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Kozui Revisited: Healthy Lunch and Holiday Color

Kozui, Anthony So’s really fascinating teashop along Tomas Morato, is one of those places I keep coming back to because the drinks are just plain amazing and the food is nothing to sneeze at because it’s all good and freshly prepared. If you’re a major green tea junkie like yours truly, this is definitely the place for you.

I recently headed over to the shop to get a bag of matcha for a new biscotti flavor I’m currently developing. (Yes, it’s going to be a matcha to kurogoma [green tea and black sesame] cookie with a hint of almond.) Since it was lunch time, I decided to stay in and grab an iced roasted green tea latte with a touch of caramel syrup as shown at the top of this post, a plate of the shop’s really good takoyaki (they still don’t skimp on the octopus and the katsuoboshi – always a good thing for me), and this magnificent veggie-filled roll above.

This is Kozui’s roasted pumpkin wrap; quite a filling thing for both vegetarians and omnivores alike. Sweet roasted pumpkin is diced and mixed with an appealing blend of cumin and fresh basil to add a somewhat Mediterranean twist. Lettuce, creamy cubes of marinated feta cheese, and a generous sprinkling of walnuts finish this off. While this particular wrap is virtuously light, it’s also quite satisfying without making you feel sleepy or stuffed; perfect for a weekday lunch!

Oh, and may I add that Kozui is also one of the cutest restaurants in the Quezon City area and, like everyone else, they’ve decorated for the Holidays. Get a load of their matcha-colored Christmas tree ~ totemo kawaii! 🙂


Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

4 thoughts on “Kozui Revisited: Healthy Lunch and Holiday Color

  1. That green Christmas tree looks wonderful!

    Tomas Morato is quite far from my place but I’d like to try this restaurant one of these days. That iced green tea latte looks and sounds delish. 🙂

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