there are two boba/bubble milk tea joints opened up in boston chinatown recently.
ive been to each one a few times now and here are my 2 cents.
- spacious. it’s more like a cafe/tea house. you can actually hang out there. they have board games and cards for you to play.
- milk tea drinks taste like they are made with real tea instead of powder.
- takes level up (i forget my wallet all the time but never my phone) and credit cards
- also sells food such as takoyaki, onigiri (although i havent tried)
- limited selection of drinks
- the milk teas didnt taste as rich
- a large selection of drinks
- you can customize your drink (ice/sugar level or different toppings)
- takes credit cards
- drinks are made from powder instead of real tea therefore taste very artificial.
- overly sweet. i always get 30% sugar which tastes like full sugar. ive never tried their full sugar; i cant imagine how sweet that would be
- limited seating, more like a take out joint
- can be a long wait. they are slow although they have 10 ppl working in the back.
in conclusion, both new boba joints are underwhelm in terms of drinks. although kung fu is easily better than both of tea do and chatime, tea do can be a nice hang out spot.
8 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
b/t Beach St & Kneeland St in Chinatown
Phone number (617) 988-8002
31 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111
b/t Oxford Pl & Beach St in Chinatown
Phone number (617) 982-6928
it was our 4th anniversary a few weeks ago, we celebrated at bergamot in somerville. this time we opted for the 7 course chef’s tasting menu.
food was well executed, but the 7 course tasting menu was more like a sampler of their regular menu. i was anticipating something more adventurous/different for the chef’s tasting menu. if i knew, i would’ve just ordered a variety of dishes off the regular menu and shared with pork belly. that being said, i dont think the tasting menu was worth it at all.
118 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
Phone number (617) 576-7700
man i love tacos and sadly taco places in boston are jus really underwhelming (although there is one exception), so whenever im in cali, i def go ham on the tacos. i talked about my new fave taco joint in a previous post; el chato is another taco truck we visited.
everyone was full since we came from dinner. i had to have some, so i got some to go.
probably the best dollar you could spend.
5300 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Phone number (323) 947-3651
but it turned out to be… not so inventive. we opted the five course tasting, which turned out to be… four course.
pork three ways – i loved this dish and the crispy pork skin and the melt in your mouth tenderness blew my mind; however, the pork belly didnt come with crispy skin this time. very very disappointed.
although these dishes are craigie’s signature dishes, i was expecting a more inventive and spontaneous or even adventurous meal as described for the chef’s whim tasting menu. the 5-course meal was indeed a 4 course meal. (unless they are counting the palate cleanser as one course now. they used to be complimentary with the 3 course meal.) i was also disappointed by the pork 3 ways which i used to worship. although the food was still delicious for the most part, i dont recommend the chef’s whim tasting menu.
Craigie On Main
853 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone number (617) 497-5511
this was my 2nd time here. i thought the food was decent last time so i wanted to come here again, but food was rather disappointing this time.
Open-face ravioli, scallops & shrimp, zucchini segments, lobster mascarpone reduction.
Gnocchi con Agnello
House made potato dumplings, lamb roast tomato & pepper ragù, aromatic vegetables and herbs.
not sure what happened, food was pretty disappointing. i dont think i’d be back again.
98 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
Phone number (617) 523-3112
went to check out manna house in arlington last weekend.
9 Medford St
Arlington, MA 02476
Phone number (781) 648-8878