I’ve always been a huge Chatime fan, ever since its appearance on Malaysian shores several years ago. If I absolutely had to choose a favourite bubble tea brand, this would be it – with South Island’s Teasme following a close second. So, you can imagine my excitement when I saw their first outlet being set up on Queen Street, a few months back. Back then, I think the projected opening date on their Facebook page was “soon after Christmas”. So I waited. And waited. And waited.
But, it’s finally here! :) It took about 20 minutes to get my order – but damn, it was worth every minute of the wait. My roasted milk tea with pearls ($5.50) was amazing, transporting me way back to the first time I fell in love with Chatime all those years ago. It has a subtle but distinct ‘roasted’ taste, akin to the ‘charcoal roasted tea’ of Teasme. I ordered mine with 80% sugar, and less ice. They aren’t excessively sweet in general though (unlike a few other bubble tea places in the city that shall go unnamed) so you can go normal sugar if you have a sweet tooth.
Their menu is full of other flavours, but I’ve never been able to go past the roasted milk tea, so I can’t comment on them. Some of my friends are crazy about their passionfruit QQ, strawberry au lait, and matcha red bean milk tea, though. Definitely get the pearls as an additional topping – they make the perfect pearls, chewy and springy but with a sufficiently soft centre. Their regular sizes are cheaper than Hulucat’s, but smaller, which was perfect for me as I can’t finish the giant sizes anyway. If you like, you can have a large for $1 extra.
Probably the only downside in my opinion is that the Queen Street branch is takeaway only, so there’s nowhere for you to sit down and sip your drinks (I took mine home, which is why you can see a study lamp in the background of my drink :P). There’s another outlet opening soon in St Lukes apparently, though I’m not sure if that one has seating either.
|Cost:||$4 – $6 pp|
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