RATING: FULL TONGUE-OUT
(My photo will be uploaded after my next Happy Lemon visit)
Drinks offered in various kiosks and spaces in the country are traditionally dominated by multi-national coffee shop companies. In the urban zone, these places have been observed to house barkadas catching up through unheard stories, students cramming over their papers and office workers trying to boost their stamina during the graveyard. Regardless if the hype has been due to the inviting, aromatic scent of the coffee or to capitalism, drinking coffee is an undeniable part of city living.
However, options have been gradually shifting from coffees to teas and other types of juices. This is somehow surprising since Filipinos were unaccustomed to tea drinks, at least before C2 was launched in the market.
As an initial treat, I feel the urge to review Happy Lemon.
I’ve actually heard of Happy Lemon as early as late September due to some vital connections. Ha-ha. Excitement immediately filled me in. The feeling was even amplified when I got informed in October about its soft launch last November 13. The month-long wait was not disappointing–I have to warrant it with full honesty.
As with other establishments, Happy Lemon provides its customers ideas on what to drink. If you’re too shy to ask a crew about this thing, just proceed directly to the counter and check out those drinks bearing the cute lemon logo beside them.
Of all names, why Happy Lemon? Have this question answered by the Lemon Series.
One step before entering and yet too conservative to try Happy Lemon? Then have a sip of the perilla AND never expect the drink to taste like your normally acidic lemonade!
The drink was refreshing but never too tangy to irritate your taste buds. This is the first drink I have ever tried at Happy Lemon. Never mind that you will be allowing these slimy perilla bits penetrate your system. It’s healthy, refreshing and interesting!
Just yesterday, I ordered Lemon Yogurt with Aloe. A perfect sweet-and-sour chemistry, the creamy lemon drink exhibited no signs of an overpowering taste even with the aloe serving as its sinker.
Doubt over the lemon-peppermint team-up plus the lemon logo will drive sceptics (and curious cats alike) to try Lemon Peppermint with Nata de Coco. Though it could have effected an icier sting inside my mouth, the drink is innovative enough to enjoy a different twist of lemon.
L-R: Lemon Yoghurt with Aloe, Lemon Peppermint with Nata de Coco
In summary, I’m certain of you loving the brand with the Lemon Series alone. As a suggestion, why not order these drinks instead of bottomless house blend iced tea in your restaurant of choice? ;)
Rocked to death!
To be honest, the drink’s concept was weird. Rock Salt and Cheese?! I had no idea then, but sources tell me it is the undisputed best-seller in Hong Kong.
On my second visit, I finally found the guts to order one of its variants (and the recommended one), the Green Tea with Rock Salt and Cheese. More than its weird name, the way of drinking this fabulous variant spells the weird fun out of it. Better be strict with the three rules you need to follow: DON’T MIX, DON’T USE A STRAW and DRINK IT AS IS.
The drink that gave me the biggest dilemma of my life
Its phenomenal taste solicited a highly priceless reaction from me. I was completely speechless and stunned while flashing my widest smile! Thinking if that was just at the initial, I continued sipping the cup. I was more surprised at myself asking for another cup!
Two weeks after, Ed Go (one of the owners) got curious with my experience. When he asked me, I genuinely admitted of encountering ‘withdrawal’ issues after finishing the drink. He and his girlfriend laughed, maybe out of the apparent humour of my honesty.
At the time of writing, I’m longing to gulp the cheesy-creamy-salty-healthy drink.
On the other hand, the remaining Rock Salt and Cheese variants (Coffee and Cocoa) are also excellent choices. The former is best for those who can explore beyond the classic coffee preparation while the latter somehow reminds me of Sustagen with a rich texture.
Happy Every Visit, Happy Everyday
Happy Lemon has the capability to inject a light, refreshing aura to its customers beyond the virtue of its name. More than the attention-seeking ambiance it exhibits in the heart of Greenhills, I can sense tact but aggressive lead to innovate.
Since it’s still having its dry run, expect some glitches in terms of service. The good thing, though, is the open-mindedness of its owners to take criticisms for improvement. My best buddy and I agree that these people are ‘young passionate professionals who see the potential of franchising specialty drinks to the evolving Filipino taste’. Coupled with the radiating passion of its owners, I can see a Happy Lemon happily offering its success to its customers.
P.S. I’m yet to review its milk teas! I will be featuring them in the future. ;)