We were in Richmond today, and having made the drive down, we thought to explore the scene a little. And with a speedy search on Instagram we found just the place, for a quick drink and some fun photos.
This is “Money Tea”, the aptly named tea bar located in the Continental Shopping Centre (not to be confused the the money loan centres). With its name and lucky cat motif it was themed in good fortune. The exterior inviting with happy cat banners and a collection of happy cat statues on display. Each, waving you in, from their spot on the yellow shelves. Each round and plump, with squinted eyes, paw up, and surrounded in opulence.
Inside, the theme explodes with more smiling cats splashed across table cloths, multiple of them painted on wall murals, and as cartoons papered on the wall. You saw the collection of lucky cats dressed as samurais, a fisherman with a big catch, a geisha; and different breeds of cat including black, calico, and Siamese.
But the wall that caught my attention was the one covered in lucky red pockets. And to be honest, I was more excited by this and the scenes above, than the drinks we would order at the bar.
Their drink offering includes coffee based drinks, tea steeped with fruit, flavoured green tea with a milk foam, flavoured teas, milk based beverages, fizzy fruit water, milk tea, layered juices, and yogurt based drinks. It is hard to choose just reading off the written menu, so our group found ourselves ordering from off of the photos posted by the bar/counter.
The “Yangleduo series” is one of their most popular drinks for its presentation. It utilizes the famous fermented probiotic milk beverage as a base; flavouring it with either lemon, passion fruit, grapefruit, or peach. The finished blended product is served up the in large plastic bottles, shaped like the classic Yakult container. It serves as a fun takeout bottle, and keep sake. We had the passion fruit flavour and it included the fruit’s black seeds bobbing at the top. It was a mild flavour with the tang of yogurt.
I also ordered the “blue velvet coconut milk with peach plum” for its aesthetics. The sky blue hue in contrast to the opaque white milk was appealing. From the counter we watched the “gum” get poured into the tall plastic cup, then the milk; before a blue power gets diluted in water, then sifted over the drink. The blue bleeds in, colouring it, but not actually flavouring it. As a whole, it tasted like a diluted coconut milk, with the gum offering a nice jelly-like chew. Not my favourite for taste.
I much preferred the “peach gum brown sugar milk”. It had the sweetness I wanted in such a drink, with the classic flavour of milk tea and the texture of the chewy peach gum to round it out.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – Yes.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – Yes.
A fun spot for a quick drink. The drinks aren’t much different from other like cafes, but the cute theme definitely makes it worth stopping by. Don’t deny your cravings.
3779 Sexsmith Rd #1116, Richmond, BC V6X 1J8