There are roughly 52,123,234 bubble tea cafes in the lower-mainland area (approx 17.4 cafes per capita). One of the more popular ones is Pearl Castle, located in Richmond just off Cambie Rd. Busy during the day, busier during the night, and busiest during late night, Pearl Castle is a great place to chill with friends. That is, if you don’t mind the long wait and the loud crowds.
On this night, I ordered a drink whose name escapes me at the moment. It wasn’t the Young Girl’s Dream. Nor was it the Somewhere in Time. It was more masculine – something to do with pirates. Whatever it was, it was a creamy concoction of peaches, coconut, pineapple, and tapioca pearls. It was swashbuckling delicious – and with a price tag of over $6, it had better be.
Pearl Castle does more than just drinks. Flowing with the high seas theme, we ordered up a dish of deep fried squid tentacles. Regular calamari is also on the menu, but I prefer the crispier tentacles. Served hot with tangy dipping sauce, these won’t last long when shared between friends. They taste exponentially better than they look.
Contrasting the crispy and salty tentacles, we also ordered the Taiwanese Sausage. Sweet and soft, another great dish to share among friends.
Both dishes are priced a few dollars more than my bubble tea: not bad.
Pearl Castle has a great selection of “snacky” Taiwanese dishes on their menu. They’re great for sharing and go great with the bubble tea drinks, which is no surprise considering the fact that bubble tea was born in Taiwan.
The overpriced drinks are offset by the reasonably-priced foods. Combined with a great atmosphere, Pearl Castle gets a 9 out of 10 (worth the hype).