Many Singaporeans were shocked at the enormous lines and waiting time surrounding the opening of Gong Cha at SingPost Centre.
I was intending to do my shopping at Takashimaya, until I spotted a SHORT QUEUE and did the Singaporean thing – join the line.
My wait for the GC Bubble Tea was about 10 minutes or so, and I got a free mug! (Is it worth something on Carousell?)
The Takashimaya takeaway outlet located at the basement 2 Foodhall is called “Gong Cha Classic”, serving up 22 of their most popular drinks.
If you like to try the NEW items, those offered include Matcha with Red Bean ($4.30, $5.50), Purple Sweet Potato Milk Tea ($4.50, $5.80), QQ Passion Fruit Green Tea ($4.30, $5.20), and Lychee Oolong with Aloe Vera ($3.10, $4.20).
Why do I have the impression that bubble teas are getting more expensive, than say just some time back?
The Purple Sweet Potato Milk Tea ($4.50, add 40cents for pearls) which had made its round around Instagram, unfortunately tasted artificial and somewhat powdery for my liking.
My friend commented that it was actually not as fake as what she expected – looking at the purple hue alone.
As for the pearls, I enjoyed the slight sweetness and they were chewy, though could have been softer.
If I were to recommend a NEW drink, it would be the Matcha with Red Bean ($4.30) in which you could still taste the slight bitterness of the green tea element.
I reckon that 0% or 30% sugar level would be appropriate, as the red bean portion was quite sweet on its own. (But that’s me who usually take kosong anyway – health reasons.)
The Milk Foam Alisan Tea ($3.00) remained a predictable but safe classic choice of a thirst quencher.
Gong Cha Classic
391A Orchard Road, Basement 2 (Food Hall), #208-7, Takashimaya Department Store, Singapore 238873 (Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm