Friends in Eastwood, you’re in luck! At the end of a hectic work week (or day), you have a new chill spot where you can wind down, relax and enjoy healthy dessert options just nearby. This spotย I’m talking about is a premium organic dessert cafe called Milk Cow located at the ground floor of Eastwood Mall in Libis, Quezon City.

Milk Cow serves organic soft ice cream, coffee, macarons and other sweet treats. What’s so interesting about it? You may ask. Well, there’s a lot of cafes and restaurants popping up in all corners of the city serving ice cream, but you will be fascinated to try Milk Cow’s version as it’s made from organic cow’s milk. Hence the name, Milk Cow! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Milk Cow is originally from South Korea and has branches in Japan, Malaysia and now the Philippines. It opened its first store in the country last Saturday, December 20, 2014. As a treat for its grand opening, Milk Cow Philippines offered one free ice cream for the first 200 customers to line up starting at 2PMโ€”right after the ribbon-cutting. I was pleased and honored to be one of the chosen bloggers invited to cover the event. ๐Ÿ™‚

President of Milk Cow Philippines Seann Tan

Review of Milk Cow Philippines (Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City)

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With a relatively small interior fit for no more than four tables, you can be assured privacy with quiet ambiance. It’s spacious enough to go around without bumping other customers. Color theme is cheerful and pleasant to the eyes.

There were no displayed frills on walls, but one thing that rendered me to slow down and take a second look was the playing Milk Cow ad at the cashier.ย Lee Jong Suk and Go Joon Hee looked so cute! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Service was immaculate. You can expect utmost attentiveness to your needs from the friendly staff behind the counter. The team is knowledgeable and is fast to serve orders. Other than that, I see that everything else is self-service.

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Milk Cow has taken South Korea by storm since 2013, and I’m quite positive that it will do the same here in the Philippines. The menu looked so concise and neat, starring organic soft ice cream and an assortment of toppings.

Going by the staff’s recommendation, I got the best-selling variant: Milky Cube “M3” (PhP 170) which is ice cream in cup paired with the natural honeycomb.

I love the taste and fragrance of cow’s milk, so I instantly fell in love with this one, too. Smooth and creamy, Milk Cow’s ice cream was well-balanced in its sweetness and had fresh dairy flavor, unlike ordinary ice cream that’s made from heavy whipping cream.

Moreover, what’s amazing was that the honey in the honeycomb was naturally sweetโ€”sugar-free and preservative-free. Since I could not “chop” the honeycomb to smaller, bite-size pieces using the plastic spoon provided, I just chewed the entire cube to drain the honey in my mouth. It felt like eating honey straight from the hive. The Milky Cube was a clear winner and I almost couldn’t get enough of it! ๐Ÿ˜›

The sheer indulgence was followed by another great tasting experience. I tried two flavors of Milk Cow’s macarons, namely the Baileys (PhP 60) and the Salted Caramel (PhP 60).

Packed in individual plastic pouches, both macarons were flawless and were not overly crumbly or messy. The shells were consistent top and bottom.

With thick creamy layers, the macarons were rich, equally chewy, and sweet without being overpowering. Each tasted distinctly and true to flavor. I liked the Salted Caramel more as it had the perfect balance of caramel and a hint of salt that I craved. โ™ฅ

Update (Posted on January 19, 2015):

Yesterday, I returned to Milk Cow this time with my family as anticipated. ๐Ÿ™‚ Among the 12 varieties, the three that appealed most to my dad and sister’s liking were the Milky Cube (M3), Green Light (M6), and Mangoย Tree (M9). Green Light was made with mint syrup and almondย crumble. After finishing one spoonful, I knew and declared that this addictive flavor is my new favorite. On the other hand, the Mango Tree didn’t taste bad either. Topped with cotton candy, the soft ice cream’s dominating taste was that of apple syrup and tangy/sweet mango slices.

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The idea of soft ice cream and honey together is something new in my book. I will definitely return for a second round. The Milky Honey “M2” (PhP 150) also looked interesting. It’s complemented with natural liquid honey, which is 100% natural honey from honey farms in Tasmania and Sydney. Wow!

I personally think that prices of items here are quite reasonable since Milk Cow uses organic and quality ingredients. Also, when compared to other ice cream parlors and cafes or stalls selling ice cream, prices are at par.

Ground Floor, Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City (across California Pizza Kitchen and Mr. Kurosawa)
Date Published: 12/23/2014
19 / 20 stars

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68 Responses

  1. stacy | crumpylicious.com

    Their macarons are expensive for a little piece so it must be special. Hay haven’t tried Rita’s pa nga kasi laging mahaba pila! Baka ganun rin toh =/ Hope it will open more branches soon para makatry naman. The family is not patient with lines e. =(

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      They’re about the same price as TWG Tea’s and the taste and quality, I must say, are comparable. Both are rich and not skimping on the ingredients. I also haven’t tried Rita’s (where is that? haha). I’m not so patient with lines din but when I can burn a lot of time and I know it’s going to be worth the wait, okay na. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Jamie McG

    Oh wow everything looks so delicious! Organic ice cream and honey is something I’ve never tried, but it sounds good. I don’t actually like the smell of milk (or drinking it), but I do love ice cream. I also really like the style of the shop!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      My mom also does not like milk so I’m wondering if this one will end up as a triumph for her. We’ll find out soon enough. ๐Ÿ˜› The style of the shop is very playful and welcoming.

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  3. Stacie

    What a really neat experience to be at the ribbon cutting for your blog. Organic ice cream sounds like it would be amazing. I have never had ice cream with honey before but the way you describe it sounds very good. I watched the ad and the two people in it looked like they were having fun with the different poses. You have some really neat places in the Philippines and I really enjoy reading them.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks, Stacie. It was also my first time to taste ice cream with honeycomb and I liked it very much. It’s a combination that surprisingly worked! At first brush, the smallish portion in one cup like that may seem pricey, but take the first bite and see how Milk Cow’s ice cream is clearly not made with substandard ingredients. So good! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Natalie

    What a fun experience! I bet it was a blast going to the opening and being one of the first people to try the new goods! The store is absolutely adorable, and I love ice cream. I love that they’ve got a new twist on it by using organic milk. I wish I lived closer–I’d definitely try it out!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Oh I bet you will really love their ice cream as it is all about deliciously smooth, decadently dense but delicately mild-tasting, well-constructed with organic milk and wisely crowned with various toppings. ๐Ÿ˜›

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  5. lauriel

    Yuuum, Milk Cow sounds delicious! I’ve heard of it before, and briefly saw it when I was visiting Hong Kong a month ago (I live in the US), but unfortunately didn’t get a chance to try it. It sounds like I’ll have to check out the honey ice cream next time I come across it!

    Both the macarons and the ice cream sound super-appealing, so I’m sure they’ll do well. Here’s to hoping it might come my way eventually…! :9

    xo,
    lauriel

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yay! Milk Cow is very popular in Korea as people are obsessed with desserts and coffee. Organic ice cream with honey is becoming a trend that spans globally. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. mr_jeng

    MACAROOOOONS!! Those look good… dang!!! I am so happy that it is pretty near my place whew!~! I love ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ and I saw you mentioned sugar free.. hmmmmmmmmmm tempting tempting ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Merry Christmas Roch ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha Merry Christmas and advanced Happy ldNew Year, Jeng! You should absolutely try this out. Get the M3, M5 or whatever that will tickle your fancy. The descriptions and pictures on their menu would be succinct to decide which ice cream flavor to get. Try the drinks and pastries as well. I’m sure you’ll love all of them! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Local Adventurer

    that’s so cool that you got to cover the opening of milkcow. i had actually never heard of it. i don’t think i’ve had a proper visit to korea since 2002. i’ll definitely have to check it out if i’m in korea this next year.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah this was one of the few encounters when I’m invited to cover the opening of a restaurant including the blessing and ribbon-cutting. You can visit its branches in Korea and other Asian countries but why not stop by the one in QC first? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope they open in SM malls near me.

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  8. Melissa Williams

    Yes! Milk Cow is one of my favorite ice cream parlours in Korea ^^ It’s still pretty popular here but I think some people got turned off by the honey combs after some people reportedly found dead bees in their honeycombs. There is a sign right next to the counter with a warning but I guess it must be freaky. Their organic honey latte is my absolute favorite menu item! I wonder if its less expensive there than it is here.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Whoa seeing bees in honeyhomb is just a dead giveaway that the honeycombs are so natural and fresh but of course the bees are scary as they might sting you. Gosh! There’s no sign on their door in the Eastwall Mall branch. It’s good to be safe. Thanks for sharing some info. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Aisha Kristine Chong

    I guess it really has been such a long, long while since I last went to libis that I can’t even remember if there was a place like that.. or maybe I just never give notice of it. I will definitely have to check them out once I go there soon. – hopefully.

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  10. Krystal

    I don’t think Milkcow is in the United States, but soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt (froyo) stands are very popular here. The macarons are SO cute and look like a fun tasty treat. I like to order frozen yogurt and put fun toppings on it like candy, gummy bears, and sprinkles!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      It’s still not yet in the US but time might come when it spreads outside of Asia. ๐Ÿ™‚ The macarons are really delicious with different layers of goodness!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      The ice cream tastes a bit different from the usual one you buy from supermarkets or other ice cream stores but it does melt fast so you must eat it right away. ๐Ÿ˜›

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  11. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    I know a lot of people are into organic foods these days, so that was probably a smart business move to create this business.

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  12. Fi Nรญ Neachtรกin

    Rochkirstin you get to eat in the best looking places! I love the look of those macaroons, so delicious!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hehe yeah I just got lucky to have been invited here. Milk Cow’s M3 was love at first bite for me. Overall, this ice cream place is a nice addition to Eastwood Mall. I would definitely consider this place a must try!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I’d like to try their coffee, too. I can’t handle too many sweets in one sitting and when I’m all by myself. Next time I have to bring with me more friends to share the treats with.

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  13. Erica Bodker

    I do not live there or anywhere close but this does sound like an amazing place. I will have to keep my eyes out for a Milk Cow I really want to try it.

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  14. Courtney

    Omg an organic ice cream place!!! This sounds amazing!!! They need one where I live!!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      It’s my first taste of organic ice cream and I knew I’d come back for more. ๐Ÿ™‚ Some might think that paying more than a hundred pesos for a cup of ice cream with toppings is robbery, but Milk Cow’s offerings are something you might not find elsewhere. It will be worth the money.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      You’re welcome. I thought it’s good to pair macarons with ice cream. The combination of tastes may be too sweet so be prepared with a glass of water.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, this place is impressive. One bite and you would swoon over the flavor of cow’s milk and honey together playing perfectly on your taste buds. ๐Ÿ˜›

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  15. Myrabev

    I have never tried honeycomb with ice cream before but should do soon. I love ice cream of all sorts especially vanilla its my hercules weakness. I have never heard of this store before but since planning on visiting south korea next year will definitely check it out.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Seating is rather limited and this place does get pretty crowded in the evenings, so be sure to take a look at their menu online before approaching the counter.

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  16. Carly

    That soft serve ice cream looks AMAZING! This totally reminds me I need to find a soft serve place near us…..

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      The ice cream shop itself is cute and trendy and has a good selection of ice cream at a reasonable price. If you have time, drop by and try the best-sellers. Refreshing cold goodness! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Check them out soon and get your ice cream fix satisfied. I really hope this place survives. The area it’s in is pretty well-trafficked during the day with all the hustle and bustle of corporate employees during office hours.

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  17. Ann BAcciaglia

    I love the name of the business! I also like the decor and the branding. It looks like a fun place to go to for excellent and delicious ice cream. Those macarons look pretty scrumptous as well.

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  18. Josi

    Yum! I wish we had a MilkCow – here where we live it’s all mostly italian gelato places with tourist prices.

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  19. Alysia from My Domestic Dish

    Oh yum! This looks so fantastic! The addition of the fresh honeycomb is such a great, simple way to complete something and it looks incredibly tempting. I hadn’t thought of honey and soft serve either but, now that I’ve seen your review, I want to try it! I love that their prices are on par with area competitors, even though they’re using better ingredients.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, Milk Cow surpassed my expectations and was surprisingly more trendy and cute than a regular ice cream shop would seem. Their ice cream is definitely a dessert you have to eat immediately on the spot.

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  20. Chrysa

    What an amazing dessert spot at Eastwood Mall! lol It is so far that I don’t see myself getting there but I’m totally drooling on the ice cream. I love the last photo with the honey comb. I would get that in mine!

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  21. Natalie

    Now I am hungry for ice cream and don’t have any.. the one with honey stuck in it, looks amazing. What a cute little video, I was jamming out for that. I wish we had something like this near here on the east coast. The macarons look good too, I haven’t ever had one of those yet, but see them everywhere.

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  22. mindy

    Oh no, the ice cream looks sooooo delicious, i want it NOW! LOL. HUGE fan of honey, reading your description about chewing the cube makes me drool uncontrollably! I hope they’d come to Indonesia soon (since loads of Korean snacks/fast food franchises have invaded Indonesia like Kkul Ddak and Bon Chon, i think Milk Cow might come soon too!) coz i really really want to try them out!

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  23. Ly

    Do Milk Cow accept credit cards/debit cards for payment?? Please provide feedback. Ty

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  24. Jo

    Why use other countryโ€™s honey? We have the best local honey there and at the same time we can support our community. How can we be sure if thats an organic honey ? Tell the owners to buy local honey from countryside.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos-Sioco

      That’s a good point. Supporting local farms and our own products is better for sustainability. However, it’s a franchise so I think they’re sourcing ingredients from the same supplier to make branding and their message consistent.

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