Address: 123 E. Valley Blvd.
San Gabriel, CA 91776
Price: $ / $$$$
This was probably my favorite place out of the entire food adventure around SoCal Kenneth and I went on this weekend. It’s a little hard to find at first, we missed it the first time, the easiest way to find it is to find the church. It’s right next door to the church, which is across the street from a Hawaiian supermarket, and some weird architectural design that says “FORTUNE COURT,” drive straight through the lot and parking is underground. Take the elevator up and it’ll be right there. Walking in, there’s a lot of red and black, very urban, and modern looking - it’s pretty cool actually. It’s also very spacious inside, lots of seating and tables - perfect for sitting and hanging out with friends, and studying too. Did I mention the free wifi? Who doesn’t love free wifi?! The workers were very nice and helpful when it comes to helping you decide on what you want (I’m an incredibly indecisive person when it comes to ordering drinks). They’re known for their marble drinks, so we ended up getting a strawberry marble drink, and a strawberry mango tea w/boba.
The marble drink was delicious, it’s a little hard to explain what it tastes like, but the closest would be a strawberry cheesecake. The texture of the drink wasn’t exactly like a milkshake, nor was it a slushie; it was a good middle ground between the two. Now here’s the tricky part, there’s a special way to drink the marble drink so the flavor comes out right since all the syrup is at the bottom of the cup. The best way to drink it is to stick the straw all the way to the bottom when you get the drink. Then as you start drinking, move the straw up throughout the drink, and mix the drink in your mouth. Yeah, it’s a really weird method, and is tricky at first, but definitely worth it. It’s delicious, and we already want to go back for another! Now on to the tea. Kenneth & I are incredibly pick with how our boba is cooked, but he said boba was actually perfect here, it wasn’t too soft, but it wasn’t too chewy either. Most places we get our boba from is either too chewy, or too soft, yuck. The tea itself was nicely made, although, it wasn’t as sweet as we were hoping for. The mixture of strawberry and mango was nice though, although we tasted more mango over anything else but that was also toned down with the addition of the boba. The drink was still good regardless.
Since we went here with our friends (since it was their suggestion to come here), so we had sips of their drinks too. The cookies ‘n cream milkshake was soooo good! It had the same texture as the marble drink, very smooth. The milkshake was superb, it reminded me of cookies ‘n cream ice cream without the overpowering factor of an ice cream taste to it. It wasn’t incredibly sweet or milky either, it was made just as a milkshake should be made to taste. Our other friend had the winter melon iced milk tea. It was basically a milk tea, with a bit of a nutty taste to it - yum! You could taste the actual tea in it because of the slight bitter taste, but overall it was good. Not an overpowering sweet taste either. Overall, this place is a perfect little place to go hang out or study. The drinks were really good, the boba was done perfectly, and over all just fantastic It’s a little hidden gem, in our opinion, and we will most definitely be making a trip back here in the future.