Anyone Try the Leisure Station Tea Shop in Kendall?
So I stopped by Leisure Station today. Hardly enough to do a fair review only after one stop, but here's a quick take, with the requisite caveat.
They have a huge drink menu, and offer a few lunch items. The inside is nice and modern with a lot of tv's for the size of the space (though none were on this afternoon). There are 2-3 small round tables for people to sit down and eat/drink.
I got a simple black tea with milk and pearls. I combined it with food for the lunch special but upgraded to the large and with bubble (the default is a small, no bubbles). The tea drink was good, but not great. I prefer a stronger, classic tea taste. This reminds me a lot like Lollicup, but not as sweet (so better IMO). If you like boba tea, this place serves up a decent cup, but don't expect any breakthroughs here, and it's a welcome addition to this area.
I also had vegetarian dumplings to go - they were cold by the time I got back to the office (3-4 blocks away) which surprised me. They were likely already cooked and just sitting around. The dumplings contents were ok (various greens, some carrots and mushrooms, finely minced). A bit plain, but the sauce was a lightly spicy soy and I didn't think paired well with the dumplings. I would've loved to add a shot of sriracha to these babies. The skin was also a bit thick. All in all, a bit blah.
The big plus is that they deliver. I can definitely see myself wandering over for bubble tea, since I shy away from coffee in the afternoons, and if they get busy, they would drop off a few bubble teas/smoothies/shakes for me within 30 mins. They're also open to 11pm.
Leisure Station Tea Shop
625 Kendall Street, Cambridge, MA 02142
Yup, I have - several times and am a HUGE fan. as a lover of boba tea in general I can say they take it to another level. The teas are definitely flavorful and the jelly flavors delicate.
Right now I am am sipping the lavender milk tea with rainbow jelly and it's really delicious. I recommend the honey citron fruit tea and the jasmine milk tea - don't forget to add boba and a jelly 50c each. It's more expensive than other boba teas but I think it's worth it.
Check out my review online: http://www.wickedlocal.com/cambridge/...
I have been there a number of times since it's opened, and I'm quite happy it's there too. The options of teas are better than Lollicup (IMO), even though it's a franchise of a chain. I've also seen the business pick up quite a bit. My first view visits made it seem like I was the only customer, but now there's regular seated guests and a short line when I visit. I haven't ventured to try more of their food though, after the disappointing dumplings. Stick with the drinks.
They did a brief story on this a few weeks ago in the Globe's local section online, and I found out the store is owned by one of my employees. I always tell my coworker's I'm going to contribute to xxx's retirement fund when I go for some tea.
1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215