Nestled in between buildings along the bustling Shaw Boulevard is a newly-opened Chinese restaurant that you’ll want to start bringing your family and friends to no matter what the occasion!
Teakha (which means Tea House) was created by a family of Filipino-Chinese descent who mainly did catering services and private events for friends and acquaintances, relying only on word-of-mouth referrals. But it was a leap of faith that urged them to officially open their own physical restaurant in Ortigas, employing a head chef that has trained in Hong Kong and possesses more than 20 years of Chinese culinary experience under his belt.
“In the very beginning, we were fearful that it wouldn’t work. I think, like with any other venture, people have the tendency to doubt themselves in the beginning. Our mindset was if it failed then at least we tried,” shared Kyle Go, Project Manager of Teakha.
She said that Teakha’s growing popularity in the past months was nothing like the team would ever imagine would happen so smoothly.
“So far, it has been a ride we didn’t expect. Majority of our new customers come back and have their family and friends in tow. We also did not expect new customers to become regulars. People just really really like our food, and we give credit for that to being family-owned,” he added. “The great thing about being family-owned is that we get to focus on the quality of our dishes. We get to retain the authentic Chinese taste by giving our chefs direct feedback. Speaking of direct feedback, we also get to directly chat and talk to our customers, which makes it easy for us to adjust our service and approach accordingly. We get to cut right to the chase.”
During our visit to Teakha, we were fortunate to try plenty of their signature dishes, including the Honey Glazed Squid, Oyster Cake, and Fried Spare Ribs with Garlic and Pepper.
We also got to indulge in their crowd favorites, the Nestum Chicken which is a fried coated chicken with Nestum cereal, and Fried Lapu-Lapu with Soy Sauce. All these we paired with Salted Fish Fried Rice.
For drinks, we had Black Gulaman, Apple Lemon Juice, Cranberry Juice, and delicious and comforting Honey Lemon Chamomile Tea.
As for dessert, don’t miss out on their Almond Lychee and their Tri-Color Butchi with different delicious flavors: chocolate, ube, and sweet bean paste.
“For us, Chinese food is really quite special because of how every dish can complement each other,” Kyle noted. “The spices used to cook Chinese food create a great blend of flavors, which makes pairing dishes a really easy task. Chinese cuisine is where we really shine, and I don’t think we would have done anything differently.”
Teakha is located along 707 Shaw Boulevard, Pasig City. Note: use Google Maps instead of Waze to find their restaurant. They are open every day from 8 AM to 11 PM.
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