Although this is our 2nd visit to Gogo Tea Cafe (read our first impressions), I can guarantee that it won’t be our last. Gogo is quickly becoming a favorite.
Gogo Tea Cafe is located on the 2nd floor of Cosmo Plaza in Richmond, at 2170 – 8788 Mckim Way (near the intersection of Cambie & Garden City). As you can see in the pictures, it’s a great space. Large windows let in natural light during the day, and chic lighting sets the mood at night. The interior design is classy and cool.
This space was previously occupied by a Taiwanese restaurant called The Green Element. When I visited The Green Element last year, I thought that the loungey interior (which hasn’t changed much since Gogo took over) would better suit a bubble tea cafe. The owner of Gogo Tea Cafe apparently agrees. Hopefully, Gogo Tea Cafe won’t encounter the same legal issues that forced the City of Richmond to shut down The Green Element.
But enough with the history lesson – let’s get to the food. As usual, I ordered a Baked Tomato Pork Chop on Rice. The complementary corn soup and jelly dessert were lame. However, the included iced coffee and main dish were good. The tomato sauce was a bit too sour for my liking (too much tomato paste), but the pork chop (fried with plenty of black pepper) was tops.
Not a bad value at ~$8.
Last but not least: the Gogo girls.
Gogo Tea Cafe is a Maid Cafe. These themed cafes originated several years ago in the techno mecca that is Akihabara, Japan, but are just starting to cross the Pacific now. The premise? The waitresses dress up in costumes (e.g. French Maid, Kimono, etc.) and aim to create a playful and flirty experience. It’s not rocket science: it’s cute girls dressing up in cute costumes.
Pictures might be worth a thousands words, but are definitely not worth making myself look like a pervert. So you’ll just have to trust me when I say that the waitresses add to the whole Gogo experience. Whether or not they make the food taste better is for you to decide.
9 out of 10 (bonus points for high style)
Check out Gogo’s slick website www.gogotea.ca for more information.