Now, I’ve reviewed Taste Tea before, but back when it was just a little start-up boba joint with nothing but drinks and bare, white walls. (You can read it here on my Yelp account.)
The place kept Jake and I coming back for more often, because it really is the best in town, and we’re happy to report a tremendous growth in the little business.
Taste Tea serves milk tea with “bubbles,” or boba, which are dark tapioca balls at the bottom of the drinks. And for every purchase you make over $4, you get a stamp on your stamp card! Fill it out, and you get a free drink with your next purchase.
Your only options used to be the flavor, sweetness, and size of your drink (medium or large), and the size of your boba (mini or regular). Now you get to choose if you want boba or jelly in your drink — or maybe even both if you’re feeling adventurous! Jelly flavors currently include: coffee, pudding, grass, tapioca, and coconut.
You can even add ice cream if you’re craving something a little sweeter.
They’ve also continued to add new flavors of milk tea, including taro and strawberry — both my favorites, and both delicious. But if milk tea’s not your thing, they also have iced teas to choose from. Even a selection of desserts and rolls.
When I say we’ve watched this business grow, we literally have. Each time we’ve gone, there have been more options having to do with the customization of your drink, more food options when there were basically none in the beginning — even colored labels on their products instead of black and white.
The walls now even have local artwork hanging that you can buy instead of the previous blank walls.
It’s been nice to see an honest business work it’s way up because they work hard and have good products and loyal customers.
My friend Cecilia moved back home to Honolulu after living in Los Angeles for college and she didn’t think she could live without a propper boba place. She said this place met her LA-standard. So I guess if you’ve got the thumbs up from this Asian foodie, you’re golden.
It’s located on Kapiolani Boulevard near Ala Moana Shopping Center, so I suggest you give it a try if you’re not already living the Boba Life. I recommend the Taiwan Melon Tea Latte as a fine place to start.