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Another Chatime, this time in Chinatown, London

limster Jul 23, 2013 04:55 PM

Chatime, which is one of the best of the newly opened bubble tea places (and with branches all over Asia), has a new branch on Gerrard Street -- any comparisons with the Soho branch?

P.S. Cuppacha nearby is also pretty good. Probably a slight notch down are the 2 places on LIttle Newport Street, just next to Baiwei.

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    brokentelephone Jul 25, 2013 04:32 AM

    That place Bubbleology is awful awful bbt. Loving this new bbt trend -- BBT was super popular in Vancouver when I was in high school in the 90s.

    1. PhilD Jul 24, 2013 03:56 AM

      Is this like saying best cupcake shop? I don't really get bubble tea and see it as a bit of a gimmick - am I missing something?

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      1. re: PhilD
        limster Jul 24, 2013 12:01 PM

        Do note that I mentioned best of the newly opened places rather than just best.

        But to address your question, it's like saying best modern British, best donut, best Peruvian etc... Cupcakes or bubble tea aren't inherently more or less gimmicky than modern British or donuts or Peruvian. There are good and bad versions. There are people who will use hype to market them, and there are people who fall for the hype. But the presence of hype or bad versions doesn't mean that the entire category is bad.

        The way around all of this is to simply try stuff and make up one's own mind about a particular rendition, and sample as broadly as possible. Look for the flavour of the tea and the texture of the tapioca pearls, among other things.

        For more info about bubble tea, might be worth looking at the General Topics board -- have a look at these for example (cursory search, probably more):

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/786049
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/310260

      2. klyeoh Jul 24, 2013 01:14 AM

        "with branches all over Asia" - now *that* is certainly true: for a Taiwanese-Chinese food product, I was certainly surprised to run into a Chatime outlet in New Delhi, India, last Mar.

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        1. re: klyeoh
          zuriga1 Jul 24, 2013 03:49 AM

          I Googled and found that Chatime is also in NY!

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