One of my favorite places in the Fort is da.u.de (pronounced da you deh). The place is quiet, has lots of natural light, great music, and most importantly - it's all about tea! I don't know of any other restos that are truly tea-centric. And I'm not talking about milk tea ha. I'm talking about real tea brewed fresh from leaves.
da.u.de has all sorts of tea flavors that the CEO, Renee Sebastian, concocts herself. She is a tea connoiseur, and is in fact a Certified Tea Master. It's kind of cool that there's a real tea designer in our midst! You can grab fresh iced (or hot) tea from da.u.de, but you should try the tea-infused food as well. My favorite is the Roast Pork Pho (P350), a delicious noodle soup with crunchy roasted pork bits. It also has condiments on the side so you can tweak the flavor to your liking.
My favorite tea is the Skala Tea which (if I remember correctly) is also their best seller. I always have it iced with syrup on the side.
Of course, I just had to buy one of the pre-packed loose tea leaves that were on display! I chose the Pistacia (P420) because the white tea, strawberry, safflower, calendula combination sounded intriguing. To be honest it smells and tastes a little like medicine, but I love it. :P It really wakes me up in the morning and is a nice break from the supermarket tea I drink most days.
It's been a while since my last visit but next time, I want to have proper high tea with a friend or two! :)
Visit da.u.de at 4th Ave and 26th St G/F Net Lima Building, The Fort Taguig. You can also call them at (02) 854 4187 to reserve as the small dining area can get packed during meal hours.