Duck Tacos, Tea-Infused Gin, and No MSG: This Hong Kong-Style Speakeasy is Poblacion’s Newest Attraction

Words by: Miko Insame

Photos by: Danielle Capuyon

Poblacion’s gotten a hot new act…

and her name is Ms. Gee.

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Who is she? We want to know her.

A brainchild from the minds of concepts such as Roku, Sushi Nori, Nara Thai and not surprisingly, Lan Kwai. This spiritual older sibling to the Katipunan-based hotspot shares the same red light intimacy that made her younger brother so famous, adapting the speakeasy-style of serving mouthwatering food for dinner so it can tide you over into the real fun later into the night but adding her own little flair to cater to her Poblacion patrons.

We here at the WIM Team got invited over for their Grand Opening and Chinese New Year celebration and we must say, Ms. Gee is making big strides already.

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Neon, red candles, good food, and great booze. Ms. Gee is all about that.

Despite the play on words that birthed her name, Ms. Gee‘s executive chef promises that you will find no trace of MSG in their menu offerings. Standouts from the food side of things include their Dong Bo Pork Belly, an amazingly soft and tender piece of pork belly in a rich, flavorful, tangy sauce with a side of mantou that you can make an incredibly delicious sandwich with.

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The true star of the food menu, however, was Ms. Gee‘s Duck Tacos. Peking duck paired with a very addicting sauce to pair with more traditional taco ingredients skyrockets this appetizer to the top. It’s the perfect starter in their menu, something that gets you in the mood to devour more of their offerings but has potential to, and honestly should, be an attraction all on its own.

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From left to right: Duck Tacos, Fried Dumplings, US Beef Finger & Xiao Xing Salmon

Aside from good food, Ms. Gee also has a stellar collection of booze.

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We couldn’t get enough of their Red and White Sangrias!

Ms. Gee provided all the tools for a great night out with their drinks being perfect complements to either their food or the music being provided to us that night by DJ Euric and more of Manila’s music scene such as Marga on the Mic, DJ Jom, Private Miller, and Curtismith. Their White and Red Sangria both catered to different tastes, with the white version offering a smooth, mild taste for the chill people in the group, while the red version gave a sweet and candy-like zing to the energetic partygoers.

Another standout from their drink menu is their G&Tea, which is essentially what milk tea is for party people.

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Infused with your choice of oolong, green, or jasmine tea and garnished with dried rose petals, the G&Tea looks classy, elegant and graceful. The drink provides a smooth hit of alcohol that is offset and actually works well with the fragrance from the roses and the tea. We were served the jasmine-infused G&Tea and were already set on coming back to try the oolong and green tea version of it.

Ultimately, Ms. Gee arrived on the Poblacion bar scene with a bang with a delicious menu, plentiful amounts of alcohol, and a great look. They look to be players in the Poblacion area for a long time to come and this writer is already looking forward to the next time he gets to visit Ms. Gee.

What do you guys think of this neon-lit speakeasy? Let us know what you’d order from their offerings and be sure to let Ms. Gee know as well using the hashtag #WhoIsMsGee!

Ms. Gee

Instagram: @whoismsgee

For reservations: 0995 914 0046

5666 Don Pedro St. Brgy Poblacion
Near Z Hostel
Sundays to Wednesdays: 6 PM – 1 AM
Thursdays to Saturdays: 6 PM – 3 AM

DSC00600Photo by Andrei Suleik, from the event
DSC00263Photo by Andrei Suleik, from the event