I am a fan of the Bubble Tea Revolution. Give me a fun colourful
and sense boggling drink over booze any day- so I am biased! I have been here a
couple of times and its always buzzing with folk supping on all sorts of
different concoctions. My favourite is the blueberry popping pearls, they are
delish. Good tea too. Worth popping in (if you will excuse the pun: P) definitely
in my top 5 bubble tea joints in soho…there are lots you know? No?!!
A trip to Chinatown wouldn’t be complete without some bubble tea. It’s a bit of a tradition for my brother and I to catch up over lunch on Sunday’s. This is normally followed by going somewhere else to have ‘dessert’ or something sweet to end the meal.
We wanted to come to Biju last week, but alas, we didn’t know that they were under construction. Luckily, these were complete by this weekend and we were able to grab some bubble tea after our dim sum lunch.
Being lactose intolerant, it can be quite hard to enjoy food and drinks that are normally made with dairy products, as with bubble tea. The traditional version comes with black milk tea and tapioca pearls but nowadays, I’m glad to find that there are so many variations on this!
I actually like to have my bubble tea with green tea because I find it lighter and it doesn’t fill me up as much (especially if I want to add tapioca pearls!). With the cashier’s help, I was able to find a matcha bubble tea with no dairy in it. It was the Matcha Cream bubble tea, just without the cream on top. This was rather nice because I also asked for no sugar to be added, which allowed me to truly taste the flavour of the matcha – it was slightly bitter, strong, and thick (which I loved!). There was also a good amount of pearls in the drink but I wasn’t able to finish them.
I liked that on the menu displayed above the counter, a ‘regular’ sized cup is actually a 500ml cup! This was the smallest size they had and I wasn’t able to finish the entire drink, as that’s quite a bit of liquid but it was still worth it. Probably one of the better versions of bubble tea I’ve tried in London!
Biju is a bubble tea place that I’ve heard mentioned quite a few times, I finally decided to venture inside to see whether it indeed lived up to the hype. First of all the store is small but the layout, colour scheme is inviting and welcoming, there is basic seating and tables on either side and staff were friendly. The menu is clearly displayed and it’s helpful that the popular drinks are underlined which can help if you are a bit undecided. I was recommended the butterfly lemonade that had just launched which was lovely and refreshing and so pretty with the blue colour from the butterfly pea flower tea which when mixed with the lemonade magically transforms and takes on a beautiful purple hue. I decided to have mango jelly as well which actually complemented it well although is it just me who struggles with capturing all the last bits of pearls/ jelly at the base of their drink? I also tried the ice peach tea with strawberry pearls and mango jelly which was very good. Although they don’t offer the choice of different sugar levels here that I like in some other bubble tea places, I didn’t find their drinks too sweet. They claim to use organic milk, fresh nectars and natural ingredients over powder and will always ensure they are freshly brewed at the time of order so I really agree with their ethos. It can get busy during the weekends and they open until late but the service was prompt and efficient I was really impressed by the flavours. The combinations I’ve tried here so far have impressed me and I would definitely recommend. I still really want to try their apple and lychee pearls but they tend to be really popular and sell out quickly. I notice they have a pop up in Westfield too. I will definitely be back to try more of their menu!