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Quick, give me a place where you can chit chat with your friends while drinking some good quality hot chocolate?

Seattle’s Best?
Gloria Jeans?
Bo’s Coffee?

Well, let me suggest you try Tsoko.Nut Batirol.

Tsoko.Nut Batirol

I know, the name of the place is trying a bit too hard but do give it a chance. I heard about the place on television three to four years ago. I lost interest about the place (and eventually, forgot about it) because of the name and I only remembered it when a co-worker of mine told me that they have really good hot chocolate. I was browsing MunchPunch when I discovered that there’s a branch in Eastwood Excelsior so I told myself that I had to try it out.

After our training a while ago, I decided to try Tsoko.Nut Batirol. I walked all the way from IBM Plaza to Excelsior just to reach the place. Anyway, I was expecting a Starbucks-ish atmosphere and well, the place had a Starbucks feel to it. It’s a lot smaller than I expected though, the place was crowded even if there were less than 15 people inside.

Choosing what to order in a restaurant/cafe is really difficult. I spent around ten minutes looking at their menu and another five deciding which to order. I ended up asking the cashier which drink is their best seller. She suggested I try their Tsokolate Loco so I went with that. I checked out their display and added a Leche Flan Cake to my order.

Leche Flan Cake and Tsokolate Loco

First up, their Leche Flan Cake. I would just like to say that this is super sugar high on a plate. Imagine: butter cake with leche flan, drizzled with caramel syrup. The leche flan is creamy and the cake is quite moist. I just find it a bit too sweet. For P60, it’s okay.

After a few  bites of the Leche Flan cake, I took a sip of my Tsokolate Loco. For the benefit of everyone who doesn’t know, Tsokolate Loco is the cold version of their best seller, Tsokolate Aah Batirol, which is basically hot chocolate prepared the traditional Filipino way. Anyway, all I can say is, wow. As in when I sipped the drink, it seems as if time stopped for a moment. I had to sip again just to make sure that I wasn’t dreaming and it was real that the drink tasted so heavenly. Okay, I’m exaggerating a bit but really, it tastes really good. The consistency of the drink is perfect and the sweetness is spot on. The best thing about it is that it only costs P92, nice!

A minor niggle though is that they don’t have the usual set of Coffee Shop music.

So if ever you’re craving for some good hot (or cold) chocolate drink, head to Tsoko.Nut Batirol, you won’t be disappointed.

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