Seeing as I live in Burnaby, I don’t often get out to Richmond, and especially not just for bubble tea; given all the offerings around the lower mainland that are comparable. But today I was on a mission, as one of the judges of the Vancouver Foodster’s Ice tea challenge this year, it was my duty to travel and try the offerings from each competitor and submit my findings to be judged on taste, originality, and presentation. This duty brought me to “T-Go” in Richmond, where they are the only bubble tea shop serving this newer developed area on Alexandra Road.
Their narrow shop includes a chalkboard the length of their counter listing each and every one of their mixed and blended drinks in English and Chinese, but without any descriptions underneath, you may need to consult with the clerks behind the counter. This is especially if you are trying to figure out what a “sea salt milk cap” or “teapresso icy diamond” is. Or if you are newer to bubble tea and unfamiliar with many of the floral tea flavours or tea blend names like golden buckwheat tea, purple rice, or osmanthus.
“T-Go” prides themselves on using all natural ingredients, no artificial powders or syrups to mix with their full tea selection, all imported from Taiwan. They consider the family friendly neighbourhood offering fruit blended slushes with no caffeine. And they also cater to those in search of a more healthier lifestyle with kale and other fruit and vegetables smoothies. And for those adventurous types like myself, they have specials featured by season with limited availability like the sweet peaches, avocado, and oreo cookie smoothies this month.
Their ice tea challenge contribution was one of their most popular bubble teas, and the owner’s favourite. The “Matcha Smoothie” used all natural matcha powder sourced for the highest concentration for flavour and antioxidants. The fact that they scooped the pearls into the cup last, best showcased how thick their blended drink was. I won’t be going more into how the drink tastes here, as the competition is still running. Instead, I will invite you to visit my blog after August 5th to see my candid thoughts on each drink and how I scored them.
During this visit, we also tried one of their “Roasted milk tea” customizing it by asking for 30% less sweetness.
And enjoyed it with one of their eggy bubble waffles. These are best eaten warm so it is still crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. I just wish they came in other flavours, or maybe with the ability of having it topped to your dessert desires.
They have a cute seating area in the very back, a boxed in space that is decorated with paintings and drawings done by three different artists, all for purchase with collections rotating regularly.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – No.
Currently this is their only location, but they are planning to open more. Not necessarily a destination, but a great shoppe serving their community, and a great stop when you are in the neighbourhood shopping and are looking for a refreshing beverage in between. Don’t deny your cravings.