Vampire Penguin

3/F Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila

Vampire Penguin
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12 Reviewers

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  • 13 Reviews
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Category:
Dessert
Business Hours
Open: 10:00a - 9:00p
Phone
+639178926422

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Monday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Thursday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Friday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p

Payment Options

Cash

More Business Info

Parking:
Parking Lot
Kids Menu:
Yes
Menus:
Dessert
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Sandy V.
4.0 Stars

Halo-halo 128077🏻

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Ac C.
5.0 Stars
3

Vampire Penguin has 3 new flavors in their secret menu! Black Cape Sesame, Polar Affogato and Mexican Candy 128525128525128525

I loved all 3 buy I loved the Polar Affogato more, the coffee, vanilla and chocolate in it ugghhhh sold me 128525128525128525

Anywho go and visit them to have a taste.. hurry cause they change their secret menu item from time to time 9786

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Abbey A.
4.0 Stars

Lurved this one! I shared a large size of the Smoreos with my boyfriend. At first, I thought it would be too much, pero parang it was bitin pa, because it was gooood. It wasn't too sweet, but I loved the contrast of the smooth ice, plus the crush grahams and oreos, and marshmallows 🤗

I wanna try the other flavors next time. Maybe I'll try the Dulce de Leche next, which comes with bananas on the side! 128539

I was only disappointed with the layout of the place. I thought the store with be enclosed and filled with Instagram worthy corners. But it's just a simple open layout with a counter and chairs and tables around. You don't even see them making the treat. ☹️

4 stars for you Vampire Penguin! 128039

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AlwaysHungryPh P.
4.0 Stars
9

On top of the recently opened 30th Mall is one of the latest talk of the town when it comes to desserts- Vampire Penguin’s shaved snow. It’s a franchise from California and their store here is first outside of the United States.

Snow in the Philippines is finally possible, thanks to the creative minds of the San Luis family. On this sponsored invite, we as media were able to try a number of types of shaved snow which are shaped like an inverted pail.

Let’s start with my favorite. Black Forest Snow. It has chocolate as base and strawberry as its secondary piece. It has chocolate chips, almonds, cherries and even more chocolate and strawberry through syrup form. It became a close alternative to the cake origin.

The crazy good one should go to Mango Ong. It’s a Filipino version with Mango snow, green mango and yes, salty bagoong on the side.

Another homegrown concept, Halo Halo shows Filipino pride. This consists of Taro snow, munggo beans, macapuno, taro paste, jackfruit, condensed milk, and a touch of flan. Am not sure what Razon’s would feel about this. They are in front of one another!

If you are a fan of sweet desserts, Lychee Snow should be your pick. This is lychee written all over it. This has Lychee snow, lychee fruit and lychee popping boba.

The place allows you as well to design your own. Now it’s time to be more playful? Drop by soon and tag @alwayshungryph in IG on your own creation. Happy snowing!

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Denise J.
5.0 Stars
2

I’m not quite sure how the words vampire and penguin ended up together but weird name aside, I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! 128039

We ordered their bestselling Strawberry Cheesecake and it exceeded all expectations. I honestly thought it was going to be underwhelming (because it’s just ice, right?!) but guuuurl, I was so wrong!

First of all, this thing is huge. It can probably feed 3, maybe even 4 people. Secondly, it’s soooo pretty! I know I spent a good 5 minutes just taking pictures of it. 128514 And of course, it wouldn’t be getting 5 stars if it wasn't delicious. 127775127775127775127775127775

I loved the huge chunks of cheesecake on the sides as well as the swirls of condensed milk and strawberry sauce around the border of the plate. As for the actual shaved snow dessert, it’s so fine and flavorful that it almost tricks you into thinking you’re eating ice cream. All of these things combined is a heavenly party in the mouth. 10084127827 127847 127856

Prices are a little a steep at Vampire Penguin but I think their desserts are definitely worth trying out!

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Pam L.
4.0 Stars

Summer is upon us, which totally justifies eating cold and icy sweet treats! 127774

Vampire Penguin offers the same flavors (strawberry, mango, chocolate) as other bingsu and kakigori places. But it stands out in my book because it also offers localized flavors like the halo-halo and the mango-ong shaved ice.

My friend and I shared a halo-halo shaved ice. It's shaved ube ice with ube halaya, saba, beans, nata de coco topped with leche flan. Really good and flavorful! 127847

Kind of pricey though because if you think about it, you can already get 2 orders of real halo halo for what you paid for. But I think it is still worth a try!

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Elmer R.
4.0 Stars

Cool off this summer I did with this strawberry chizcake shaved ice treat. Comes in large serving only but you will be happy for this, bitin pag regular size ang sarap kasi.

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Dennis O.
5.0 Stars
3

Was in Ayala Malls The 30th yesterday and was excited to finally try Vampire Penguin128039. I'm a big fan of shaved ice dessert like bingsu and kakigori. Now to try another kid of shaved ice. Vampire Penguin is a california original and this one is the first international branch outside California. Surprised to learn that they were a California franchise since in their menu was the halo halo and mango bagoong variant. Thats when I learn from ate that the owner used to stay here in the Philippines. Wow maybe our halo halo and hot hot summer is part of their influence in the creation of this dessert.

So we tried out two of their special creation:
127827Strawberry Cheesecake - shaved snow with crushed graham and strawberries as its topping. Drizzle with white chocolate, strawberry sauce and condensed milk. The shaved ice was so good. I love how it felt like ice cream with a nice texture. The toppings were well balance.

127851Tuxedo - this one got a chocolatey shaved snow with mallows, almonds , strawberries and drizzel with chocolate syrup. Tasted like hershey chocolate syrup which I really like. The combination of its topping tasted like black forest cake with strawberries instead of cherries. Love it!

Overall this cute vampire has just arrived perfectly just in time for summer. A perfect treat for the upcoming hot summer. Next time I'll be more adventurous with that mango bagoong flavor haha.

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Ac C.
5.0 Stars
3

Sampled a few flavors last night and they did not disappoint. I loved their Tropical sampler, Halo halo and Smoreos the most! They have a really fine texture on their shaved ice and you can taste the flavors that they wanna convey, well at least for me 9786

If you don't want their Specials, you can build your own snow. Their crew will help you decide on which goes well with which 128077

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Ruth D.
4.0 Stars
2

Vampire Penguin, as mentioned in previews reviews, is from California but is actually owned by the San Luis brothers who were originally from the Philippines. It's an interesting story how they got into the "Shaved Snow" business but I'm just glad that their first international branch is here in the Metro.

From articles I've read, the logo, according to the San Luis brothers, is a symbol of opposites coming together. Their shaved snow may look crunchy but they're actually soft, smooth, and fluffy.

Vampire Penguin has a nice variety of flavors and you'll see that they are influenced by both Western and Eastern cultures.

We ordered one of the Specials, Strawberry Cheesecake and the not-so-secret flavor, Mango-ong.

128039 Strawberry Cheesecake. All items are available in Regular and Large sizes except this one which is only available in Large. This strawberry & vanilla flavored snow comes with crushed graham, berries, chocolate sauce, and condensed milk. It was good.

128039 Mango-ong. This is off-menu and the staff won't really tell you about it when you order or ask about the flavors they have. But since I've already read some reviews, I went ahead and asked for the Mango-ong. I must say, I was preparing to be weirded out but instead, I was pleasantly surprised. It's probably one of those love-it-or-hate-it kind of thing but yeah, I liked it.

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Michelle Ann Y.
4.0 Stars
5

Vampire Penguin was established in California (2013) and this is their first ever branch in Manila located at the 3/F of Ayala Malls the 30th.

This Halo-Halo shaved snow just stole my heart! 128156 On the plate: Taro Snow | Munggo Beans | White Beans | Taro Paste | Jackfruit | Topped with Leche Flan and Drizzled with Condensed Milk 127847

We also tried the Mango-ong shaved snow which is my next favorite! Perfect combination! 128076🏻 Interesting right? Go try it!

You can also have it customized. Ask them how :)

They also offer French Macarons, Milktea, Fruitea, and Baked Goods.

By the way, they'll be having a buy 1 take 1 promo for their Grand Opening this coming March 5, 2017 (Sunday).

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Mae A.
5.0 Stars
10

And I must admit, I really was bitten by the Vampire Penguin. Such a peculiar but cute name for a dessert place. Hailing all the way from California, they decided to open their doors to bite…errr…share their delicious offers. 128521

Back in the US, Strawberry Cheesecake is their bestseller which consisted of strawberry shaved snow, crushed graham crackers, strawberries, cheesecake bits, white chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce and condensed milk. I bet that this is one of their picturesque desserts. Just look at it! Isn’t it lovely? Though the taste was a little sweet for me, I did enjoy the strawberry shaved ice with the other components. It really is heavy on the syrup which added that sweetness to the dessert.

I seriously loved their VP (Green Tea Shaved Snow). I guess this appealed to me being that I like green tea. But this could please non-green tea lovers. It had this mild and smooth green tea latte taste that went well with the topped strawberries, almonds, red beans and condensed milk. I highly recommend this for anyone dropping by here. 128539

Yes, that’s shaved mango snow with bagoong or shrimp paste which they lovingly labeled "Mango-ong". It’s their take on the classic Pinoy snack of green mangoes with shrimp paste. It may not be for everyone but I liked this one very much. I was a bit torn between choosing this or the VP. Maybe the factor is with me actually liking that classic snack. It may be a little weird at first but you’ll soon be comforted after. Offered only here in the Philippines, they’ll be coming up with more Pinoy based varieties soon. 128521

Aside from those delicious shaved snow, they have other offers too such as their milk tea, fruit tea, Penguin Puffs (version of their eggette or egg waffle) and macaroons. We got to try their milk tea and Penguin Puffs which were also good. I had their Thai Milk Tea which was very smooth and rightly sweet. As for their Penguin Puffs, I preferred their red velvet (which was recommended by their founder). It may look oh-so-sinful with that chocolate drizzle but it surprisingly was very light in terms of sweetness. The plain one was good too. In terms of its consistency, it had the right air which would fill one up if paired with their shaved snow.

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Reich T.
5.0 Stars
4

Vampire Penguin Manila is one of the joints in Ayala the 30th. When I first saw the post in Instagram, I thought it is a clothing line, but when I scrolled down I saw tables and chairs and I had inkling that what they sell is not related to clothing, penguins or the undead. Lo and behold, they sell shaved snow desserts!

Vampire Penguin hails from the land of milk and honey, a California native to be exact. So we now know where they came from…why the name though? The guy manning the counter mentioned that the name originated from a penguin that got bitten by a vampire bat. I didn’t get the gist of the story so I will formulate my own theory. I’d stick with my inner nerd and say that Vampire Penguin is a form symbolism. It’s a symbol of opposites coming together. It’s a cute penguin that transforms into a vampire by dawn. How does this relate to the product they are selling? Simple, the vampire represents the premise that you are dealing with a hard and crunchy dessert, the penguin is the realization that the dessert is soft and fluffy. Get it?

Too much digression, my bad.

VP. Green tea shaved snow, red bean, strawberries, sliced almonds and condensed milk. Notice anything odd? What sets VP apart from the others is that the ice they used is infused with flavor hence the green hue of the shaved ice. And the texture of the ice is consistent; there are no stray blocks of ice. I liked the fact that they added some strawberries on the side to break the monotony. The red beans is divine as expected (biased opinion – I love red bean).

The owner was kind enough to let us try one of the offbeat flavors they have. Mangooong – an homage to the classic Filipino Snack: Mangga at Bagoong. The shaved ice is infused with mango flavor; some sliced Indian Mangoes on the side then topped with bagoong. Remove that cringe off your face as the flavor combination works. The bagoong they used is not reeking of salt, it is leaning towards the semi-sweet side and it creates and excellent flavor contrast with the shaved ice.

My visit at Vampire Penguin is another case of Love at First Bite. I am coming back for the Halo-Halo Variant.

P.S.
Customers has the option to create their own shaved snow. Pick the base and the topping depending on your preference.

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