Zephyr Teahouse Cafe offers a menu of authentic Taiwanese cuisine including beef noodle soup and a large selection of bubble tea.
I ordered 2 appetizers - cold jellyfish and deep fried chicken thigh. The jellyfish had way too much diced garlic in it. Maybe it wasn't that fresh and they used it to disguise it. The deep fried chicken thigh was partially raw...
The service was friendly, but you had to wave them down for everything - when you order, when you wanted to pay your bill, etc. We weren't even served water until we asked.
For the quality of the food, even though it wasn't very expensive at all, is mediocre.
The restaurant is way too dark. The washroom was not clean.
With so many choices in Richmond, I will not return.
This is one of my favorite bubble tea places. We actually come here for dinner more often than bubble tea. Their specialty slushes (listed on the first page of menu) are fantastic! The lychee and peach one is especially good, as well as the coffee one. They also have great food. The hotpots here are great value because you can add additional type of meat to it for only $2 more. They also have the Szechuan style fried pepper chicken, which most bubble tea places don't have, and it's really good. All of the food I have tried here have been good or great. The ambience is also nice with dim lights and very modern decor. There is a large projector that plays music videos (both chinese and western music), and many of the seats are couches.
This is one of our favorite hang out spots in Richmond and I highly recommend giving it a try!
I came here tonight for a light dinner with 2 gfs of mine and the place was packed when we arrived at 7:30 pm. I wasn't hungry at the time so I ordered spicy wonton and it was pretty good, not too oily (usually it's soaked in chilli oil, in this place it's soaked in spicy soy sauce w little chilli oil), the wonton wrapping was very smooth and soft but the meat was a bit bland (no other ingredients put in, only minced pork). My gf ordered a taiwanese style toast which looked very normal to me and another gf ordered chicken w rice and it tasted a little too sweet to me. My drink was matcha milk tea and it was pretty good, not too sweet. The service was prompt and brought the food within 15 mins though there was no smile or kindliness shown in their faces. The price of the food was also comparable to other bbt places around so it's alright. I will definitely come back again and try on other food choices.
My DH & I came here last Saturday after visiting the Izumiya supermarket next door.
I had the popcorn chicken on rice. It only came with one side dish & a bowl of rice.
The rice was very fluffy, but I didn't full after my meal.
My DH had the Thai Curry Chicken which he said was quite good.
The interior is this neon green colour, kind of institutional.
The service was quick...though I can't understand why the servers don't know to bring the bill when they've cleared your plates & you don't want anymore tea.
First of all, the ambiance is very nice and roomy...and they have a nice stage, and a well-lit "bar". The service was okay, the waitresses were pretty nice, but after you order, they never check up on you anymore. My friend, who ordered the green tea ice-cream received her drink 30 mins after she reminded the server the 1st time.
I ordered the shaved ice w/ green mango, strawberry, peach and grass jelly. The green mango was sickly sweet, the strawberries ( which contained only 2) tasted kinda rotten, the peach was canned ( so the taste was predictable), grass jelly was okay. However, the ice was drenched in really thick and extremely sweet syrup...which was very disgusting. I heard the drinks were pretty sweet as well.
I would probably not come here again, since I really dislike very sweet drinks, and at approximately $5-$6/ drink (non-alcoholic), is not worth it, since other places that serve bbt (fresh fruit) only charge $4( such as DragonBall Tea House).
I went there once at like 10 pm, or something, with 3 of my other friends. We were seated immediately which was nice, and asked if we'd like anything. And we just wanted some more time to look at the menu.
Then we ordered, food AND bubble tea. Our bubble tea came out within 10 minutes, so it wasn't a huge wait or anything.
Then they never came back to check on us, and we were left stranded there behind this little booth thing, and they couldn't see us. My friends got there food, but I never got my deep fried chicken knees. I thought that they would eventually give it to me, or at least explain why there is such a long wait, but no. I waited and waited, and had to find a waitress to check on my food. Apparently it hadn't even been made yet. Thus another 15-20 minutes.
They apologized and "gave me extras" but it didn't look any different from a normal dish.
They didn't come back to check on us. And right after I finished, we left (2 hours later).
I don't think I'll be going there any time soon. Their bubble tea is decent though.
My friends and I like going there during the day because it's not as busy and we get the couch seats! you get to play cards here, the bubble tea is good and I love the food there because it is just the right amount!
Come here for a good relaxation with your friends!
When my friend and I walked in, we both thought the cafe's interior design was probably one of the best in Richmond.
A rather awkward-looking but cute waitress took around 10 minutes to get around to serve us, but we didn't mind that much because we were chatting while waiting.
She had trouble figuring out what we wanted from the English menu so we pointed our orders out in the end - she was patient though.
The drinks came after another 10 minutes and they were slightly overpriced for the volume - 5.00. However, my friend and I agreed that the drinks were quite good.
However, the service went downhill quickly when we requested the bill, waiting 40 minutes until a waitress came. During the first 10 minutes of waiting, we just sat, expecting a waitress to come. When she didn't, we tried flagging one down, but we were ignored. The cafe only had two other people, and the waitresses were busy talking amongst each other.
Although I am not culturally or racially Chinese, I understand and speak Mandarin Chinese fluently. I am afraid to say that their choice of words and gossiping about non-Chinese customers (including us), was extremely racist and rude. I managed to flag a waitress down and asked for the bill in Mandarin, much to her surprise (and horror, somewhat). We contemplated leaving without paying the bill, but I did not want to disgrace myself.
Personally, I've only encountered this kind of situation once before, and this cafe was the worst out of the two scenarios. I couldn't believe my ears - at other cafes in Richmond, I've never heard the kind of talk that I heard there. Makes me really angry just to think that cafes like this tarnish the reputation of other eateries. In addition, the arrogance and racism of that particular waitress was simply disgraceful.
Just want to clarify the reservation number. It's (604) 270-2588
And the business hour is:
Mon Wed Thurs 11:30AM to Midnight
Fri Sat 11:30AM to 1:00AM
Sun 11:30AM to Midnight
They accept Debit Card for over $20
They have cards you can ask for.
They have Wi-Fi access, ask waitress for password.
You can ask to separate bills before ordering, but if they are too busy, then they will probably ask you not to do so.
Thanks to the customer that mentioned this page has the wrong reservation number. Hope the information is helpful.