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E Tea

3281 East 22nd Ave
Vancouver, BC V5M2Z1
Tel: (604) 453-1832
Neighbourhood: East Side

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nice tea
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 30, 2008 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

I was craving BBT and so was my lovely dining companion, so we hopped into the chasiucruiser and zoomed over to ET. The restaurant was very nice and modern, and the servers were efficient and friendly. We ordered a matcha BBT and a strawberry milk BBT, both with jelly. The server even taste-tested them to make sure they were okay (he didn't drink from my cup). That was service!

We found the BBT to be flavorful and really cheap at $3.50. We'll be back soon.

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Cheaper than other bbt place
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 6, 2008 - 10:41am [Dine in]

Went here at 10pm on a weekday. Never thought I'd come here but a friend suggested it so..I thought why not?
They're located beside 7-11 so parking is somewhat limited (approx 15-20 spots) and it was almost full. This place is pretty brand new and clean. Only 2-3 tables were taken up when we arrived. Not too busy.
We ordered a bunch of stuff but the only thing I tried was green milk tea (good, foamy on top and not too sweet), passionfruit green tea (not bad), and the salad tastes fresh but had too much dressing.
I would probably go again to try their rice and noodles.

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Sodium Overload
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 4:03pm [Dine in]

This is supposed to be a bubble tea place, but their bubble tea is pretty bad, very watery and the bubbles are hard and chewy. The food is worse. Our table ordered three items, baked pork chop on rice, Taiwanese beef noodles and spicy beef brisket noodles. None reached passing grade, in my opinion. The worst was the spicy beef brisket noodles - not spicy, but extremely salty. It's a good thing the bowl was only about 1/3 full because I had to pour two glasses of water into it to dilute the soup. Even then it's hard to finish the whole thing.
Service was OK, and the ambiance was actually quite nice, clean and comfortable. Nice place to hang out, but what should we order???

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Good deals for food + drink combos, plus free wifi
By kawaii of Vancouver (51 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 16, 2012 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

A nice modern bubble tea house with free wifi. They have really good deals for food + drink combos throughout the day. The food is kind of like Asian fast food. The soups are terrible and watery, but some of the side dishes are not bad, like the fried chicken and the toast and fries.

I really like their bubble teas, although I haven't tried the fruit or milk teas. I tend to go with a simple black or green tea with some flavors like lemon, honey or grapefruit. The drinks are refreshing, but it is on the expensive side if you don't order it as one of their combo deals. Service is friendly enough and efficient. They also don't bother you if you are there for awhile working on your laptop, they just put the password right on the table and leave you alone.

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finally a nice bubble tea place in east van
By richmondman of richmond, bc (13 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 22, 2007 - 4:09pm [Dine in]

im bubble tea lover. finally a nice place for bubble tea n food in east van. the ambiance is good. food is excellent especiall the stone pot, big n tasty. coz they r new, so not as crowd as other bbt place on kingsway. new place to relax n chat. heard they have tv for hockey n nba game too! will go again.

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Much better now
By foodluva of Vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 4:57pm [Dine in]

The first time I came here was when it first opened last summer and i'm sorry to say that it was terrible! Almost as bad as teaworks when they were tasting every drink back then. Came here last week and I was pleasantly suprised. The drinks are much better now although i would stay away from their flavored milk teas ie. strawberry milk tea which is very powdery looking and tasting. Also had the salt peppery chicken which was crispy and flavorful. They have very good afternoon specials between 3-5? definitely worth checking out. The decor is also nice I like how the booths give you privacy. Overall, would come back again!

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Afternoon meeting
By ballin_eater of Vancouver (34 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

Went here to meet a friend this afternoon. Been to this place only a couple times, ntohing too special but really close to my house.

Food: Typical taiwanese food, I had ordered the Beef Noodle soup with a honey milk tea. My friend ordered the vericelli laksa with milk tea. The beef tasted really good, different kinda cut of meat (not beef brisket but more like tendon style). Honey milk tea tasted pretty good, better than some similar places in richmond, which is a plus on my books.

Value: They had a food and drink special which was a pretty good deal. $7.95 for my meal plus a dollar for my drink for the lunch special. Value is there for sure.

Verdict: Quiet place to chat up and stay for how long you want to without being bothered and has Wi-fi and close to home location...can't be beat. 8.5 out of 10 thumbs up!

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good food, bad drinks
By nedved of burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 1:49am [Dine in]

yes, what a weird combination. Honestly this place has the worst bubble tea in town, I m not kidding, I ordered the same drink 3 times in 3 different occasions, and the taste and color are different in all 3 times, not the good difference but the bad one. Too bad I like that particular favour of drink too much.

The food is a little bit above average with relatively low price. That why I still keep going to this bubble tea restaurant for food but no drink, lol

Service depends mainly on server, most of them are good, but a few of them are quite mean

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Horrible Bubble Tea
By trenzy of Vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 4:06pm [Dine in]

I drive by this place on the way to and from work and i stopped in one day to fill a craving. I couldn't have come out more disappointed.

I ordered my regular Mango Slush with Pearls, and they proceeded to throw a bunch of syrup in a blender with some ice. The result was a flavorless mess... the ice wasn't well blended, and the pearls were frozen.

This is the worst bubble tea I've had in Vancouver, steer clear.

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just O-KAY
By food-queen of East Vancouver (28 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 5:43pm [Dine in]

came here for bbt one night after reading the first review here on dinehere....was greeted by 2 friendly staff...although oddly, the staff behind the counter could've been a lot more friendlier....pearls are quite hard, and not chewy.....toast was o-kay...although i'll probably give this place another try.

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Just for Kids
By Shapeshyfter of East Van (17 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 1:52pm [Dine in]

My friends and I went to e tea the other for a late dinner. We live nearby, so we thought if its good, we can make it a usual late night place. After a mediocre experience, we'll have to see how famished we are before coming back.

Food - 2 - I had the Pineapple Seafood fried rice. I thought it was pretty good. Nothing i can really complain about. my double berry slush was okay, a little bland. My friends reported that they're food wasn't good, so i tried to reflect it in my rating. For the Chicken steak and spaghetti, there was a hair on it, so we had to send it back. We told them to just remove the piece with the hair and give us a new piece. The new piece of chicken came back pinkish in the middle.

Service - 1.5 - Service started off well enough, but then some teens came in after we got our food. These teens were friends of the server, so bye bye server. Server never came back after bringing back the chicken steak spaghetti. Also, no apology was offered for the hair on the food and she wasn't really happy about giving us a new piece. At the end of it, we couldn't even get our servers attention for the bill. A guy came out, I think the cook, and he got it for us.

Value - 2.5 - For the price we paid for the food, it was a okay deal. $7 for a pretty filling plate of fried rice. The drinks were a bit pricey, but I guess that's what BBT costs these days. Theres also some pretty good deals if you go at the right time.

Ambiance - 2 - e Tea is pretty nicely designed, looks pretty modern. But once you go in, there's a weird musk, but we got use to it pretty quickly. My main complaint is the teens that go there, they're loud and swear A LOT.

Overall - 2 - eTea is one of those places that I think I would go when everywhere else is closed. The values are good when you go for the lunch/dinner specials, and even after those times you can still get a filling meal + leftovers. All you have to do is put up with the kids that go there and work there. I'll probably go back in a bit to see if I get a better experience.

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I will definitely go back
By spicegirl of Tri-Cities, British Columbia (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 5:19pm [Take-out]

I stopped at a convenience store to grab some food to bring to work and saw this restaurant and thought I would give it a try instead. This was my first time at a bubble tea restaurant so I wasn't sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by how nice the decor was and was assisted in ordering instantly. I wanted something vegetarian so ordered the rice and tofu dish. I was told it also contained meat so they made it special for me without the meat.

When I asked how long it would take the waiter responded 5-10 min. I thought that seemed reasonable since there weren't that many people in the restaurant. I should have suspected something when every couple of minutes dishes of food were being brought out to an empty table. Eventually a large group started arriving for lunch and the food kept coming so they obviously ordered well in advance. It took 25 minutes or more to get my food and the whole time they kept saying it would be right out; next time I will phone in my order. All the food that passed me by looked excellent and the smelled awesome.

When I finally got to eat my food later that day I couldn't have enjoyed it more. There was enough food for 2 meals and the cost was 10.00 with tax. There were lots of mushrooms in with the tofu which I didn't expect but fortunately I love mushrooms and the sauce very flavorful and tasty. I am looking forward to going back and dining in and have already recommended this restaurant to several people.

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UGH.... shouldve gone to Oscar's across the street
By aktionmancer of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

So last night, i picked up my girlfriend for a late dinner. I wanted to go to Oscar's but she was craving bubble tea so we decided to go to E Tea instead because all I wanted was to have a Baked Bolognaise Spaghetti which ETea would also have.

Her sister claimed that the spaghetti was of pretty generous portions so i went along with the idea of trying E Tea.

We go in and are seated immediately. We look at the menu a bit. The prices are quite fair regarding food. The prices for BBT are the same as anywhere else.

I order my baked spaghetti and she orders a passionfruit black tea.

We sit and chat for about 5-10 minutes when my baked spaghetti arrives.
im quite surprised as a baked food item usually takes a bit longer than most dishes. I inspect the food, and although it doesnt have ALOT of cheese, theres some, so I was like, whatever. I take a big waft of the dish, and I dont really smell anything either. No savory smells to entice me. I finally dig in. boy am I surprised.

It tastes like NOTHING! the taste of the dish was really bland. after a few more analyzing bites, i started to finally taste something. If you wanted to describe it, it would be overly acidic b/c of the sour tomato taste. I was telling my girlfriend how it tasted and I could tell she thought I was exaggerating, so i let her try it. She stopped in her tracks. The look on her face told me everything = S

At this point, I noticed that we also didnt yet receive my girlfriends BBT. In fact, we hadnt even received any glasses of water!!

At this point, I flag someone down and ask, 'excuse me, can WE get some water? thanks = ) "
he returns a minute later.... with ONE glass. (ill give credit to them about the taste of the water; at least they add lemon )

Im about 3/4 done my spaghetti when we flag down another waitress to inquire on our bbt.
We wait another 5 minutes + so obviously they totally missed the order for the bbt as well.

If the place was fully packed, I would understand a little about lack of service, but the restaurant was not that busy. The waitresses were standing around chatting for quite some length of time.

20 + minutes to get bbt? i dont think so

Anyways, long story short:

Service AND food were terrible.
Will not be going back.

I really wish we went to Oscar's across the street instead.

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I'll Pass
By NNN of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 6:51pm [Dine in]

Recommended by my friend, I gave this place a try.
I had a fresh mango Bubble-tea with bubble ($4.45).
It did not taste like they used a fresh mango, and I didn't like their bubble.
May be the bubble was slightly under cooked, and the they did not have a honey-like flavor like the ones from Bubble World.

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E-Tea-riffic!
By PeskyPescetarian of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 11, 2009 - 11:55pm [Dine in]

This is another place I frequent on a regular basis. It has many choices for food and bubble tea type drinks. The food is ridiculously inexpensive. ($6.50 for a meal) but the drinks are standard price about $4.00. I guess that's how they make money there. I personally am not a 'bubble tea aficionado' and can't really tell the difference between the other places. Apparently this place doesn't make them as well but I've never had a problem with the drinks here. I just stick to milk teas or green teas and sometimes the fresh fruit slushes minus pearls, jellies, fishballs or any other weird stuff collecting at the bottom of my drink. I always find it amusing to see grown men walk around with a big purple bubble tea sucking pearls up through a big pink straw.
I find the service very good. They are not uncomfortably over-friendly and they are not rude or snotty at all. I asked for substitutions on a dish and got what I requested with zero attitude. The decor is trendy yet subtle and every time I go the TV is playing some cheesy chinese pop music video. I'm not a big fan but i usually go with a buddy who is. (He's a grown man who sucks pearls from his bubble tea.)

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Good Treat
By bigboyII of Vancouver , bc (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, October 8, 2008 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

I quite enjoy the place. I was brought by friends to check out the place. I thought it was quite spacious. They have a huge flat screen tv and the environment was quite good. I am a huge fan of regular milk tea and this place meets my standard. I think this place will be a great hot spot for watching the Canucks game!! Awesome finger food and price was quite reasonable.

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Is it *possible* to be more snotty??
By aedansaint of East Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 1:19am [Dine in]

Sunday with lovely gal pal - passable food but FABULOUS fresh strawberry 'slush'! Wow. Made food better than it was...

Then...oral surgery. Gal pal goes back to place of strawberry splendor to bring back the goodies.

Epic FAIL!

Nasty, syrupy, disgusting tapioca 'bubbles'...half melted (we live one block away - and she was DRIVING!)...

I got out of bed, removed cotton packing from cheeks...and went down there myself.

Besides not really speaking English apparently...this young Asian girl was RUDE, SELF IMPORTANT and a real disgrace. Not willing to do ANYTHING to make the situation better.

Got a Slurpee next door instead.

Do NOT reward this sort of behaviour by eating here...

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high hopes, but dissappointment yet again ;_;
By lovefromreese of Vancouver (east) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 12:14am [Dine in]

I try not to eat here often, since the prices are not gentle to my wallet.

The menu could be expanded. The foods seem pretty dull, but maybe it's just because I'm not into Taiwanese food that much. There ARE certain foods that I do repeatedly get when I go there, such as the filet sandwich, taro toast, or the fries. I don't drink bubble tea, so I can't do a review for that.

The servers do check up on you once in a while asking if anything is needed, so that is a plus.

I remember years ago, for our elementary graduation, we planned to book the whole place. They gave us a price and we gave them the money. Fair, right? Wrong. They only rented us half of the place, and claimed that we didn't give enough money to book the whole place.

There was another time when I did take out and left, not knowing that I didn't take my other order. After a while, I realized that I had paid for what I didn't get so I went back and they handed me my forgotten order :)

Overall, the cafe has a very modern vibe and is a nice place for younger people to chill in.

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