Tri-ty is a bubble tea cafe located at the Save On mall on Ackroyd Rd. It also servers food like rice dishes, noodles, sandwiches and snacks.
Tri-Ty is a Taiwanese bubble tea restaurant on Ackroyd Road near the central Richmond liquor store. Their bubble teas and desserts are fairly good but today we opted for lunch only since we were on our lunch breaks. The menu is the same all day and most drinks range from $4.00-$5.00 while the majority of the meals are $8.50. The restaurant itself is designed quite nicely for an inexpensive bubble tea joint but we found the temperature a bit chilly.
Honey Crispy Chicken Nugget on Rice 蜜汁脆皮雞飯 - $8.50 (6/7)
This dish is actually Taiwanese style deep fried chicken nuggets with a sweet honey glaze. Tri-Ty is the only place that makes this dish (we have yet to come across any other restaurants with it) so we always end up ordering this whenever we eat here! The sweet sauce perfectly complements the crispy outer shell and as you bite into the meat, you can really start to appreciate the well thought combination of texture and taste. The meal comes with a bowl of rice, three appetizers (mildly spicy fried tofu, green beans, Chinese tomato & egg), and a mango pudding! The appetizers were delicious while the mango pudding was a bit disappointing. (However, it had a dolphin shape!)
Spareribs Noodle Soup 排骨酥 - $8.50 (4.5/7)
This was an average noodle soup. There’s nothing much to say about it! The picture is of the dish without any bean sprouts (which were removed by request). The noodles are fairly tasty but the broth wasn’t flavorful enough. The meat was just okay while the other various veggies tasted bland.
Food: It's great. No complaint. It tastes good and the portion is in decent size. Lots meat in my dish, that's what I like :)
Service: Servers are polite and fast.
Ambiance: The decor is cute, bright and clean.
The only complaint I have is that the seating is NOT COMFORTABLE. You are so close to the table next to you as if you are at their table. Talking about no privacy. You can hear their conversation even if you desperately don't want to. I have no place to look at. I turn right just 15 degrees, I see the person at the other table. I turn left a little bit, another person stare at me back. Hell, there's not even enough space to look at because they are so close to us. I have to either look absolute straight or look at the ceiling. Yup! It's that uncomfortable. It's hard to have a conversation when you have no privacy. I noticed people on my left and right ate quickly and left. We did the same. Will I ever go back? It's not comfortable dining even though I don't hate the food. I will only go back when it's not busy (kind of empty). What a shame. I will look from outside, if it's empty I will go inside. Laugh out loud! That means I will not go back to often because I rarely eat lunch or dinner at odd hours.
Food: my beef noodles were spicy and good and came with ample beef but it was quite veiny so I ended up giving it to my partner who didn't mind it. Said partner had the fried chicken with stir fried rice and he enjoyed his dish. Overall, the food was good but not amazing.
Service: they seat, serve and clean up efficiently which is expected of this establishment. No checking up on you and no schmoozing which I don't mind if I get my food in a timely manner.
Value: a little higher but not by much for a bb tea cafe in Richmond. I didn't like that there wasn't an add-on option for drinks but instead had to be ordered separately.
Ambiance: clean and surprisingly very white, almost institutional.
Overall, may be back if I'm in the area but I wouldn't go out of my way to come here. I would recommend for anyone looking for a quick lunch at a cafe. Bon appetite!
I was out with the gang and craved dessert. We found TTC on this website and we had a plan. The place was packed when we got there but they had a booth next to the entrance that seats dessert hounds and is also sometimes used as a holding area for customers waiting for tables.
The ambiance was modern and well-appointed, and we felt comfortable at once. They have an extensive desert menu, so it took a while to decide. I had a strawberry/pineapple slush that was excellent, and Mrs. C had sweet tofu with ginger. Our friends had various milk and regular teas.
The service was good and the w/c was clean. A good dessert experience I will soon repeat.
Food - I did not enjoy the complementary jello that comes with large meals. It just didn't taste good! The short rib noodles in soup that I ordered was okay. The noodles and soup were good, the ribs, not so much.
Service - Very nice, pleasant, accommodating.
Value - Price for noodles and rice range from 8-11 dollars, I believe. So it's pretty good. It's like any other bubble tea joint, though.
Ambiance - Although it was squished, it was very comfy feeling. Washrooms were also ridiculously nice and clean!
The food is very simliar to what you would find at other BBT places...I usually get the taiwanese style chicken nuggets which you can't go wrong with. The $8.95 combos that i've had come with rice, a small appetizer (ex.a small slice of omelet) and dessert. The service has always been quick and courteous, mind you, i've never been on a busy weekend, usually just on a weeknight. The ambiance is quite impressive, especially in their washroom. It is very nicely decorated and always clean, the best part is, they have sounds of chirping birds to enjoy while you're taking care of business. haha! Overall - Nice, casual place to hang out with friends and enjoy good bbt/food.
I went into the restaurant with a party of 4 and they told us that since we were such a "large" group, we had to wait 10 minutes. Which was alright with us. So we sat on the bench in the back (which by the way is VERY unstable and liable to fall over at any given moment) and waited for us to be seated. Quite obviously they forgot about it. Because at least 4 other groups of 3 or 2 were seated before we were. When we asked them what was going on, they looked at us with surprise and told us that we would have to wait another 15 minutes. We would have left then but this was the only BBT place around.
When we finally sat down and ordered food, we waited an exceptionally long time for everything. First came the main dishes, THEN came the appetizers, and finally as we were about to finish our meal, came the bubble tea. I mean seriously... what were they thinking? On a brigher note, the food was fantastic and the bubble tea cups were huge and they were great tasting.
The ambiance was alright...but i have to admit, it's way too cramped in the restaurant.
One more thing. Due to their inadequate service, we gave them a slightly smaller tip then usual and they actually came after us and told us we didnt' pay enough tip!
I'm only ever coming to this place again if i want bubble tea for take out.
When this place first opened it was an instant success but now is a different story.
The food started out with good quality and low prices. But in about late 2008 or early 2009, they increased their prices significantly. Compared with other equivalent Taiwanese bubble tea places they are priced much higher for food.
Drinks are priced the same as others.
I went there recently to see how things were going but the food quality was actually worse than before which was odd because of the price increase (about $10 for each dish).
This place seems quieter than when it first started, not sure if it will last much longer.
Recommendation: There are way too many alternatives that are cheaper and better. I would not go here.
I really like the rice selection and the BBT. It's fantastic. The menu is pretty cool, like selecting from a 'all you can eat' type of menu. But I rather say the order to the waitress/waiters. This restaurant stopped me from going to Pearl Castle. The food is better, and closer...for me. I remember there was a restaurant before Tri-ty came (forgot what's it called), the place looked much bigger. But Tri-ty's renovation made it at least 40% smaller. So it's more uncomfortable than the other restaurants.
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