Chatime is a bubble tea café that originated from Taiwan, and now a global franchise in 26 countries with over 1,000 stores. They’ve opened up 6 locations in Metro Vancouver, including one on Robson that I had the chance to visit on Sunday. I had previously tried their location at Aberdeen Centre in Richmond, inside the Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle House, so I was more than excited to check out this location.
This location was very busy, especially since it was a sunny Sunday afternoon in Vancouver. The menu was quite extensive with milk teas, fruit teas, juices, smoothies, mousses, coffees and other drinks available, with the price range floating around $4-5.
Their top 10 drinks feature a variety of popular Asian flavours, like green tea, taro, and mango.
- Pearl Milk Tea
- Grass Jelly Roasted Milk Tea
- Taro Pudding Milk Tea
- Brown Rice Green Milk Tea
- Taiwan Mango QQ
- Matcha Red Bean Milk Tea
- Mango Smoothie
- Red Bean Pearl Milk Tea
- Matcha Tea Latte
- Chocolate Mousse
My favourites from the 10 popular drinks were Taiwan Mango QQ, Matcha Red Bean Milk Tea, and surprisingly, the Brown Rice Green Milk Tea. These drinks may be a bit too sweet for some, so I recommend ordering them half-sweet.
I love how the Taiwan Mango QQ tasted wonderfully of mango goodness. And boy, Chatime knows how to make their pearls – perfectly soft and chewy, just the way they should be. They probably have the best pearls in Metro Vancouver, and it reminded of the bubble tea stands I used to frequent in Taiwan.
If you ask my friends, they will know that I love anything with matcha and red bean. With this bubble tea, the Matcha Red Bean Milk Tea gives a good punch of matcha in the first sip of the milk tea you taste. The bottom has a layer of red bean that I thoroughly enjoyed. My only wish is that there were more!
Finally, the Brown Rice Green Milk Tea had a distinct roasted flavor that I quite enjoyed! It had a whole, aromatic taste that I don’t think I’ve tasted anywhere else in Vancouver. I will definitely be back for this.
There’s a little sign posted by the counter that says “Every cup of tea is freshly brew[ed], the wait is worth it J”, and I could not agree more. The wait is worth it for a bubble tea from Chatime, especially for a Brown Rice Green Milk Tea! Good time, good tea indeed.