Summer's out and the dreaded rains are already in town. But before I packed up my shorts and colorful tanks, I got to try a Hawaiian icy treat which cooled me off from the unbearable scorching heat. If you frequent SM Mall of Asia, Glorietta 4 or Robinsons Galleria, then you've probably seen Masatami Shave Ice, a new yummy cooler to hit the Metro.
Earlier this week, the date and I braved the non-air-conditioned south arcade of SM Mall of Asia for a leisurely stroll cum restaurant sightseeing. It was already past sunset, but it was still very humid. Fortunately, we chanced upon Masatami Shave Ice -- a refreshing green kiosk with a tropical Hawaiian theme boasting of icy desserts to give tired mall-goers their needed lift.
Masatami Shave Ice has just recently opened to cater to the cold desserts-adoring public. And being a desserts person, how can I simply ignore their promise of providing quality refreshing icy treats? With a wide variety of coolers, I must admit that I had quite a hard time deciding what to order for the beau and for myself.
In the end, I went for their best-selling item in the line of Hawaiian Shave Ice -- a large Rainbow Shave Ice (P55) with Snow Cap (P10) and Vanilla Ice Cream (P20). Although I find the total price for my order a little expensive for a shave ice dessert, I got overwhelmed at how humongous the icy cup was! Sitting under the pretty yellow cup was a scoop of vanilla ice cream which is then filled with finely-shaved ice, drenched with strawberry, banana and bubble gum syrup, and topped with a dollop of condensed milk.
Served with a plastic spoon and a drinking straw, I loved how fine and snow-like the shave ice was. Eating it was a really nice experience as the flavored icy treat melts smoothly in the mouth. The condensed milk snow cap added more creaminess and sweetness to the dessert which made it even more enjoyable. The vanilla ice cream was quite unnecessary though.
For the beau, I ordered a small Banana Shave Ice (P35) since he's not really into icy desserts. While he enjoyed the fine and smooth consistency of the shave ice, he found the banana syrup too sweet for his liking. Actually, even for someone with a sweet tooth like me, the banana syrup was just too concentrated. Maybe we'll just order a different flavor next time.
Although I love desserts, I haven't got to appreciate shave ice treats as much as I do with ice cream and gelatos. But after the experience at Masatami, maybe I should really get shave ice desserts more often. With a beautifully and finely-shaved ice, the only thing left to do is to choose the perfect flavors and add-ons!
Service - 4/5
Price - 4/5
Overall Value - 4/5
Masatami Shave Ice Branches:
SM Mall of Asia G/F South Arcade
Glorietta 4 Lvl.4 (Cinema Lobby)
Robinsons Galleria G/F (in front of the supermarket)