A bubble tea house in the Yaohan Centre food court, main level.
Food: Had the $2.66 milk tea with pearls. The milk tea was perfect: not too sweet. The pearls were decent, though it could be softer and tastier. I found them a bit too chewy. I found it kind of gross that the syrup was stored in a milk jar...
Service: The person at the cashier made my bbt. Very quick service, which is good.
Value: Where do you find bbt for less than $3??? Amazing!
Ambiance: Food court ambiance.
I was in Ditchmond and craving something cold. Mrs. C suggested this place and we motored over to Yaohan to check out the action. There is fierce competition in the area for your BBT dollar, and so the price was cheap. $3.75 for a fresh strawberry slush.
"Woo-Hoo" I cried, or would have if I wasn't in the middle of a crowded shopping centre. In my heart I was whooping for joy, anyway.
Service was quick, and the ambiance was pure food court, but it was clean. As for the slush, it had just the right consistency and flavour. Next time I will try the bubble tea for $2.66.
I think Little Bean is probably by far the cheapest bubble tea I have found. The quality is pretty good for the price you pay. The texture of pearls (bubbles) is always consistent, soft and chewy, no mushy or harden balls.
I love the red bean slush. As for their cheapest bubble tea on the menu, the $2.66 milk tea bubble, it's a little bit watered down, just a little bit. However, pearls (bubbles or balls? whatever) are always tasty.
Food: They got great drinks! However, the cheapest drink (the promotional item) might be compromised a little.
Service: Polite. They can get really busy, you might have to wait a while.
Value: Compare to other bubble tea stores in this town, Little Bean does score high in terms of value. But if you compare it to bubble tea shops in Asia, you might not think it's good value. I heard people coming from Asia complain about the price of bubble tea in this town a lot. Apparently, bubble tea is dirt cheap in Asia, especially from those bubble tea take out stores not the sit down bubble tea houses with some decor/interior design. So, they don't think the price is justified. I find Little Bean is still a little more expensive than similar stores in Los Angeles. Oh well.
Ambiance: It's a food court. Tables and chairs are kind of cheesy but it's clean enough. Most people take out bubble tea anyway, so it's really not an issue.
I was craving some fresh fruit bubble tea today...and I decided to go to this one cuz the one next door had a longer line.
I saw that FRESH HONEYDEW JUICE SLUSH was one of the specials so I ordered that with pearls. When I took a sip of it in the car, it was...well, the flavour instantly reminded me of the time I went to some place and asked for honeydew and they gave me some crappy powder honeydew bbt.
The "fresh" part was probably throwing in a few pieces of honeydew, and then adding in powder and sugar to make it taste like something. First, it wasn't a slush at all...it was a thick juice. When | went back to get an adjustment, the guy just tossed it in the blender and gave it back to me, all the while returning my bitter glare.
I asked the girl behind the counter whether this was really fresh fruit, and she said yes. I asked if it was ALL fresh fruit and she finally admitted that they put a "little bit" of powder in. I then asked if I could order it without the powder and she said "no, because that's how we make it."
I guess that's business, but I learned my lesson about the kind of business this bubble tea runs.
I miss the people that used to work here. That used to give me real honeydew juice with pearls. But it's really hard to find a good bubble tea place nowadays.