Soho Tea Room features a bright, modern atmosphere and a menu featuring Hong Kong & Taiwanese food, drinks, snacks, and bubble tea.
So there was mention of a place in the lower mainland with alcoholic bbtea. It was a strange idea to me and so the other half wanted to try this place out.
Outside, the place looks impeccable - Inside even better. Its warm, cozy and the mood lighting makes it seem like this place was very well thought and designed by professionals like Gordon Ramsey or Nigella Lawson. That's where all the good news ends.
The food here...well let's just say it's so-so. In a city where there's so much competition for value, service and deliciousness, there is a ton of places that fair a lot better than his. I'm embarrassed to say - I would rather eat at Hon's or Congee Noodle house than this establishment.
One of the noodle dishes we ordered was supposed to have meat in it. It came with a ton of onions, and a lot of green peppers. The small amounts of meat it did come with were cold as in temperature-wise. The rice noodle and beef I ordered; a Chinese classic tasted ok but was full of grease.
We didn't try the alcoholic bbtea but I'm glad we didn't. Who knows what surprises waits for us there.
I guess this place has been around for almost a year. It's a food/bubbletea place... just like any other Bubble tea/restaurants that you see over the lower mainland. From what I heard, it's been opened by a few University students. My first time there, things were okay.. i wouldnt say superb, nor would i say negative about it because I came back to eat for a second time. Food was okay.. not bad, deals are not the best price but some are considered cheap.. so a balance depending what you're wanting to eat. Here's the 2nd time going back............... Not too sure when they last changed the oil in the deep fryer but my french toast tasted very odd and weird... eventhough I ordered the after 2:00 tea special. The deal is... i purchase a drink of any sort and a free toast comes with it. They tasted like everything that has been thrown in the fryer over the previous week. Both of us got itchy throats after eating them which makes me think there's something funky in the oil. Most hilarious thing was... It was 1:59 when I ordered it... like... a minute really makes a huge difference... The server said we must wait until 2:00 to give us this offer. I'm like WOW... is this some kind of cocky service or what? I was like... do you want to come back one minute later and then I will order?! These people really dont know how to do service... only going by the book, ANAL-LY. My bubbletea was super sweet when i asked for HALF SUGAR PLS. I called the waiter over and asked about the french toast and the bubble tea. He answered back and said the people who sat over in the corners ordered the same thing (french toast) and said it was really good and was not willing to replace it but only replaced my drink. I asked him to call those people over but he refused to do it. I was telling him how I drove all the way to their restaurant to eat trash. Oh right... my girlfriend's lunch was also ridiculous... She ordered a hotpot from the menu... so it comes with a Hotpot type of sauce "Sa Cha Sauce". He said it's a 2 dollars charge to fill a little sauce for their HOTPOT... we were like WTF?!?!?
This sauce is a common sauce where every chinese restaurant would provide free, what makes them so special to charge additional sauce for $2?!?!?!!?!?. I was like... "buddy, are sure your restaurant prefers to do business like this???!" Anyways.. here's to hoping the poor review I'm writing right now pushes the owner to take realize what his employees are doing or if this was his way of doing business, then all I can say is... we're never going back again!!!! I will definitely discourage anybody i know from going there.
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