Zaan Japanese Tea House

G/F Norifil Foundation Bldg., 16 Mother Ignacia Ave. cor. Don A. Roces Ave., Quezon City, Metro Manila

Zaan Japanese Tea House
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Category:
Japanese
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:00a - 6:00p
Phone
+6324128465

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 6:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 6:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 6:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 6:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 6:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 6:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 6:00p

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Raisa E.
5.0 Stars

Back in |ooloo because this place deserves a 5-star review! 9786️ No pictures because we're all engaged in our conversations. Hahahaha!

This place is legit! From appetizers to desserts, down to their drinks.

Iced Matcha drink that comes in a pitcher
Salmon Chazuke
Onigiri and the rice sandwiches! 9786️ We tried the sukiyaki rice sandwich
Tofu Ice Cream

They have a few items on their menu so you won't really miss the food I mentioned above. Few items but made to perfection. Fambam's been to Zaan a few times and they've always loved what they had!

Staff is very courteous so you can always ask them to explain things if you come across unfamiliar dishes. A good place to catch up while enjoying a nice meal.

You'll discover a different side of Japanese cuisine!

Tip: look for the Hidden Menu that's not really hidden 128514 Just turn a few blank pages and you'll get there.

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Jayson J.
5.0 Stars

Tea ceremony? Non Iwamoto described the word unfitting for the vast meaning of this ritual. So yeah, it's more than just drinking a matcha tea.

I got lucky to have a discount on the tea ceremony, Iwamoto san also gave me a tutorial as to how the ritual is done. One on one. Before we go deep on that, let me just tell you what i got for lunch. 128513

128204 veggie appetizer
Not in the menu but it was offered to me by Rose, the server. She said it was a complementary. It was a few sticks of carrots, cucumber and jicama (...that's singkamas!). It goes with a peanut-sesame paste to taste.
128204128525cold soba
The soba was infused with tea. I could tell the the leaf taste. The green onions, ginger and wasabi were equal in quantity just enough to flavor the dip.
128204Matcha surprise
This one is inflooenced by Jialing H good thing i read about this prior to going. It's basically an icecream freezed in a cup. Then it goes with a warm concentrated matcha.. You know... Japanese affogatto style and i really love it.

After that was a session with the host of the ritual. Iwamoto san told me that this ritual originated from the Buddhism. This ceremony is suppose to set apart yourself from the whole world and just think of nothing. So it is expected during a tea ceremony, bawal ang maingay 128586 (like... Yay! 128588)
She mentioned, that to your right, most important person should sit. Bawal ang mayabang din kasi this ritual also encompasses respect for others and humility.

The table will be taken away during the ceremony, and you will have to sit the japanese style.

1. The sweets will be offered to you. You need to bow down to the host after the host bows to you. (yes there is a correct posture for that)

2. Then if you have companions, you need to ask permission first before getting yours (this is done again by bowing to each other).

3. Then in just three steps, use the common chopsticks to get your sweets and place it on paper provided to you. (It's actually an envelop with clean paper and a wooden pick inside for the sweets)

4. After that, in three steps again, place your chopsticks back then pass to your left. (make sure you give it presentable and kust enough to respect your companion's personal space)

5. Enjoy your sweets while the host is prepping your tea.

6. Once your bowl of tea arrives (yes, bowl! But there are only a few ounces of tea inside) you need to bow to each other again.

7. In three steps, you draw the bowl near to you. Rotate it using your right hand such a way that you will be drinking from the side of the bowl (yes!! They respect even bowls not to drink from front or back of it!)

8. Finish your tea cleanly. Make loud slurps. 3 huge slurpings will do 128519

9. Return the bowl in three steps. Then bow.

The host shall do this one by one to all its visitors. And only advisable for a group of 4. (just in case you are more than 4, everyone else will have to sit back and watch the ceremony.

The ambiance is no doubt very japanese! Music too is really authentic japanese. Chef is japanese. What else? It's japan in philippines! Check IG account for some pics.

Iwamoto san also sells (makes) pili nuts covered chocolates cause it's a good gift for japanese (since pili nuts cannot be found in japan)

It's an experience you should try if you want to try tea ceremony. Iwamoto sa told me that she only taught me the basics. (wow) food is great here but tge experience is unforgettable.
Parking has at least 5 slots in that area, Gwen I they're open until 8pm, but they can extend if you have reservations (they have the facebook to do that). Credit cards check as well!

You will never be dissapointed if you visit.

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Will C.
5.0 Stars

Just finished my lunch/snacks here. Recommended are the ice cream matcha, matcha hot tea and udon with meat. 128522128522128522

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Betty U.
5.0 Stars

It's very homey and warm and they serve good comfort food:)

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Prixie C.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Meldy F.
5.0 Stars

Very affordable authentic japanese food and drinks

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Meldy F.
5.0 Stars

Authentic Japanese food at very affordable prices. Love the chazuki salmon and matcha ice cream. Yummmmy!!!!

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Elyse Janina P.
5.0 Stars

Authentic dishes and desserts cooked up by an interesting Japanese chef! Try the Salmon Chazuke and Frozen Matcha Surprise.

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Gary C.
5.0 Stars

The tea ceremony is something to look forward to. And the food is very nice too! :)

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Jialing H.
5.0 Stars

Super love this place! You'll feel like you're in Japan. They don't serve dishes like sashimi sushi or tonkatsu, but some dish like onigiri and udon. In the photo was the Matcha Surprise, their own vanilla ice cream with Matcha sauce. This was the BEST MATCHA ICE CREAM for me. 128523

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