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Monday, June 08, 2015

Experience 9 course yin and yang meal in The Tea House at Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay City

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

If you thought that you know everything about Tagaytay, then you might be missing this new establishment called Qiwellness Living. It’s a bath house, massage, and tea house establishment where you can feel and experience the old Chinese era in modern times and then enjoy the perfect view of Taal volcano while drinking a hot tea or cocktails and try their modern fusion Asian meal while relaxing in a private place that Qiwellness Living can offer.

I’ve been to this place before but I stayed infront of the door only, I took a peek by the glass window and see what’s inside. I think I went there on a day that they are closed because there’s no one inside. It was an accidental discovery when me and my wife walked in the streets of Nasugbu-Tagaytay road looking for a new resto to try. According to their neighbor restaurant, the Qiwellness Living offers spa, bathhouse and there’s a tea house inside.

My picture of tea house is very different, my mind Googled some images on its own and it flashed some scenes from a kung fu movie where they do the action always inside a tea house. But then my picture was a bit obsolete and forgot that the modern concept of tea house is a much better specs compare from the old days. Qiwellness Living and its own Tea House, it’s a small restaurant that serves ala carte meals and also the 9 course Yin Yang meal.

Check out my online walkthrough and also food post of Tea House

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

The red door of Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay City


Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

Take note that this is a tea house and also a bathhouse.
Don’t worry, you wont see people in towels, the 1st level is the Tea house and at the bottom level is the bathhouse and massage rooms

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

That’s the metallic door knock.


Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

Inside Qiwellness Living.
When enter Qiwellness Living, expect a sound of a chau gong nearby, it’s a signal that there’s a new arrival of guest

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

The dining table of Tea House
If you noticed that they chairs’ back rest is tall. Back in the old Chinese era, they usually use that chair’s back rest as a hanger for their large clothes or winter clothes.

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

Below the Tea House is the al fresco dining area and bar area.

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

Qiwellness Living got the perfect view of the Taal volcano.


Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

and also a perfect view of Taal lake


Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

At the bottom level, are the bath house, There are two pools called yin and yang bathpool. There’s a sauna bath area and also shower area.

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

At the other side of the bathhouse is the opium room.
This is a perfect venue for special events, group relaxaton and massages

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

Couple rooms at the opium room


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Awesome view here in Qiwellness Living, the best time to visit this place is around before sunset.
See the entire place glows red during sunsets.

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

The bar area of Tea House.


Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

My view during our visit. The floor and tables were dripping wet because of flash rain in Cavite.

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

Cloudy and foggy view. But its great to see the Taal volcano in a different view perspective. I think it’s a perfect view ever.

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

At the bathhouse area, they have a mini lagoon populated by large koi fishes.

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

Reclined seats fronting the view of Taal volcano.

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

The toilet area

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

The shower and sauna room

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

Time to try their special cocktails


Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

The best thing about their cocktails is that they are all tea based drinks. Popular cocktail drinks are the Mahjong, The Silk, Road, the Concubine, Jasmine, Mojito tea and Sze Chuan

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

That’s my Mojito

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

My favorite drink ever is the Concubine.

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

I got tipsy after downing some cocktails haahha
I did some recover mode 30 minutes before the 9 course yin and yang meal. I think the mojito did all the magic. But its okay, my body was so relax and I feel awesome.

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

Time to try the 9 course yin and yang meal here at the Tea House

The meal is priced at PHP 2,880+ 10% service charge per person. Price is inclusive of VAT.
Customers are required to do a 48 hours advance booking. So that the Tea House can reserve a table for you and the kitchen can prepare all the food needed for the 9 course.


Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

Some appetizers needed to kick start your appetite

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

My plate and table view


Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

eel + apple + turnip + banana heart

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

Also you can order a bottle of wine if you want to pair it with your food.
The wines are not included in the PHP 2,880

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

miso + onion + mushroom + truffle oil

Its my first time to try this kind of flavor combination. The taste of miso and truffle battles in this soup. I tasted the truffle after my 2nd sip. Also bite those tomato berries and you’ll get an energized feeling after it pops inside your mouth.

For me, this soup is the best!

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

salmon gravlax + squid ink + orange + citrus pearls + cream cheese


Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

fermented tofu souffle’ + spring salad + hoisin vignaigrette


Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

soba + sea urchin cream + 63 degree Celsius yolk + crab

My ever fave taste combo. The creamy yolk becomes the sauce for your soba noodles, and after some bite, you’ll get the after taste flavor of that sea urchin.

The flavor plays with you and this will make you get more curious and never let you go until you are satisfied with the taste.

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

flank steak + sweet potatoes + french beans + mushrooms

At first, I thought that this 9 course meal will not satisfy me, but after my 6th meal, I felt that my tummy is already full. hahaha.. that is so weird.


Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay
duck leg confit a la peking + pancakes + plug sauce

That’s the whole leg part of the peking duck. A Tea House staff will help you cut it and prepare the confit a la peking
Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay


This preparation is very popular in some luxury hotels, You can also get a chance to try it here at the Tea House of Qiwellness Living.

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

lamb belly + carrots + pumpkin + peas + corn

My tummy is already full, but my taste buds is roaring for some more. The lamb belly is a new kind of lamb meat offering, its my first time to try it and the taste is heavenly. Medyo bitin, but I’m very satisfied with the taste and the veggie combination.

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

guava + mango + lemon + edible flowers + herbs + soil (not a real soil, its like a choco crumbs)


Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

The kitchen, you can view it from your dining seats
Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

Bravo to the kitchen team of Tea House at Qiwellness Living.
Every food preparation for the 9 course yin and yang meal is a masterpiece.


Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay

The Tea House at Qiwellness Living is a good addition to the restaurant belt of Tagaytay City. Its new but the concept is very different from the other establishments. The bath house is a great product and service offered by Qiwellness, thanks to the Taal volcano view and the cold weather. The view is the best selling point here, but the service is great and the food tastes more better and they can expand the taste if you want to.

It’s a great venue for couples who want to have a very private date or dinner.



Qiwellness LivingAddress: Aguinaldo Highway, Brgy. Maharlika East, Tagaytay City, Philippines ( near Lake Hotel and almost front of Petron gas station near Mahogany St)
Tel Nos.: 0917 522 6969
Website: http://qiwellnessliving.ph/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Qiwellness-Living/306850776152706?fref=ts

The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.


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