Chatime (with ChineseBites)

www.chatimeca.com

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:

    1. Pearl Milk Tea
    2. Grass Jelly Roasted Milk Tea
    3. Taro Pudding Milk Tea
    4. Brown Rice Green Milk Tea
    5. Taiwan Mango QQ
    6. Matcha Red Bean Milk Tea
    7. Mango Smoothie
    8. Red Bean Pearl Milk Tea
    9. Matcha Tea Latte
    10. Chocolate Mousse

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!

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The menu
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Vancouver, my centre of the world!
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Taiwan Mango QQ (QQ=pearls+coconut jelly) and Jasmine Green Tea Mousse
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Taiwan Mango QQ

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.

 

 
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