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Tea Garden--Boba and Popcorn Chicken on Convoy St. (SD)

Chandavkl May 17, 2009 09:18 PM

I don't remember the last time a new Chinese restaurant opened up on Convoy St., so when I saw the "Grand Opening" sign at Tea Garden at 4685 Convoy, I stopped immediately. Like most of the present day boba places, the boba is just the starting point. Tea Garden has a number of noodle and rice dishes as well as snacks and a lot of people using the WiFi. Guess this is the growth area for Chinese cuisine in San Diego.

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    mliew RE: Chandavkl May 17, 2009 10:02 PM

    Did you actually eat/drink there? I've seen the place as well but haven't yet tried it. I did stop by and look at the menu and it appears that their menu features a lot of cafe style dishes. The selection of tea did seem rather small though.

    Seems kind of surprising that someone would open yet another boba place in Clairemont Mesa. Seems like the market is already pretty saturated as it is.

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      Chandavkl RE: mliew May 17, 2009 11:09 PM

      Only had the popcorn fish or whatever they called it, and it was OK--par for the course. They were doing a pretty good business, however, or at least there were people sitting there with laptops, though not as crowded as the tea place near 99 Ranch Market on Clairemont. Chinese business owners are not known for their imagination--if somebody comes up with a good idea it'll result in a bunch of copycats saturating the market. That probably describes every Chinese restaurant food trend in the US since the BBQ joints started opening in the 1970s.

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        mliew RE: Chandavkl May 18, 2009 10:01 AM

        Yeah, I guess it makes sense to ride the coattails of whatever is currently popular. However, someone should have told them that the boba trend ended 5 years ago and that yogurt is the hot new oversaturated market to jump into :).

        In any case, maybe I'll give the place a try sometime. The food seems worthy of trying although I doubt the tea could surpass the quality of Tea Station.

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