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Dragon Ball Tea House

1007 W King Edward
Vancouver, BC V6H1Z3
Tel: (604) 738-3198
Neighbourhood: Shaughnessy
  • Cuisine: Bubble tea, Cafe, Tea house
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • A wide selection of different flavored Bubble teas, milks, and ice. Always busy and a hit with the local teens and twenty somethings. Line-ups common on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Not Great
By madcarrot2007 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 4:55pm [Take-out]

Went there the first time since my coworker's high recommendation. There was already some line up in front of us, we waited 45 minutes just to get our Green tea ice cream bbt, seriously? Making drinks take longer than making burgers?
Taste is just as good as other bbt house. Overrated.

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Best bubble tea!
By sweet-obsession of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 1:52pm [Take-out]

This is my absolute favorite bubble tea place! I have been coming here for so many years and I would never stop coming here if they keep up their quality. I am sort of lame and only usually order mango bubble tea, since I am a little (just a little) obsessed with anything mango. I heard, however, that other flavours are great as well - my parents love the taro, honeydew, and strawberry. It is always fresh mango with milk for me. Over the years, I have never been disappointed with this place. Sometimes they can be slow because they are busy, but for me, that's a good sign. The only thing I really care about is if they can satisfy me with good bubble tea, and they certainly always do.

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Slow, crowded little Bubble Tea Place
By lindarose of Vancouver (172 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

Went on the recommendation of an acquaintance.

I found the bubble tea menu limited. I ordered the almond milk tea with pearls. Hubby and the kids had the mango slush. The mango slushes were very good - about as good as one would find at Bubble Word. I know that my almond milk tea was made from powder - it said so right on the menu board - I am not sure why I was disappointed with the powdery taste. I guess because Bubble World using a sweet syrup added to their milk tea and it tastes better and has better mouth feel.

The service was okay. Friendly enough - but slow as molasses in January. There were a few people there - but it seems that others had pre-ordered or something and we waited close to 20 minutes for our drinks - too long!!! Our kids (age 4 and 6) were getting very restless. Frankly - so was I.

I noticed they had some food items on the menu - goodness knows how long that would have taken to receive if we had ordered some - there were only two people working - one taking orders and one making the bubble tea.

I don't think I would return.

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One of the Best
By kawaii of Vancouver (51 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 3, 2013 - 6:31pm [Dine in]

It has taken me awhile to try this little bubble tea shop, but I realize now it's one of the best.

The place is tiny, not the cleanest but acceptable, and with a constant line-up of customers getting in each other's way while they try to order or find a space to wait - it really is more of a take-out place.

Their bubble teas are ridiculously good - perfect consistency for the pearls. I've stuck to my favorite - fresh apple slush. I'm going to try some of the other fresh flavors recommended here such as mango and pear - it's not much more for fresh vs powdered, and the taste is so much better. For food, my friend tried the milk toast once and enjoyed it - it looked similar to other bbt places.

Wait time is reasonable. Service is efficient and friendly enough.

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Best bubbletea in the city!
By monkeypie of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 9, 2007 - 8:48am [Dine in]

The bubbletea is incredible and addictive! The bubbles are soft, warm and flavourful. The ingredients taste fresh rather than powdered like some other places. They will take specialty orders. The only problem is how busy and small it is. I think they should def. expand, I'm sure they are making enough for a bigger place!

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Great hole-in-the-wall BBT!
By KungFu of Coquitlam (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

I've heard about this place a few times from my sister but never knew exactly where it was and didn't think it was worth my time to go hunting for it since I rarely go in that area.

It happens that my guy friend lives near there and after dinner at his place he asked if I wanted to go for a drink. He's walking distance from this place and now that I've tried it, I regret not having made my way there sooner! I had the blueberry milk tea, it was the best bubbletea I've had in Vancouver! I've often went to Taiwan and this is as close as it gets to the real thing!

Service was as good as it can get considering it's just over the counter ordering and you get a number.

The place itself looks old and small seating maybe 10 people max but most of the people sitting there were just waiting for their drink. Not really a sit down and chill kind of place.

I will definitely try to come here more often even though it's out of my way most of the time!

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Good quality
By Chardonnay91 of kits (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 10:00am [Dine in]

Nice little small place on King Ed. All the flavours i have tried have been great. Fresh fruit menu makes for higher quality drinks. Only set back is the establishment has a particular smell. If you are planning to take-out, this is not really a problem.

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Pearls are worth a try
By heather18 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 3:02am [Dine in]

I used to go there a lot thinking its fresh fruit but how will they have fresh mangos and watermelon when it's out of season? All the other stores are sold out when it's not in season. I'm sure they don't use fresh fruit. It's probably all powder and canned fruit. I have never seen any fruits inside there counters or refrigerators. The pearls are really good though. It's really busy there. There's always a long wait and the store is always crammed. Price is alright and service is good. I don't like how their counters are so high. I can't see what they are doing back there with my drink. I would rather go somewhere where I can see my drink being made.

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Best bbt ever!
By yumzz of Burnaby (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 10:09am [Dine in]

I love this place! The drinks are fantastic! The price is good, especially the fresh fruits! My fav are blueberry/strawberry slush and taro slush. This place is just a hole in the wall, very small and gets super busy all the time! And they do not cheap out on pearls.

Will continue to come here everyweek!

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Great BBT
By mmmsteak of Richmond (74 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 6, 2009 - 11:24am [Dine in]

Having heard that this is possibly the best BBT place in the lower mainland, we made a few trips from Richmond to Vancouver just to try it out.

Their regular milk tea is very good. Unlike bubble tea at other places, you can taste the strong flavor of the black tea and it's apparent they use good tea. Reminds me a bit of Pearl Drops. I've also tried their lychee slush, and that wasn't too different from other bubble tea places. One thing to definitely note is their pearls. Dragon Ball has yummy YUMMY pearls of just the right consistency.

The place gets busy so sometimes it can be a long wait to pick up your drink. We've always ordered take out since the place is so tiny, but some people seem to enjoy sitting down and eating some of their food menu items as well. Can't say too much about ambience since it's a hole-in-the-wall type of place.

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I'm thristy... Give me a bubble tea
By chinlatino of Vancvouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

My friend recommended me this place 6 years ago since then I’ve been hooked.
I’ve tried almost every flavour: powder and fresh ones, slush non slush, milk or no milk. With sugar or without. Hot or cold.

And I always come back to the fresh cold ones. My favourite ones are papaya, barlett pear, green tea ice cream (powder only), mango, taro and avocado. They can be with bubbles or coconut jelly. And in a cold winter night, I will have the longan & ginger.

We used to stay and read the magazines, but they are all outdated now. Service is quite fast. First come first serve or you can order on the phone and your order will be ready for pick up.

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Green tea icecream craving
By ballin_eater of Vancouver (34 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

I go to Dragon Ball BBT religiously once or twice a month due to the perfect pearls they deliver.

Drink: I always order the japanese green tea icecream or milky strawberry slush and has always been consistently up to my standards.

Service: Whenever I go, i'm always taken my order by the man in the snoopy apron (the owner). Whenever I order, he repeats it to me cuz he remembers my order exactly. Talk about my patronage over time. It does get extremely busy at nights with lineups but everyone seems to be patient.

Verdict: I will always been at Dragon Ball whenever I get my BBt with perfect pearls craving. 9.5 out of 10 rating

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The best bubble tea in Vancouver
By MariaJose of East Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 16, 2009 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

I've been coming here for years have had many a good time with friends and by myself. This is one of the only places in the city that has avocado slush bubble tea and it's SO good. I have also tried their many fresh fruit concoctions, plain milk tea, taro, and a new favourite of mine, the wheat germ milk tea with pudding. Also, SO good. The service is okay, you pretty much just order and wait for your order to be called. It gets really crowded sometimes, but it's all part of the fun!

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tasted better at school........
By omgsushi of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 14, 2008 - 8:38pm [Dine in]

well my high school sells there bbt and it tastes great. but when i got to the actual place it had a funni smell and it took a really loong time but other than that the japanese green tea (4.00) is really good tastes like ice cream.

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love it
By tastey604 of vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 3:11am [Dine in]

I love the bubble tea here. I go there at least twice a month since i'm not a big bubble tea person in general. I've been to maybe other places and none are as good as dragon ball.
The pearls for the drinks are great.
I recommend the Japanese green tea and mango slush. I love it

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most chewiest pearls ever....LOVE IT!
By food-queen of East Vancouver (28 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 26, 2007 - 10:36am [Dine in]

this is hands-down, Vancouver's best bubble tea joints...service is friendly..."slush/no slush? milk/no milk?" ... food is good too (toast is good) but i think they need more variety and better settings/cutlery...the PEARLS are THEE best here..i think they soak'em in syrup prior to serving them...that's what makes it so good..oh yeah , and they also got a bunch of FRESH flavours....none of that powdery-stuff. Go Dragonball!

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Best Bubble Tea in Town
By rabbit of West End (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 21, 2005 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

Simply put the quality of the Bubble Tea here is without par in Vancouver. With so many of these places popping up all over the place, it's easy to try different ones but if you've been to Dragon Ball, the rest will pale in comparison. It's a testimonial to the quality when you see just how busy it is given its oddball location. One of the best tests of the quality of the bubble tea is if the tapioca balls freeze up in the slush, these ones stay soft the whole time you're drinking no matter how long you choose to nurse your drink. My personal favorite is the blueberry slush with half tapioca and half coconut jelly. For those unfamiliar with the snacks at these places, try the thick cut toast with condensed milk.

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Value-priced Bubble Tea
By royrock of Vancouver (West End) (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 7, 2011 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

Since recently moving into the neighborhood, I had a feeling Dragon Ball would become my go-to bubble tea house.
The place could really use some renovations... but I mean, it's a small bubble tea joint run by two older ladies so I wouldn't direct all my focus towards the aesthetic aspects.
They have a large menu of different bubble teas, ranging from fresh fruit, milkshake, powder, and all of them have the option of customization with milk, slush, and of course pearls/jelly. The cheapest bubble tea is $3.00, and then an additional $0.50 for pearls. They don't seem to charge tax, so you are saving a good amount compared to buying from Bubble World (they charge $4.20 for basic bbt with pearls). In quality and taste, you are getting what you paid for, but it still measures up and shines through compared to some Chinese fast-food joints that try and experiment with selling bubble tea on the side.
I reccomend going either before 3 PM to beat the high-school rush, or go after 5 PM on a weekday. It's not very fun waiting with a sea of people in that small store.

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Best Bubble Tea!!!!
By palermo of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

Dragon Ball is by far the best, the line up is out the door everynight, rain or shine does not matter, but let me tell ya, Its a bit of a wait...

The service is great, they work so hard so fast all the time, great work ethic!!!
Prices are reasonable....

The Flavors taste so fresh and the tapioca balls are cooked perfectly, ya just cant get better then Dragon Ball, i always order Taro/coconut slush and its to die for....
This Place is a must!!!!!!

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I was enjoying my bubble tea until.......
By melly of Kitsilano (26 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 8:50am [Dine in]

My husband and I were in the mood for some bubble tea and decided to give this place a try based on reviews we read. He had the Japanese Green Tea Ice Cream bubble tea and I had the Strawberry Slush with milk bubble tea. The place is definitely a hole in the wall, but the guy behind the counter was nice enough. We were in there for about 10-15 minutes waiting for our bubble tea and there was a constant stream of patrons coming in and ordering bubble tea. Some of them even ordered 3-4 kinds of bubble tea at once. I thought to myself that it definitely looked promising and could be a sure sign that the bubble tea is good. We finally received our order and we decided to sit out in the car to drink our bubble tea as the place was too small for my liking. I was enjoying my bubble tea until my husband took a sip out of his and he spat something out. There were several pieces of hard plastic in his drink! Totally turned us off from drinking the rest of our drink! I really wanted to like this place, but unfortunately that experience will prevent us from ever going back to this place. Sorry to the nice guy behind the counter!

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