I'm not sure but at the time, they said they were still in a soft opening phase.
It's a cute place with dainty all-white interiors, huge glass windows, and a really high ceiling. There's a counter near the entrance and behind it are large dispensers of several tea varieties. The high shelves are occupied by canisters upon canisters of different tea blends, as well as tea sets, presses, mugs, and more. I actually loved the atmosphere here.
Lots and lots of tea. This is the section to the right of the door.
The area to the door's left.
All things tea on display and for sale.
Gift items for tea lovers.
One cute thing about this place are the white walls where guests are encouraged to scribble and profess their love for the place, and maybe for tea in general. I just wonder how long it will take before the walls go from cute to downright dirty with all the writings on them.
At da.u.de, "vandalism" is not frowned upon.
I enjoyed the displays because they don't look too put-together. Hey, even the restroom's lovely.
Justice by tea.
I'm not a tea connoisseur, so as expected, I was overwhelmed by the menu. There was everything from curated tea to spiked concoctions. There were also guilty pleasure offerings as well as low calorie solutions. Clueless, I let the coffee lover in me take over and ordered a coffee-infused option (Php 90 for a small-sized cup). Unfortunately, I didn't like it that much. But maybe I'll nail it down with my order eventually.
It was dinner time but I had my eyes set on one of the few scones left, which I got with a side of bacon and egg -- breakfast! The scone was good although I don't exactly remember having any sense of elation over it. I also didn't like that the bacon wasn't crispy.
Bacon's supposed to be crispy, to me at least :)
My Bibe, on the other hand, had better luck with her order. She got "The Farmer" set breakfast (Php 310) that consisted of English bangers, roasted tomatoes, mushroom, egg with Earl Grey Hollandaise sauce, and Roesti. The Roesti, which you could liken to a potato pancake, was quite good. Still hungry, I tried their homemade yogurt (Php 280, add'l Php 20 if with fresh fruit).
"The Farmer" set breakfast.
Food-wise, there's a host of other items on their menu that aren't breakfast. They have pasta, sandwiches, soup, and salad, with prices ranging from Php 200 to Php 390.
Now this wouldn't be a tea lounge without an afternoon tea time set, would it? They have at least three different sets, each good for two, and are priced Php 1,000 and Php 1,400 depending on your choice. That one, I suppose, I'll love. It just wasn't tea time anymore when we visited, so probably next time.
da.u.de is lovely place for tea and a chat with friends. Quite pricey, yes, but maybe true-blue tea lovers wouldn't mind. It pays to know your tea, though, as the menu can get a little overwhelming to the uninitiated. Service is great but I'm not sure about the food, at least based on what we've tried. But I guess I'll just have to stick to pastries next time, or have one of their tea time sets perhaps.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend it to those who aren't really into tea. But if you are, then by all means go. Personally, though, I'd give it another shot and hopefully, get my order right this time.
Just one more cutesy touch: your check is given to you inserted in a children's book.
da.u.de is located at the G/F of Net Lima Bldg along 4th Avenue in Bonifacion Global City, Taguig. It's in the same building as White Flour.
They have a new Makati branch at the Y2 Residence Hotel Lobby along Santiago Street corner Singian Street near Makati Avenue.