RWM Newport Mall's Matcha Festival: A Green Tea Lovers' Haven

If there's anything that can rival my love for chocolate, it would definitely be matcha or green tea.

I prefer it over other tea types because it has the right amount of theine to give me a midday boost or calm me down. If not as a drink, whether pure tea or latte, I love green tea as soft serve ice cream or in chocolate form.

While some of my friends have yet to appreciate matcha, it actually has a growing fan base locally. It is sought-after for its detoxifying health benefits and complex flavors. This led to the conceptualization of the country's first matcha-themed food festival which features twenty-six (26) matcha-infused dishes from sixteen (16) participating establishments in Newport Mall and Resorts World Manila.

Yours truly was present during the campaign premiere of the Matcha Festival hosted last September 1. We did a restaurant hop and got the first taste on the limited edition dishes plus met with head chefs of the partner restaurants. Let me share with you my personal recommendations for your matcha fix (in no particular order):
with Ms. Joy of Gastronomy by Joy :)
Savor the earthy flavors of green tea gelato, matcha cannele, koignette with matcha and red bean macarons with Impressions' Matcha Overload (P580).

Sweet and no-frills Deep Fried Matcha Ice Cream (P180), topped with candy sprinkles, is Ginzadon's offering for the food festival.

Are you an oreo, matcha and cheesecake lover? Head over to Mr. Kurosawa for their no-bake Oreo Crusted Kyoto Cheesecake (P228), topped with fresh strawberry.

Enjoy the Perfect Matcha (P290 / set) - a fluffy green tea croissant (P120 per piece), filled with dark chocolate and almond flakes, paired with a cup of hot green tea latte (P240 / order) at Cafe Maxims.

Craving for milkshake? Try Swamp Shake (P285) by Cafe Creole! This matcha vanilla milkshake has almond essence and dark chocolate and topped with marshmallow smores, green tea cookie, Japanese wafer sticks and matcha dust. Mix it all up before you sip :)

Franks' Matchadog (P195) is an Asian twist on their Inasal Sausage, topped with matcha dressing, nori and more.

I never had chicken paired with waffle before but Kettle's Nori Fried Chicken with Match Waffle (P399) made me a fan! They seasoned the chicken with Cajun and nori while the waffle comes in green tea flavor with miso butter on the side.

To complete the list, here are more dishes from your favorite food establishments to be served during the Matcha Festival:
  • Matcha Pangtoa Ice Cream from Bulgogi Brothers

  • Wild Strawberry and Peaches and Cream crepes from Crepes and Cream

  • Matcha Green Tea Latte Ice Blended and Matcha Green Tea Latte from CBTL

  • Matcha Soft Serve from Ichiba Japanese Market

  • Guaca Matcha Sansrival from Johnny Kahuku

  • Uji Pyramid Slush, Hazelnut Matcha Slush, and Matcha Latte from Serenitea

  • Seared Matcha Salmon, Matcha Nara and the famous Matcha Macaron from TWG Tea

  • Green Tea Sansrival, Green Tea Mousse Cheesecake, Japanese Green Tea Brick Toast, Matcha Parfait, and Hokkaido Green Tea Milkshake from UCC Cafe
Want to recreate your new favorite matcha dish? On your way between restaurants, don't forget to drop by the Matcha Art Exhibit (ground floor, Newport Mall) for a visual treat!

Take home special green tea merchandise from around the world at the Matcha Market, located on the 2nd floor, The Plaza, Newport Mall.
The Matcha Festival will run until the end of September only. For inquiries and reservations, contact Tourist/Visitor hotline at (02) 908-8833 or visit for more details. You may also get in touch with Megaworld Lifestyle Malls concierge at (02) 709-9888 / 709-0888 or visit

Impressions, 3rd Floor, Maxims Hotel

Cafe Maxims, Ground Floor, Maxims Hotel

Franks, Ground Floor, Gaming Area

Ginzadon, 2nd Floor, Maxims Hotel

Prosperity Court, 2nd Floor, Gaming Area

Bulgogi Brothers, 2nd Floor, Newport Mall

Cafe Creole, 2nd Floor, Newport Mall

CBTL, 3rd Floor, Newport Mall

Crepes and Creme, 3rd Floor, Newport Mall

Ichiba Japanese Market, 2nd Floor, Newport Mall

Johnny Kahuku, 2nd Floor, Newport Mall

Kettle, 4th Floor, Newport Mall

Mr. Kurosawa, 3rd Floor, Newport Mall

Serenitea, 4th Floor, Newport Mall

TWG Tea, Ground Floor, Newport Mall

UCC Cafe, 2nd Floor, Newport Mall

Don't forget to use the hashtags #RWMMatchaFestival #NewportMatchaFestival when posting about the Matcha Festival on your social media accounts. Tag @GeekyKitch on Instagram and we might just feature you!

Thank you Megaworld Lifestyle Malls and Resorts World Manila marketing teams for the invite :)

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