Tea of the day (earl grey), mango smoothie
As a Vancouver native, I’m used to having a bubble tea joint on every other block. As a matter of fact, there are 5 places I can grab a bubble tea that are within a 5 minute walking distance from my Vancouver home. Now being a newcomer in Toronto, I’ve definitely experienced a heavy bubble tea withdrawal. Most seemingly-decent cafes are sparse and out of the way from where I live and go to school. There are several restaurants in Chinatown that serve bubble tea, but since their main focus is not bubble tea, all that I have tried so far have not been very great.
Upon finding Bubbletease I was very excited as this was the first bubble tea cafe I’ve been to in Toronto that resembles the cafes in Vancouver. What makes Bubbletease even better than a lot of cafes in Vancouver is that there are several options for your tea base and toppings. Most cafes usually only offer black or green tea as a base, but Bubbletease offers assam, earl grey, jasmine, pu erh, roasted rice, high mountain, and matcha. Where Vancouver cafes usually offer either tapioca pearls or coconut jelly, Bubbletease has a greater selection (I can’t remember all of them, but the fact that they offer popping pearls really stood out to me). The unflavored tea drinks are also quite inexpensive compared to the Vancouver equivalent, which hovers around the $5 range.
I come here several times a week to have their tea of the day, where the casual size (medium) drinks are $1.50. The milk teas are always made with the right proportions (I am very picky about this), and the pearls are fresh and have the perfect soft/chewy texture. They also have some snack items on the menu, but I have yet to try them.
If you are in downtown Toronto and you’re looking for a really good cup of bubble tea, I highly recommend going to Bubbletease.