I visited Firebird Cafe in Richmond as part of a tasting with Chinese Bites. This Hong Kong style cafe offers the typical menu items like Western Style dishes (such as spaghetti or baked rice dishes) as well as Taiwanese appetizers, bubble tea, thick toast, customizable soup + noodle bowls and sizzling plates.
Overall food rating: 6.5/10
Service: 8/10 (as this was complimentary dinner, this may not reflect true service)
Would I return? Yes
I found Firebird Cafe to be a fairly typical Hong Kong style cafe, except that they offer more menu items than most. I liked being able to order Taiwanese appetizers (seaweed not pictured) and the customizable sizzle plates and soup bowls. The food is good, but not amazing- which is what I would say about many Hong Kong style cafes.
Thank you Firebird Cafe and Ray Chow (Chinese Bites) for having me!
Locations: 1274 Robson Street, Downtown, Vancouver, BC
1545 W. Broadway, Vancouver, BC
450-9100 Blundell Road, Richmond, BC
BitesOfVancouver disclaimer: I was invited to try Chatime’s Robson Location by ChineseBites.com. The service may not represent their usual service as Chatime was aware of the invitation.
With over 1200 locations worldwide, this Taiwan-founded bubble tea company brews their tea leaves in-store. Chatime’s bubble tea is made with precise timing, temperature and proportions. Their drinks are fully customizable, allowing you to choose your tea, toppings, sugar levels and ice levels.
The Top 10 Drinks:
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
Red Bean Pearl Milk Tea
Matcha Tea Latte
Customize your drinks:
o 8 toppings available: pearls, grass jelly, coconut jelly, red bean, coffee jelly, aloe vera, rainbow jelly, pudding.
o Ice level: regular, less, no ice
o Sugar level: extra, regular, less, half, slight, no sugar
Thank you to Raymond of ChineseBites (chinesebites.com) for inviting me to celebrate and enjoy the opening of Chatime!
I tried the Taiwan Mango QQ and the Jasmine Green Tea Mousse.
Even at 50% sugar, I still found the Taiwan Mango too sweet for my liking (although I usually drink my tea and coffee with no sugar). I think I would like it if I had ordered it with “slight” sugar, or perhaps if there was no coconut jelly. It had good mango flavour so I would recommend it to all those mango lovers out there!
I preferred the Jasmine Green Tea Mousse over the Taiwan Mango. I was curious to see what the mousse texture would be like. I think the best way to describe it is when you get regular milky bubble tea and the top is foamy/frothy. More of the Jasmine Green Tea Mousse was foam/froth although it seemed to be more blended and liquid-y at the bottom. 50% sugar level was perfect for me, but I would assume most people would like it with a higher sugar level.
Overall, the bubble tea was good, but I didn’t find it extraordinary. Although they do offer some things I haven’t seen elsewhere (the “mousse” and the ice and sugar levels), I think that their bubble tea is pretty comparable to other popular bubble tea restaurants. I would return, but I wouldn’t make the trip downtown (30-40 minutes for me) for a drink.
I had the day off today, and decided to go to dim sum! I don’t go very often although it’s one of my favourite meals to eat…I see it as the Chinese equivalent to “brunch” and who doesn’t like brunch? My must-orders are always Shiu Mai, Pan Fried Eggplant with Shrimp Paste, and Steamd Rice Rolls with Prawns, although I honestly don’t think there’s a single item on a dim sum menu that I don’t like. Portion-wise, all of the dumplings are much bigger than at most dim sum places, and I thought the prices were very decent. It got pretty busy with people waiting outside around 11am, so I’m glad I went early at 10am. My favourite thing turned out to be the sticky rice (no surprise, I love rice!). I’ve had dinner here before as well, and enjoyed the food.