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Gogo Tea Cafe

8788 McKim Way, #270
Richmond, BC V6X4E2
Tel: (604) 244-7336
Neighbourhood: Golden Village

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another bbt place in richmond
By adidaf of Richmond (64 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 7:09pm [Dine in]

Food: my friends seemed to enjoy their hot pot and shaved iced dessert. my hot grass jelly was good too.

Service: food and drinks came quickly. finished items were cleared promptly. no complaints.

Value: comparable to other places offering this type of food, although the portion of toppings that came with my hot grass jelly were very tiny in my opinion (just a few cubes of taro and 1 tablespoon of mung beans)

Ambiance: being above street level with giant windows gives a cool view. tables are set far apart from each other so you actually don't have to listen to nearby tables' conversations.

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weird
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were out with friends for a little BBT action and we had heard good things about this place. In we went ready for adventure. The interior was kind of like what people in the 1970's thought the future would look like, and it was kitschy if a little over the top. I thought the future would be a little cleaner, especially the w/c.

I was not aware of the cosplay angle, and to be honest I felt sorry for the servers who were being cruelly exploited. This particular night it was French maid outfits with boots. The servers seemed a little embarrassed, and we experienced the awkwardness noted by the previous reviewer.

This place had a decent section of food and bevvys, and we ordered accordingly. I had a pineapple and coconut frappé, another in our group had a cookies and cappuccino frappé, others had hot almond milk tea with jelly and coconut taro milk tea. Mrs. C had a red bean and tofu dessert. All were great, but I felt terrible about the degradations suffered by the staff.

As for value it was not cheap, but I guess the costumes and decor, not to mention the rent, are expensive.

Despite the decent food and drink I won't be back. It was just too offensive.

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Maybe my expectations were too high?
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 9:53pm [Dine in]

My bf was excited about this place so I went along to humor him. It's a fairly nice room with big booths and a nice fish tank. The "maid" concept was good but I think poorly executed, but more about that later.

Food was okay. Nothing spectacular but definitely edible. We ordered the chili beef hotpot, pork chop / egg and tomato on rice with longan/ginger hot tea and a blended avocado smoothie with pearls. The tea was way too sweet but the avocado was possibly the best I've had in BC and only rivaled by the avocado smoothie I had in Texas.

My biggest disappointment was service. While the girls were cute in their sailor outfits, I was disappointed that they weren't dressed as maids as their gimmicky website had advertised, which threw off the authenticity of a real Japanese maid cafe.

The service was unfortunately non-existent. We walked into the empty reception area and were seated after a few minutes of standing around when we finally walked further into the dining area to wave at 5 servers, all standing by the counter, chatting with each other. There were 2 only 2 other tables, but we had to wave them down again to take our order and to get the bill and then the change. No quality checks. Actually, for some reason they seemed a bit awkward and... scared? (for lack of a better word) when taking our order and approaching our table. They were friendly but perhaps lacked experience since they all looked quite young. English was also a small issue.

Probably won't be back as Richmond has so many other places to eat at...

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Gogo lunch specials!
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 6:11pm [Dine in]

Food: they have a business lunch special with an array of dishes varying from around 6 to 8 dollars with the option of adding a milk or green or black tea drink for an extra dollar (pearls, etc are extra). I ordered the seafood fried rice with XO sauce while my dining partner had the thin noodle with beef. I really liked my fried rice and was pleasantly surprised to see all of the seafood that was in the rice. The thin noodle with beef was ok but the noodles were all broken but tasty still. Bubble tea was ok, but I've had it before several times and their teas are on and off depending on the type you order.

Service: We were seated promptly and orders were taken but food took quite some time to arrive. The second order didn't even arrive until after I had pretty much finished my meal and when it did come, the server muttered some kind of apology I didn't understand. Servers don't check up on you and I don't think the majority of them can speak english very well as we had trouble communicating with them.

Ambiance: We were seated in a booth by the windows so it was comfy and had a nice view of Garden City Road. Not too bad. Side note: their fish tank was really dirty and there was a dead fish floating in the tank. Poor fish....

I think I'd definitely be back for a lunch special but not worth it for the bubble tea alone.

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Great seating arrangement, full privacy.
By lovingfood of Kerrisdale (90 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 25, 2008 - 10:18pm [Dine in]

Food:
It's not bad but it's not good either. Let me be more specific. The taste is not impressive, I have been to many bubble tea restaurants in Vancouver and Richmond, so I do compare them. In terms of taste, Gogo Tea really doesn't rank high among them, it just doesn't have better food than its' competitions. The price is about the same as Pearl Castle and other bubble tea cafes. I find the portion smaller, not a lot of meat in my dish. Other bubble tea cafes are more generous about the portion of meat. However, you will not starve here either, one order of meal should fill you up all right.

I like my bubble tea though.

Service:
It's quick and no fuzz. They are polite.

Ambiance:
I am not into the maid theme. As long as waiters and waitresses are polite, I don't care what they wear. It's the attitude that counts not the costume. I rather they fix the interior a little bit.

The decor is kind of worn out. I was kind of disappointed when I walked in, it doesn't look as good as the pictures on the website because it's worn out. The industrial ceiling looks creepy, I rather they cover that up. Stop pretending it's hip to have pipe exposed ceiling. Just admit it you are too cheap to buy a ceiling.

What I do like is that it's very spacious. The seating arrangement is great because you can have your privacy. Some bubble tea restaurants have really bad seating arrangement, you sit so close to the next table as if you sit at their tables or you sit on top of each other. At Gogo Tea, you don't have to sit next to any table, the next table is behind your back not next to you so you can have full privacy. I LOVE THAT. I can see why some people choose to hang out here. They can really sit down by the big window, relax and talk to their friends without worrying about eavesdropping.

You would go back if you want to have a relaxed quiet meal with you friends and have some private long conversation without people rushing you or staring at you like some cramped busy restaurants.

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BBT and meal sitdown fav
By ballin_eater of Vancouver (34 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 12:10am [Dine in]

Went for mid afternoon bite here with a friend. Been here a couple times only and each time it has met my expectations.

Food: My friend ordered the Beef Noodle Soup with GoGo Milk Tea, I ordered the Popcorn Chicken Noodle soup with Honey Milk Tea. Both of the meals was excellant. The noodles tasted really good as they seem like it was home-made. The drinks are also really delicious and my friend had the mini coffee jelly which is kinda cool.

Service: Not really busy at the time of dining so servers were really attentive.

Verdict: Will always return if I have another taiwanese food and BBT craving. I would rate 9.5 out of 10.

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Very poor service...I hope nurses at hospitals server better...
By gti303 of Vancouver, BC (45 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 10:48am [Dine in]

This place is like all the other taiwanese bubble tea places. Theres some eats you can have here, along with bubble tea. Nothing was good...I've been here twice and both times the food itself was very awful. The bubble tea is mediocre...but thats not the niche here.

You come here, and you see little asian girls dressed in uniforms...that would all be well and great and account for the poor food if there was some service and some life in the servers...there wasen't. Service here is the worst I've EVER been to anywhere...period. You will NOT get asked if you want drinks or food until you wave someone down like in a cheap chinese restaurant. Then they will come to your table, and not even ask you what you want...they just stand there with a pen...no words out of any of the servers mouths...no smile, not even eye contact.
Same thing goes with the rest of the meal and the bill...you gotta try to wave down the unorganized unmotivated staff.

Poor food, poor service, doesn't get my vote for anything other than making a decent attempt at a cosplay cafe. Perhaps the staff just need motivation.

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Great food and bbt and value, especially at lunch
By dragonsunny of Richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 1, 2010 - 8:39am [Dine in]

I finally went back to Gogotea after over a year of not going (mostly because Well Tea was closer to my home). I'm really glad I did! Went there on the weekend with my brother to eat lunch - they have lunchtime specials where you can add bubbletea for just $1.75 to most meals.

Food: Great! We both ordered hotplates, which comes with a hotplate of meat, two side dishes of vegetables, and a bowl of rice. The meal comes on a tray, which I liked too. The food was great, the meat still hot and tasty, and overall a filling and tasty meal.

Bubbletea: Great (but not the best we've had)! The glasses are pretty tall, so it's a good value too.

Service: Honestly compared to other bbt places, the service was on par or maybe even a bit better. But I'll leave it as a 3 just because there's room for improvement. The waitresses were friendly and smiled, but never checked up on us.

Value: Good value. The normal prices of the bbt are around $4 to 4.50 (not including pearls), which is similar to most other bbt places. Most of the food prices ranged from $7.99 to $9.99, which again I think is normal. Although I have to note that the hotpot (which I didn't try) was $9.99, whereas Well Tea has it for a bit cheaper I believe. But I really liked their lunch special deal - add bbt for $1.75 with a meal. And again, the portions for food and drink are larger than average.

Ambiance: Very comfortable seats, good ambiance, clean setting.

Overall a really good experience, and I'm definitely going to go back more often, especially for their lunch specials!

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bad bad bad
By crazee_turtle of Richmond , BC (38 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 6:06pm [Dine in]

I used to enjoy coming here, but after several very disappointing visits, I never want to go again.
The food is fine. Its just like every other bubble tea place.
The service is beyond poor. They've forgotten my pearls/coconut jelly, written down the wrong order and taken way too long to make drinks and food. So I don't recommend coming here if you actually want to be served.

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Exotic & Fun!
By ono of Richmond (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 2:23pm [Dine in]

Every time I've gone to Gogo, it's been excellent, prompt & competent service combined with exotic and interesting food choices at a reasonable price.

Ordering things like jellyfish and king crab, and still having the total bill around $20 including a monster-sized bubble tea, and having a cute gimmick with the outfits the waitresses all wear all cause me to give this place a 4. Also, the place is clean, and has interesting adornments.

In fact, now that I think of it, I'm going to give them a 5 over all.

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So-so food and mostly eye-candy.
By Azusa of Burnaby (38 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 5, 2007 - 11:53pm [Dine in]

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.

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Cute waitresses, good dessert
By ferrystar of Victoria (19 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

My friend and I found this place when we had a random bbt hankering one night. The restaurant scores very high on the ambiance factor; the decor is modern and hip-looking, and the waitresses wear the cutest little sailor/maid-style outfits. I was very tempted to ask where I could purchase one for myself! As for the food, I ordered a strawberry calpico and we shared an order of the mango shaved ice. Both came in large portions and were relatively cheap for such a fancy looking place. The shaved ice was covered in fresh slices of mango which were soft and sweet tasting. The menu offers a wide assortment of drinks and desserts and some food offerings as well. I would recommend this place for some late night drinks and dessert.

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Above par
By narnian of Kitsilano, Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2009 - 2:03pm [Dine in]

Food:
Pretty good food! Great selection and nice menus.

Service:
We were seated and left alone for 10 minutes. Very hard to get someones attention... they were obviously short of staff.

Value:
Standard for this kind of restaurant, except drinks are a little expensive.

Ambiance:
Modern, but dirty by the windows.

Overall:
Decent place for the food. Will return and recommended.

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Not known for their food
By franklovesfood of Richmond, BC (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 12:21am [Dine in]

Yes, my title tells everything, that gogotea has never been known for its food. Wondering why they're always packed? well, especially at night? The manager of this restaurant makes his waitresses wear cosplay costumes, so basically, many men go there just for the sake of visual satisfaction. Althoguh they have decent looking menus, with a variety of choices, plates under the same category basically taste the same!
However, I gotta give them some credits for their BBT. I would rate their BBT at around 8 out of 10, whereas their food quality only deserves a 5 to 6. I have friends who work at this place, and they revealed that it is common for them to bring emotion to work. So honestly, customers cannot expect their service to be good, or even average ... when their employers are allowed to show attitude to customers
If you really want to go to this place, try their baked rice. I think there are around .. 6 choices of baked rice and those are the only plates I recommend.

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All around average
By liquid_k of vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

I've been to Gogo more than a handful of times, and although there's never been a 'WOW' service experience or food revelation, there was never a foul up either. I go to get reasonably quick service and a hotpot (usual order) that satisfies when I'm hungry late night. I never order bubbletea there since they don't seem to accomodate my 'less sugar' request, and there are places around with better bubbletea.

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Cute and Trendy!
By cee-licious of Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

This was my first time at this bubble tea cafe and it is definitely different from the rest. The look of the cafe itself reminds me of a trendy lounge with big comfy leather booths and nice bluish lights. Servers are dressed in sailor moon-ish outfits. Cheesy but cute. The bubble tea came in large tall glasses and were average price at $4.00 + 0.50 if you want pearls. They didn't have regular pearls but mini pearls which are a quarter of the size of the normal ones. You can easily choke on them since they are so small but tastes the same. They apparentley ran out of the regular ones. Food was decent. Had some fries and a sandwich which both were fresh. Food came promptly and servers were nice and quick. Would come back! Everyone should try this place!

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Poor service with some decent foods.
By TastyKing of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 2:03am [Dine in]

ive been to gogo's a bit. AND the service could be unfriendly at times and the food isnt that good.
i just come back because its a good place to chill with some friends and maybe play some cards.
NOT A PLACE 2 EAT.. BUT A PLACE TO talk and play somegames.. maybe some drinks but wouldnt recomend the food !

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