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“Best halo halo”

Robinson's Magnolia House
Ranked #35 of 49 Dessert in Quezon City
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Reviewed August 1, 2014

I have ordered halo halo in every restaurant that has it that we've visited.

And nothing comes close to Magnolia. I do miss when Magnolia was a huge place and had more selections. But just glad it still exist and as good as I remember.

Definitely something to come back to :-)

The kids enjoyed the normal vanilla and chocolate flavors.

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1  Thank pmmom
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Reviewed June 19, 2014

Your ice cream favorites. Peach melba, banana split etc. and new concoctions of Magnolia ice cream mix. Still the same ice cream but much more expensive of course. haha

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1  Thank Luciouslu
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

Magnolia Ice Cream House was THE ice cream parlor in the 70s. Today, it is but a shadow of its old self. On my first visit, I was excited by the exterior's subtle references to an ice cream cone. But was disappointed that the ice cream flavours are fewer than the old Magnolia, and its concoctions are quite few and uninspired.

Serves meals, pizza, sandwiches as well.

OK for after dinner ice cream with the family. Lots of room to innovate with the menu. Wake up, Magnolia !!

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1  Thank Marino-7
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

We were excited to learn that the Magnolia ice-cream parlour was going to rise phoenix-like from the the ashes of the old factory and parlour site. My wife spoke affectionately of her time as a girl when a trip to Magnolia to sample their menu of sundaes and dishes such as 'Rocky Road' and 'Bert and Ernie' would fill her with excitement. Of course, time has gone by and now the parlour is part of a large Robinsons Mall and Condo site.

The new parlour is stylish, equal part retro-design and modern, clean and funky seating and images. The menu is a mix of salads, sandwiches, snacks and main meals and on the flip-side is the selection of ice-cream based dishes. Right from the start we and our waiter agreed that this new Magnolia wasn't like the old one, gone are 'rocky road' and the other classics, peach-melba and banana split are still there.

Our choice was a mango surprise with mango/vanilla/ube ice cream. The mango wasn't sweet but sour and the mango ice-cream tasted of nothing! The ube ice cream was better. All-in-all it was just OK. We sloe ordered a chocolate sundae, which is a single scoop with cream and a cherry on top! Again the ice-cream was just OK.

The menus are very basic, a picture and a name per dish, if the waiter/tress doesn't explain the options then you're left to decide on your own. A better design with more information would make choosing much easier and waste less time.

On further investigation we learned that the new parlour is a franchise.

Such as shame they have lost some of the great things that made the Magnolia parlour such an iconic Manila destination, the changes and modernizations haven't worked. They could have ensured there were more memories brought back when visiting this new version.

It was busy, lots of customers, however we wondered if any of them felt as we did - overall we left feeling disappointed. Will we be back - to the Robinson's Mall - yes, to Magnolia ice cream parlour - no.

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1  Thank Mark H
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Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

We ordered the Banana Split and Butternut. Thirty minutes later, our orders left unserved. I followed up only to be told -- SARCASTICALLY -- by the waiter/manager that they FORGOT to relay our orders to the counter. They didn't even give us water to pass the time. Their service totally sucks. It's a shame because Magnolia was my childhood ice cream of choice.

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