Sunday, May 20, 2012
After the somewhat mixed experience at Don Don on Friday, Sam and I literally hopped over next door for a bit of tea at a place called Cha Time.
Sam was far more satisfied with his small drink than with his entire lunch. I had the really sweet Pearl Tea for $4.20. That's the one with the jelly balls down at the bottom of the cup, aka Bubble Tea.
The drink was introduced over a decade ago in Tokyo, but it never really caught fire over there for some reason. I remember going to one of the "To The Herbs" (a pasta chain) branches in Ichigaya for lunch, and I just happened to see the new campaign for bubble tea. The drink must've been very new since after I'd ordered it, I had my waitress and even the manager come up to me and ask how it was. I enjoyed it, but apparently not enough of the Japanese did. I'm sure that a few places in the Chinatowns of Yokohama and Kobe probably sell it, but I think Bubble Tea in Japan is one of those noble failures.