Boba Jam

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Boba Jam
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This spin-off of Candy Café is a takeaway on one side, sit-down East Asian café on the other (newer) side. A huge choice of fruit- and milk-based bubble teas is available, featuring a generous number of boba per cup. There’s also the option to add other ingredients to your drink, such as jellied nata de coco (fermented coconut water). The café also serves a large choice of East Asian-style desserts, many made without dairy produce. There is also a tiny karaoke booth with songs in Korean or Chinese.



Venue name: Boba Jam
Address: 102 Shaftesbury Avenue
Opening hours: Open noon-11.30pm Sun-Thurs; noon-12.30am Fri-Sat.
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square tube
Price: Main courses £4.45-£6.95
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As a place that sells only desserts, you need to have a strong and wide selection to keep people coming back. And boy do Boba Jam manage it. From simple stuff like bubble tea to the more crazy stuff like raindrop cake, French toast towers, matcha crème brulee and skillet brownies, Boba Jam is NOT somewhere to go if you’re trying to be healthy! But everything we tried was great, including the matcha mille crepe and raindrop cakes.

The only negative I could say is that perhaps it’s a little pricey, but given it’s the centre of Soho and that the food here is crafted to a high level and has some serious attention and skill, am happy to pay that!


I stumbled across Boba jam,when nothing else but bubble tea would do,on a hot sunny day! It's a good joint to get your bubbles at,one of the best bubble tea's I have ever had. You have a choice of black or green tea,which I thought was nice touch. I had the passionfruit black tea with strawberry pearls. It was great. Really natural tasting,which was a first for me. I am used to the synthetic taste of bubble tea,which is nice in slushies...but to have a really good fruit tea made all the difference. Also they don't skimp on the bubbles,which is great. I will be making a point of visiting again when I am in soho,for sure. 


On a hot and humid day, stepping into Boba Jam was exactly what I needed for a much needed sit down and cool down. It’s a little place tucked away on Dean Street, a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of Chinatown. I tried the original staple - the pearl milk tea, with the tapioca balls. The tea was lovely and refreshing and not too sickly sweet; which was perfect. I personally felt that the tapioca balls were a little overdone as they were a touch soft and stuck together in a clump at the bottom. However, this aside, the rest of the menu looked delicious and I’ll sure to be back to get my next Asian dessert fix.

Tip: They also do a variety of Asian desserts such as the Filipino Halo Halo and other shaved iced desserts as well as the raindrop cake.

Good For: small groups, catch up with friends, something different, asian flavours, dessert, date night.


This place has moved! I was sad when it came just yet another run of the mill chinese restaurant but so happy to find it on Dean street! Anyway I feel this place has tried to go a bit european, ie fancy coffee machine and muffins however the desserts I love, are still there. I also go for a hot soya milk flavoured with a syrup with the bubbles. Its a great place which isnt too expensive and is open late enough for when you want a catch up but dont want a rowdy pub. If you want one of those, just step outside :) 


I was pretty happy to see this place again when it appeared to close down in Shaftesbury Avenue. It was cool to see it in Dean Street but I was surprised that it adopted a more Western décor bearing in mind it specialises in Asian desserts.It also appeared to serve more Western options like muffins, cakes and coffees and teas. But they still offer various oriental style desserts such as Halo Halo and Pat Bing Su. I was sorry to see they no longer did my Matcha and Red Bean Smoothie so settled for the ice cream version, which was just as good. My friend enjoyed her caramel milk tea with tapioca pearls. It’s a nice little place to chill and catch up with friends – including those who prefer a cappuccino to a dorayaki.

It's the second time I went there with a friend because I love their desserts. The first time at first they brought the wrong order and we had to wait ages for the bill and kept pressing the call button, however I didn't mind as they seemed quite busy and even gave a tip despite my friend telling me not to. So today visited again with the same friend and we were ready to order but the staff would just ignore us. And there were barely a few customers. A guy sat down two tables across from us(by that time we already knew what we wanted to order), they gave him a menu and took his order almost immediately. And we were just being ignored. I got really annoyed this time and we just got up and left, and the girl in the doorway was looking all confused, but I was just really annoyed as we went to central London just to eat at this place but ended up buying some snacks from an Asian supermarket. Rubbish customer service, I won't ever be going back for sure.


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This is one of the best places to get your hands on a Bubble Tea in London! Within China Town you feel as though you're getting the real deal, rather than a cafe trying to produce a proper tea. Very tasty and recommended, but also a great place to pick up lunch or a snack - friendly staff and atmosphere and brilliant freshly cooked food!

I drop in at Bubbleology in Soho whenever I'm in town, and thought I'd give Boba Jam a try, having noticed it when walking past the other day. The bubble tea was great (I had the Hong Kong pearl milk tea), with nice big, soft tapioca pearls. I actually preferred the pearls themselves to the ones at Bubbleology, though the drink size was smaller for the money. There also seemed to be less choice compared to Bubbleology. I must disagree with Jazz's review, however - at least when I visited, the girl who served me was helpful and very friendly, so no problems there for me.

the bubble tea is fun and pretty tasty. and i'm sure the taiwanese and chinese and south east asian staff are paid a pittance. but the service, like all of chinatown, is petulant and temperamental. annoying enough to make me wish starbucks will start serving bubble tea so you can get consistent bubble tea at a place where the customers matter.