Wednesday, 15 May 2013

(Seven) Bubble Tea Spots in Jakarta

Apparently bubble tea fever is happening in Jakarta.
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Fat Bubble's passionfruit yakult (IDR 23,000/$2.3) with rainbow jelly (IDR 3,000/$0.3)

It seems to quiet down now, but when I was back home, bubble tea places seem to pop out one by one rapidly.

Do you that there are more than a dozen bubble tea sellers in PIK, North Jakarta area only? Not to mention dozens other around Jakarta's malls. I did get my share of some glasses of bubble tea, and now I'll share. The hype may have passed already, but I think there are some spots that are still worth the visit. Take note that every place offers independence to choose your preferred level of ice and sugar.

A warning though, this is a long post. Heaps of pictures. I am sorry that I can't provide thorough details of each spot, as some of them are visited when I was in a hurry or was just looking for a cold pick-me-up. The rating, though, will be given for the drinks, service, and place's ambiance.

1. Bobabits

Summarecon Mall Serpong 2 (Downtown Walk #DGF - 217)
Jln. Boulevard Gading Serpong, Tangerang

FB Page: Bobabits

Price range: IDR 18,000 - 23,000 ($1.8 - $2.3) for the drink - one size

Yay: friendly service, extensive choices of drinks (and some finger food), place's concept is really unique (look at those grocery bag and trolley chairs!), comfortable ambiance, great red velvet tea.

Nay: long queues may be present, some drinks aren't that memorable.

Menu sampled (recommended ones are bold): mango milk tea, red velvet tea (surprisingly lovely; creamy and chocolatey), mango tea, lychee tea.

Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)

Bobabits signage

Menu board

Interior: grocery bag and trolley chairs, balloons, syrups on display

The red one is red velvet milk tea (IDR 23,000/$2.3), the amber looking one in the front is mango tea (IDR 21,000/$2.1) with nata de coco (IDR 3,000/$0.3)

2. Fat Bubble

Ruko Crown Golf Blok A no. 17 
Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta

FB Page: Fat Bubble

Price range: IDR 14,000 - 27,000 ($1.4 - $2.7) for the drinks - one size

Yay: sweet and cheerful ambiance, helpful service, unique choices of drinks (e.g. Heineken tea & tropical black mousse), table games are available (great for groups), cute icon.

Nay: outdoor seating can be uncomfortable (smoke & mosquitoes), indoor seating is often packed, weird-tasted Heineken tea.

Menu sampled (recommended ones are bold): fat bubble gum, Heineken green tea, tropical black mousse, taro milk tea, lychee tea, passionfruit yakult.

Rating: 3/5 (Worth the try)

Fat Bubble signage



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Clockwise from top left: fat bubble gum (IDR 23,000/$2.3), tropical black mousse (IDR 24,000/$2.4), Heineken green tea (IDR 28,000/$2.8), lychee tea (IDR 20,000/$2), taro milk tea (IDR 23,000/$2.3)

3. T2

Ruko Cordoba D/17, Pantai Indah Kapuk
North Jakarta

Price range: IDR 14,000 - 22,000 ($1.4 - $2.2) for the drinks - two sizes (regular and large/couple)

Yay: amazingly big sizes of the glass (maybe for dine in only (?)) - the couple size one is humongous, service is nice, food and drinks come out quickly, great options of drinks and snacks (they have durian mochi ice cream!), satisfying mango smoothies.

Nay: toilet door needs replacement (it kept unlocking by itself when I was there), average point for some drinks.

Menu sampled (recommended ones are bold): milk tea, taro milk tea, lychee tea, mango smoothies.

Rating: 3/5 (Worth the try)


Menu and counter


Clockwise from top left: milk tea, mango smoothies, durian mochi ice cream

4. The Lab

Ruko Crown Golf Blok D No. 29
Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta

Price range: IDR 15,000 - 24,000 ($1.5 - $2.4) for the drinks - one size

Yay: the best bubble tea place in my opinion regarding the concept and creativity, unique and cheeky decor, service is informative and friendly, many stuff to take photos of, Korean-based food, great mango popping pearls.

Nay: those who are chemostry-phobia may found this place overwhelming, drinks are just decent.

Menu sampled (recommended ones are bold): yoghurt fresh tea, wildberry tea.

Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)

The Lab, PIK



Clockwise from top left: hand drawing, toilet door's signage, beakers, elements table (literally)

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Interesting stuff on the wall

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Beakers, flasks, and whatnots

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Left: yoghurt fresh tea (IDR 22,000/$2.2) with mango popping pearls (IDR 3,000/$0.3); Right: wildberry tea (IDR 22,000/$2.2) with pink boba (IDR 3,000/$0.3)

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Wildberry tea (IDR 22,000/$2.2) with pink boba (IDR 3,000/$0.3)

5. Calais

Central Park Mall Lower Ground # #L-253 
Jl. Let. Jen. S. Parman Kav 28. 
West Jakarta

FB Page: Calais Tea

Price range: IDR 14,000 - 24,000 ($1.4 - $2.4) for the drinks - two sizes (regular and large)

Yay: service are all smiles and very helpful, super lovely sweet rose tea, relatively cheaper than other joints, cute icon and nice cup design.

Nay: (at Central Park Mall) no seats, takeaway only.

Menu sampled (recommended ones are bold): sweet rose tea (my fav so far).

Rating: 3.5/5 (Really worth the try)

Sweet rose tea (R) (IDR 17,000/$1.7) with popping pearls (IDR 4,000/$0.4)

6. Chatime

Kota Kasablanka Mall, Level LG
Jl. Casablanca Raya Kav 88, South Jakarta

FB Page: Chatime Indo

Price range: IDR 14,000 - 28,000 ($1.4 - $2.8) for the drinks - two sizes (regular and large)

Yay: the most familiar bubble tea brand for me, extensive options of drinks, service are quick, refreshing fruit tea.

Nay: (at Kota Kasablanka franchise) takeaway only.

Menu sampled (recommended ones are bold): Hawaii fruit tea, passionfruit tea.

Rating: 3.5/5 (Really worth the try)

Passionfruit tea (IDR 18,000/$1.8)

7. Come Buy

Available at: Emporium Pluit, Pacific Place, Kota Kasablanka, Central Park.
(I forgot which outlet I went to)

Web: Come Buy

Price range: IDR 19,000 - 23,000 ($1.9 - $2.3) for the drinks - two sizes (regular and large)

Yay: service is OK.

Nay: the drink is a tad too bland for my liking, but it's hard to judge since I have only tried one.

Menu sampled (recommended ones are bold): passionfruit green tea.

Rating: 2/5 (Average)

Passionfruit green tea (IDR 20,000/$2) with mixed jelly (IDR 3,000/$0.3)

This post of mine really doesn't picture the splendor of bubble tea empire in Jakarta. I recommend you checking these pages if you are thirsty for more:

Ivy's Life: Bubble Tea Fever in Jakarta
Ivy's Life: Spoiled with Various Choices of Bubble Tea at PIK
OH MY GOOD FOOD: Bubble Tea in Jakarta

For now, Calais' sweet rose tea holds rank 1 in my heart. For the places, I don't really have an absolute favourite. What about you? Do share!

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  1. I like the quirky interior designs of those bubble tea shops. I wish they had something similar to that in Australia.

    1. I reckon it's froyo empire building in Sydney right now hehe :)

  2. i love Bobabits' red velvet tea also!

    i smiled a bit when you ended up getting locked inside T2's toilet *smirk

    The lab is surely beat the others competitors interior to the ground

    My less favorite out from those 7 is fat bubble

    And you definitely must try Come Buy's chocolate drink.. really really good..

    Calais is my #2 less favorite after fat bubble

    ps : oops. did i write too long!? haha

    1. Glad that you "enjoyed" my experience, Cend! hahaha.
      True, the Lab is one of a kind. And I'll keep in mind about Come Buy's chocolate drink! Thanks a lot, Cend! :D

      ps. not long enough! :)

  3. wow that is a lot of bubble tea! really love the moustache cup hehehe

    1. Hehe yeah that's a unique one. Thanks for dropping by, Shanshan! :D

  4. New bubble tea coming to town!!
    Each a Cup, famous brand from spore n malay now exanded in jakarta (mall artha gading)
    With a concept each a brew fow each a cup means, Quality !!!

  5. Whoa love this post! Btw love your blog! would u check out mine?♥


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