Review: Cold Layers, the newest Taiwanese dessert import

Well I’m not sure if it’s the newest but I’m willing to bet the concept is new here. My friend and I decided were looking for desserts after having dinner at B & T. We were driving along Connecticut St. in Greenhills when we saw a nice new building. We were about to enter White Hat but noticed that there were more shops on the 2nd floor so we decided to explore. We were enticed by the bright and colorful interior so we decided to try Cold



We thought it was another milk tea place but we were wrong. Cold Layers serve sandwiches, wraps, pastas, kinds of drinks, and their specialty, flavored shaved ice. I decided to buy Sweet Surrender (P240) which wasn’t in their menu but was in one of their signage. Sweet Surrender is made of shaved ice with graham, tapioca balls, chocolate syrup and Horlicks (the reason I chose this particular dessert).

Horlicks! YUM!
Sweet Surrender

I didn’t expect these shaved ice desserts can be so filling. Their made of ice for crying out loud. So I was very surprised when I felt like I was going to explode after finishing my Sweet Surrender. I’m pretty sure it’s because of the tapioca but it’s still a bit amusing if I say that the ice made me feel full. This dessert is very milky so it’s a no-no for the lactose intolerant. It has a very smooth texture and the chewy tapioca compensates for the mushiness. The Horlicks flavor gets lost in the graham and I would have preferred the dessert be sweeter. Overall, it’s an okay dessert for a hot day.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Cold Layers gives off a very vibrant and youthful vibe. It’s spacious for a dessert place and, in my estimation, can accommodate 5 groups of barkadas. They offer free WiFi to the customers but I didn’t notice any sockets where people can plug their laptops. There was a group of teens talking among themselves but their voices were amplified somehow. I think it’s because of all the glass and the shape of the walls. I suggest that the management does something to muffle sound. The flat screen TV flashing family pictures during the opening, or so I think, was very distracting too.

Rating: ★★★½☆

I honestly don’t know if I’ll come back here for dessert. Maybe if Cold Layers finally start serving milk tea I will. Especially if they will carry Horlicks milk tea.


Cold Layers
2nd Floor Northeast Square Building,
Connecticut St. Greenhills, San Juan


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