I was near Garden City with a friend when it was lunch time. As per his suggestion, we went to this restaurant. When I asked for more details, he just smirked. I found out why when we arrived... (See comments regarding ambiances in the end).
We were seated and given the menus relatively fast. As for the menu itself, I have to admit I haven't visited that many bubble tea places but, since this place is supposed to be a "cafe", I would have expected a menu similar to a HK cafe. Wrong. More than half of the menu is nothing but drinks and snacks. Finally, when I got to the actual food, it didn't look too enticing. The specials of the day weren't that different but, at least, you are given a drink and soup for the same price. In the end, my friend and I ordered the sizzling chicken hotplate and some ice water. Now, when I ask for water, I would expect at least an 8 ounce glass. Not here: it was a 6 ounce glass (if not smaller) filled halfway.
The food took 15+ minutes to arrive and I must say I wasn't really happy with it. Since I was hungry, I chose not to complain. The plate wasn't sizzling, the corn soup barely warm and the chicken on the plate look like food you could get at the mall. Now, I won't bash them too hard, after all, it was just $8.00.
As for the service, the waitresses performed the basic, that is, take the order, deliver the food, pickup the dishes and the bill. Most of the time, I won’t have minded, but it felt as if they were doing us a favour. And, then again, the water. If the idea is to replace it with the drinks, at least tell us so!
The place looks modern and the seats were comfortable. What sort of raised my eyebrows were the waitresses: they are dressed as maids. I am sure some people will go there just for that reason. Not my case, though. I am there for the food and I won't take that as a replacement. And, if we factor that out, what remains, is just so-so food and not-so-good service. Won't be going back.