Chatime! It’s the first I’ve ever heard of this bubble tea restaurant, but apparently it’s all the rage in the states! As on their website, they advertise freshly brewed tea infused with natural flavours. In that description I don’t think it’s much different from other bubble tea places in Vancouver. They pride themselves on having precise quality, timing and temperature to ensure a perfectly made, great quality tea. This global brand produces their variations of bubble tea all around the globe throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
The store was really nice, pretty modern and clean cut! The service was extremely friendly and the staff explained how their drinks worked really easily. You first choose your drink, they have a ton of variations like the “Mousse Series” and the “Coffee Series”! If I lived close to this Robson location, I would come back and try the different twists they have on regular bubble tea. You then choose the percentage of sweetness and how much ice you prefer in the drink. This is good if you are quite particular with your bubble tea, but personally I don’t think it’s necessary. I chose one from what they are known for which is the Roasted Milk Tea with Grass Jelly. At first I was a little skeptical, roasted milk? How do you even roast milk?
Nonetheless, I gave it a try, with regular sweetness and regular ice. It was interesting. It was exactly as advertised… Roasted milk tea… You could taste the roasted flavour as well as the milky richness. I would not say it was bad at all, just a little strange! It was pretty good, but nothing to go out of my way to get.
Overall, I would rate Chatime 6.5/10. I would come back if it were convenient, but wouldn’t go out of my way to get. I will be trying some of their special offerings the next time I pass by though, seeing how they have now three locations in the Lower Mainland (Richmond, West End and South Granville!), hopefully I’ll have something more memorable.