History and background:
Drinks courtesy of Biju Bubble Tea.
For those who know me, you would remember when I would fanatically queue up for Chatime weekly due to consistent cravings for some Milk tea… those days were long gone once I found out how unhealthy those drinks really were.
By word of mouth however, friends mentioned of a new bubble tea place in town and before you know it, I was hooked on Roasted Ooolong Milk Tea!
Opened by Nick Phan late 2014, he introduced a new, healthier bubble tea concept to Soho with organic products and freshly brewed as soon as you order.
Many people misinterpret what bubble tea is, which they deem as a drink with bubbles in it (with the bubbles referring to the tapioca pearls).
Bubble tea neatly explained by justopenedlondon are actually:
the practice of blending natural flavours, colours and ingredients into one of many types of tea, shaken and not stirred
So the tapioca pearls are an add-on!
The cosy and uniquely decorated bubble tea room houses up to 30, where you’ll be greeted by friendly and enthusiastic staff upon your arrival.
The following drinks have been customised by Biju, with toppings and flavours they recommend which would complement each other. A description of these drinks are very well explained by them here.
The pricing for your typical bubble tea:
- Regular (includes 1 topping of your choice) £3.45
- Large £3.95
- Toppings 50p
- Hot teas 50p extra
- Coconut water 50p extra
Intense flavours are brought out by the fresh brew with specially imported tea leaves, alongside the use of ‘nectars’ instead of white sugar and organic milk, Biju creates a whole new level of high quality, aromatic bubble tea.
Toppings are made in-house too, from your expected tapioca pearls to the popping fruits in mango pineapple, guava, Asian lime and other flavours.
Mousse teas are astonishingly dense and flavourful but at the same time, surprisingly light. One of eatwithsteph’s recommended!
The Hong Kong Milk Tea below is truly reminiscent of the teas people from Hong Kong brew, another favourite of mine – and a heavily recommended one.
I avoid matcha drinks in London as I feel they can be so terribly misrepresented, but no thick wallop of sugar is added here, you can really taste the matcha in your drink to its bitter extent.
If you want something very light after your meal, the wintermelon with herbal grass jelly is a good option, its light – but sweet.
Of course we had some hot drinks too, and I really can’t pinpoint a favourite here, the Hong Kong Milk tea, Gemaicha Milk and Matcha Milk tea were so aromatic I almost finished the drinks by myself…
Something that I would get even now despite the summer!
Bits and bobs:
- There’s wifi, ask for the password if you need
- You can always customise your bubble tea at non-peak times
- All sugar levels above were at normal levels – these too can be customised
- Quiqup, Jinn and Deliveroo deliver bubble teas to your doorstep
- Say hi to Norbert when you’re in, he’s the friendly supervisor there!