Matcha Latte with Boba – Asha
Finally had a chance to stop by this tea house to see what all the hype was about. When you walk in, the first thing that impresses you is the high ceiling. The venue looks like a modern, Asian-themed shop with long paper lamps hanging from above, descriptions of drink ingredients on various boards, gunmetal gray stone/concrete structural posts, and natural lighting entering through tall glass windows. The entire atmosphere feels like a very mellow, casual coffee shop, except instead of coffee, everyone orders milk tea. This place offers frequent buyer cards, but they don’t advertise it – you have to inquire yourself. Interestingly, there’s a box to store your frequent buyer card to avoid losing it or forgetting to bring it every time you decide to visit. It looks like an old library catalog system (before online libraries were invented).
I went for the highly recommended Matcha Latte and added boba. Regular size is $3.50, large is $4.50, boba is an additional 50 cents. However, it didn’t look as amazing as the pictures I had seen on Yelp. The white layer (milk) wasn’t as tall in height as I expected it to be, and it was not clearly distinct from the green layer (matcha). Also, the drink made the inside of my throat feel scratchy, like it was causing me to have a sore throat. It was as if I was drinking a very grainy concoction. Aside from the texture, the taste was good.