Bubble Tea Without The Bubbles Is A Crime
Living in the West End I've noticed there's been quite a lot of bubble tea shops popping up. When I first came to live in Soho about 4 years ago there was Bubbleology and few in China Town but recently it seems that there's one popping up on every corner and it makes you wonder how they can survive its like putting a Tesco next door to Sainsburys twice on the same street. Last summer I got very excited to see one opening up across the road from my apartment named Biju and I couldn't wait to try it but I was left disappointed when they were offering bubble tea without the bubbles? Isn't that the whole point of bubble tea? Bubble tea is not bubble tea without the bubbles and if that wasn't bad enough they filled it with coconut water rather than use green tea. Personally I think "Bubble Tea" is sweet enough with the sugar syrup and the tapioca without having to add more sugar to it. Plus I have an allergy towards coconut so for me this one a big NO and I'm not sure how this fits with other bubble tea drinkers. You may have read my review on Nam vietnamese cafe on Dean street 3 years ago and since then I've seen it disappear just over 18 months ago which I was really sad about. There's not many places you can eat a Pho soup for £4.95 freshly made in front of you within 5 minutes. I'm still trying to get over it, but when Chew took its place it kind of eased the blow a bit because Chew was again a bubble tea shop and probably my favourite to this day. Maybe if I reviewed it would still be here ( if only). Chew's bubble tea was made with less sugar and would cost you £3.75 a little less than Bubbleology at £4.25. Unfortunately Chew was also cursed and recently closed down to be replaced with a new Lobster cafe ( they still have the shop fitters in as I type). So on Saturday instead of going right from my apartment I took a left and guess what I found another bubble tea shop called Moo Boo so I thought I'd try. Moo Boo seems to have a more concept feel to it maybe its because it is. However they do have a big and easy menu and does a lot more than bubble tea. It presents itself as the Starbucks of bubble tea shops and it would be interesting to know who is behind it just because I'm nosey. Moo Boo not only offers fruit and milk bubble tea they also offer smoothies and have a lot of of tea rooms popping up in big cities. When I was there it was really busy and the smoothies seemed to go down well. I've yet to see how they're other stores are working but this one was certainly busy to the point I walked away because of the queue. As fast I walked away I stumbled across another one across the street in Covent Garden called Cuppacha. They had little tasters outside which were delicious so they managed to pull us in and we ordered two large bubble teas which came to £10 ( my mum was mortified ) but when it came to pay the card machine wasn't working and because we had no cash we decided to leave it. My mum was quite relieved because its probably the most expensive one out of all of them. We were disappointed that we still hadn't got our bubble tea but we had a walk around the West End and a couple of hours later managed to pop back in to Moo Boo. I had apple and my mum had passion fruit with mango bubbles and tapioca and yes it was a thumbs up from us.
Bubbleology - Rupert Street Soho W1D / Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge SW1X
Moo Boo - 13 Moor Street Soho 58 Queensway W2