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Title: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on September 04, 2020, 12:35:26 PM
Alright guys, let me know what your favorite local milk tea spot is?  I love milk tea, and a boba shops milk tea flavor is the benchmark for a good quality spot. 

I’m not a fan of the brown sugar or cheese foam craze, but would like to know what is your favorite and best quality, most legit milk tea made with real brewed black or oolong tea.

I’ve been wanting to try Orobae but haven’t gotten there yet.  Not a fan of OneZo, Redstraw, Lollicup.  I’ve heard Tastea is also good and not sure if Omomo has good milk tea but they’re more known for their ice blended drinks.

Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 04, 2020, 12:43:49 PM
Tastea is good because they have real fruit add-ins.

Our latest tea obsession (not all of us do the boba) is Sunright. They have 2 locations in Irvine, in Diamond Jamboree (where the Lollicup used to be near 85) and off of Irvine Center Drive and Jeffrey.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on September 04, 2020, 12:52:52 PM
Thanks IHO - Awhile back I noticed the Sunright on Irvine Center during a trip to Dukes Bakery but forgot about it.  Will have to give it a try.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: Cares on September 04, 2020, 02:03:05 PM
Irvine is kinda lackluster for boba surprisingly.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: hamilton on September 04, 2020, 02:15:51 PM
From my experience you can have either great tea or great boba, not both...

OneZo I think makes the best quality Boba balls
If you just care about toppings and variety of toppings you cant beat Class 302

For tea quality HN Tea is really good but if it's not close there are enough 7leaves around and their quality is decent.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: SoclosetoIrvine on September 04, 2020, 02:18:56 PM
I call myself quite a boba pro hahaha

You want to avoid places like Lollicup since I think they use more powder mixes. 
I prefer places that use real brown sugar like Meet Fresh (current favorite in OC).. sunright isn't too bad...85 degree is not bad..the alley at the spectrum is decent too (just get the regular deeroica, not the creme brule version) boiling point also is not too bad

however if you ever make it to rowland heights area, the best one is Tiger Sugar... it's better than everything above
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: paydawg on September 04, 2020, 03:00:06 PM
I'm definitely no expert on this stuff, but I like Ding Tea and Orobae.  FYI - I only like Milk Tea. 
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 04, 2020, 03:09:52 PM
Never heard of Orobae... need to try it out.

We try to visit different ones... we like 7 Leaves but that's more of custom drinks place.

Been to Ding Tea and Share Tea. There is also one called Tan Cha off of University and Michelson... it's a bit like Omomo without the lines.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: Irvinecommuter on September 04, 2020, 03:35:28 PM
It depends on what you are looking for:

Overall favorite:  Onezo...fresh boba and the drinks are decent.  Pricey and limited menus

Favorite "tea" place:  Spiritea...legit real tea but not great for milk tea (you should not ruining good tea with milk)

Favorite fruit drink place:  Bambu...really good flavor and lots of choices. 

Other good places:  Sharetea (UCI) and Omomomo.

Want to try:  Orabae
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: HMart on September 05, 2020, 02:49:29 PM
My wife's fav is Orobae. The lines are getting kind of insane over there though.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on September 05, 2020, 08:50:43 PM
Tried Redstraw again today, wanted to give it another chance, probably hadn’t been ther in a year.  Based on the reviews we steered clear of the milk tea and tried Watermelon mint mojito. 

Eh, really disappointed, won’t be going back.  Ok I finally need to try Orobae for that Rising Phoenix.  Probably need to go on a weekday morning or something to avoid the wait.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: Cares on September 06, 2020, 03:08:22 PM
Redstraw has been notoriously SLOW and also not good for drinks.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: shadyoc on September 07, 2020, 09:07:01 PM
Omomo off Culver is what we have been trying lately.  The online only ordering system makes it easy.  I avoid the Omomo off Alton/Jeffrey at all costs.  Sunlight Tea Studio has pretty good milk tea but not many varieties for milk tea.  Not sure what the craze is about Orobae.  We tried it and thought it was just decent.  Waiting for a Half and Half to open up in OC. 
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: Irvinecommuter on September 08, 2020, 09:01:50 AM
Omomo off Culver is what we have been trying lately.  The online only ordering system makes it easy.  I avoid the Omomo off Alton/Jeffrey at all costs.  Sunlight Tea Studio has pretty good milk tea but not many varieties for milk tea.  Not sure what the craze is about Orobae.  We tried it and thought it was just decent.  Waiting for a Half and Half to open up in OC.

Yes...Half and Half is great but of course they will jack up the prices if they ever come into Irvine.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on September 08, 2020, 09:58:55 AM
For those Omomo fans, what is your favorite drink there?  Want to give it a try this week sometime.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: Compressed-Village on September 08, 2020, 10:02:34 AM
I am going to be like eyephone, how hard is it to boil hot waters and dip it your teas sacks in them?  ;D
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: iacrenter on September 08, 2020, 10:23:11 AM
Love the Omomo Matcha

https://www.omomoteashoppe.com/drinks/omomo-matcha

(https://s3-media0.fl.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/QPb87EYB7K8JP2T2DsNSLg/348s.jpg)

For those Omomo fans, what is your favorite drink there?  Want to give it a try this week sometime.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on September 25, 2020, 02:52:47 PM
Finally tried Orobae, saw a lot of reviews that said the boba was plain and bland - I had just the opposite experience.  Boba was fresh, perfect texture and sweetness, probably the best I’ve had in years outside Taiwan or Japan. 
Got the Rising Phoenix of course, wa really good but will try Hokkaido next time, which will be soon cuz I’m already craving their boba again.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: iacrenter on September 25, 2020, 02:57:46 PM
Which drink did you end up getting at Omomo?

For those Omomo fans, what is your favorite drink there?  Want to give it a try this week sometime.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on September 25, 2020, 04:44:39 PM
Which drink did you end up getting at Omomo?

For those Omomo fans, what is your favorite drink there?  Want to give it a try this week sometime.

I went but line was too long so didn’t end up getting anything.  Will try again next week.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on September 25, 2020, 04:52:38 PM
How much sugar do those drinks have?
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: iacrenter on September 25, 2020, 05:14:42 PM
Which drink did you end up getting at Omomo?

For those Omomo fans, what is your favorite drink there?  Want to give it a try this week sometime.

I went but line was too long so didn’t end up getting anything.  Will try again next week.

They are having some technical issues and only allow in person ordering at both Irvine locations.

How much sugar do those drinks have?

Don't ask, don't tell  :-X
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on September 26, 2020, 03:19:44 AM
How much sugar do those drinks have?

You can adjust the sweetness level 1-5, but to me for milk tea if you lower the sweetness too much it tastes almost like milk, which is weird.  I think Orobae uses natural flavorings not powder and artificial like most places so it is less sweet than normal, which is a good thing. 

I think if you order the rising Phoenix level 4 it’s not overly sugary (IMO), and you can taste the quality and difference.  Definitely add the tapioca, it’s by far the best at Orobae.  I went today and got double tapioca and came home a happy man.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: hamilton on September 27, 2020, 11:21:50 PM
How much sugar do those drinks have?

All I will say is that I have tried to make boba + milk tea before and the amount of sugar it takes to get it to taste like store/restaurant stuff is shocking....
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: bones on September 28, 2020, 07:35:40 AM
Rethink your Asian drink :)

http://www.rethinkyourasiandrink.org


Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: irvinehomeowner on September 28, 2020, 05:37:42 PM
That's why I drink Austrian.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: Nguyen80 on September 28, 2020, 11:30:00 PM
There’s no good boba in Irvine. Got to go to garden grove or Westminster. Same for all Asian items now that I think about it
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on September 29, 2020, 02:34:27 AM
There’s no good boba in Irvine. Got to go to garden grove or Westminster. Same for all Asian items now that I think about it

For Vietnamese food I agree, but for a Taiwanese drink I’m not sure if Bolsa beats out Irvine spots.  This is the highest reviewed place I could find in the area:
https://yelp.to/qTKq/sA004UTIaab

I’m sure it’s good, but don’t know what makes it any better than the Irvine spots discussed here.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: irviniteeee on November 03, 2020, 04:48:29 PM
Milk tea/boba is one of my favorite things to get.

Omomo: Really good, but not worth the wait to me personally.

Orobae: I love their tea quality. The staff is really nice too. One thing I will say is that their popular Rising Phoenix milk tea isn't a showstopper as some Yelp reviews say.

Sunright: New favorite. Their drinks are really good and they have a super convenient online ordering system at the one on Irvine Center & Jeffrey.

7 Leaves: They have a really good Thai Tea and the House Coffee is really good. Their Assam and Oolong milk teas are great too.

Gong Cha: They used to be my go-to when I was craving an Earl Grey milk tea. Their drinks are good, but I haven't been in a while.

Sharetea: Also very good quality. The Kiwi fruit tea is one of my favorite non-milk tea drinks I've had from a tea shop.

Cha: Very good, but can get extremely busy and annoying with the rowdy HS/UCI folks. I still go here from time to time for the nostalgia of when I went to Uni and everyone would go there.

Tastea: Still one of my favorite jasmine green milk teas.

Happy Lemon (Sunmerry): Great fruit teas.

Ding Tea: Solid choice.

Redstraw: Extremely MEH. I would skip it.

Lollicup: More like LOL-licup. No way. Wouldn't go there unless you happen to be in the Arbor shopping center and need a quick fix and skip 7 Leaves or Happy Lemon for whatever reason.

Tapioca Express: Same sentiments as Lollicup. I used to go there when Irvine had less milk tea options, but not anymore.

85: NOPE. Not for milk tea unless it's the rose.

Class 302: Absolutely not.






Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: iacrenter on November 03, 2020, 04:58:44 PM
Finally checked out Orobae and tried the Rising Phoenix, sweetness level 3, tapioca, and regular ice. Very impressed with the tea taste and fresh tasting tapioca. The gentleman taking orders was extremely friendly and knowledgable. When I told him it was my first time, he took the time to explain the menu and insisted I taste the drink before walking away. If I wasn't completely satisfied he would make it right. I will definitely be back to try more items.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: irviniteeee on November 03, 2020, 05:11:20 PM
Finally checked out Orobae and tried the Rising Phoenix, sweetness level 3, tapioca, and regular ice. Very impressed with the tea taste and fresh tasting tapioca. The gentleman taking orders was extremely friendly and knowledgable. When I told him it was my first time, he took the time to explain the menu and insisted I taste the drink before walking away. If I wasn't completely satisfied he would make it right. I will definitely be back to try more items.

Yeah, the staff there is always very nice! The Hokkaido and the Red Jade are really good too for next time.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on November 04, 2020, 10:08:40 AM
Finally checked out Orobae and tried the Rising Phoenix, sweetness level 3, tapioca, and regular ice. Very impressed with the tea taste and fresh tasting tapioca. The gentleman taking orders was extremely friendly and knowledgable. When I told him it was my first time, he took the time to explain the menu and insisted I taste the drink before walking away. If I wasn't completely satisfied he would make it right. I will definitely be back to try more items.

Ya I have a feeling they take the time to talk to everyone and make conversation so that the line grows and it builds curiosity from passerbys and they end up giving it a try due to what looks like high popularity.  Anyhow it's nice that they are so friendly there and the customer service is great.  They'll trade your drink for another if you're not satisfied.  I'm a pretty loyal customer now, tried all the milk teas.  The rising phoenix, hokkaido, and red jade are all very good.  My one gripe is they don't have an XL size.  I always wish I had just a little bit more when I'm done.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: HMart on January 18, 2021, 12:18:24 PM
What's the best milk tea that you can order online? Both Orobae and Omomo are nice but you have to wait in line. I don't mind picking it up in person (prefer it to delivery actually due to less hands touching) but waiting is no bueno
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on February 17, 2021, 12:55:14 PM
I think I've tried all the places in this thread now, and still feel Orobae is the pretty clear winner, both in terms of the tea and boba quality.

I just wish the large size at Orobae was a bit bigger, or they offered an Xtra Large.  If Orobae has the 32oz like Tastea, I'd gladly pay extra.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: irvinehomeowner on February 17, 2021, 03:11:40 PM
Orobae has Omomo-like lines last time I passed by.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: HMart on February 18, 2021, 02:40:19 PM
I spoke to an employee at Orobae who seemed like a manager or owner. Told him I would appreciate it if they did online ordering. He said they are working on their own tech platform as they apparently have some kind of tech company tie-up. He also said that their concern about online ordering is that it would increase the wait for in-person customers.

We went at like 830p last night and the line was 2 persons long. Faster than Starbucks. Of course, this is not how it usually is.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: iacrenter on February 18, 2021, 03:19:33 PM
Just make it online ONLY. Stick a QR Code poster outside and call it  a day. It will be safer for staff and they can focus on drink production.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: ParkPark on February 18, 2021, 03:30:05 PM
HNtea opened near the technology costco. I prefer it to Omomo but Orobae is still my favorite.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: irviniteeee on February 18, 2021, 03:31:48 PM
I spoke to an employee at Orobae who seemed like a manager or owner. Told him I would appreciate it if they did online ordering. He said they are working on their own tech platform as they apparently have some kind of tech company tie-up. He also said that their concern about online ordering is that it would increase the wait for in-person customers.

We went at like 830p last night and the line was 2 persons long. Faster than Starbucks. Of course, this is not how it usually is.

That guy is so nice. I think he is the owner. They really do need online ordering. Lately, I've been getting lucky and waiting 5 mins or less, but sometimes that line makes me leave and go elsewhere.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: paydawg on February 18, 2021, 09:25:12 PM
I spoke to an employee at Orobae who seemed like a manager or owner. Told him I would appreciate it if they did online ordering. He said they are working on their own tech platform as they apparently have some kind of tech company tie-up. He also said that their concern about online ordering is that it would increase the wait for in-person customers.

We went at like 830p last night and the line was 2 persons long. Faster than Starbucks. Of course, this is not how it usually is.

That guy is so nice. I think he is the owner. They really do need online ordering. Lately, I've been getting lucky and waiting 5 mins or less, but sometimes that line makes me leave and go elsewhere.

That guy is great.  I went there when he first opened pre-COVID and he would offer to remake my drink even if it were just a little bit off.  He's still there now chatting with his customers to make sure they're taken care of. 
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: hamilton on February 18, 2021, 11:23:43 PM
Another tip if you're trying to boba/milktea delivery try using Fantuan instead of the silicon valley apps.. its made with chinese/asian restaurants in mind so is accepted by more of the mom and pop asian restaurants and often has promotions which make it a lot cheaper than the doordash/etc apps....
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: irviniteeee on February 20, 2021, 02:06:04 PM
Another tip if you're trying to boba/milktea delivery try using Fantuan instead of the silicon valley apps.. its made with chinese/asian restaurants in mind so is accepted by more of the mom and pop asian restaurants and often has promotions which make it a lot cheaper than the doordash/etc apps....

Yeah, just cross your fingers that your milk tea isn't splattered all over the inside of their car given how crazy they drive around town. They speed, run red lights, turn in front of oncoming traffic. It's great!
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: Cares on February 20, 2021, 07:22:26 PM
I personally really like Ding Tea. I like their boba consistency.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on February 20, 2021, 09:34:37 PM
Just make it online ONLY. Stick a QR Code poster outside and call it  a day. It will be safer for staff and they can focus on drink production.

This is a great idea, this is pretty much how they do it at Sunright.  However, I have a feeling they like the long lines outside.  Every time I wait in it I see 2-3 curious people looking trying to figure out what they sell in there and why the line is so long.  I would think it helps bring new customers. 

My dad always said if you get excited because the restaurant parking lot is empty and you don’t have to wait for a table, there’s probably a good reason and you should eat somewhere else.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on February 20, 2021, 09:37:58 PM
On a non Irvine Milk Tea related note, I tried this place today:
https://www.yelp.com/biz/loose-leaf-boba-co-santa-ana-8

Tried 3 drinks.  Hong Kong Milk Tea, Bananas Foster, and Agua Fresca.  Bananas Foster was really good and unique, others were meh.  The boba also was good texture and taste.  I’d go back for the bananas foster drink again.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: HMart on February 25, 2021, 10:41:22 AM
Another tip if you're trying to boba/milktea delivery try using Fantuan instead of the silicon valley apps.. its made with chinese/asian restaurants in mind so is accepted by more of the mom and pop asian restaurants and often has promotions which make it a lot cheaper than the doordash/etc apps....

Do any of these apps have signup bonuses? Sounds like a win-win to be cheaper and support the mom and pop restuarants.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: iacrenter on February 28, 2021, 03:15:18 PM
Line Report for Orobae @ 3:15pm on Sunday: 30+ people waiting in line... crazy
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on February 28, 2021, 04:22:20 PM
Line Report for Orobae @ 3:15pm on Sunday: 30+ people waiting in line... crazy

For milk tea?  Uhhh no thanks.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on February 28, 2021, 06:28:47 PM
Line Report for Orobae @ 3:15pm on Sunday: 30+ people waiting in line... crazy

For milk tea?  Uhhh no thanks.

Have you tried the Rising Phoenix Level 4, Regular Ice, Double Tapioca?  It’s like a little part of the heavens open when I drink it.  But ya, I’d rather go on a weeknight when there’s only 5-10 people in front of me.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on February 28, 2021, 07:14:46 PM
Line Report for Orobae @ 3:15pm on Sunday: 30+ people waiting in line... crazy

For milk tea?  Uhhh no thanks.

Have you tried the Rising Phoenix Level 4, Regular Ice, Double Tapioca?  It’s like a little part of the heavens open when I drink it.  But ya, I’d rather go on a weeknight when there’s only 5-10 people in front of me.

Sounds way too sweet for me, I'd probably start bouncing off the walls.  haha  I'll stick to my unsweetened green and black iced tea. :D
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: iacrenter on February 28, 2021, 09:48:50 PM
We used the divide and conquer strategy. I stood in line and the wife did grocery shopping at Mitsuwa. The line moved pretty quickly--15 minutes in line and 5 minutes for the drinks. First time having a Gyukuro Green Milk Tea, regular ice, level 3 with boba. Tasted great! Still love this place but wishing for mobile ordering.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on February 28, 2021, 10:19:08 PM
Line Report for Orobae @ 3:15pm on Sunday: 30+ people waiting in line... crazy

For milk tea?  Uhhh no thanks.

Have you tried the Rising Phoenix Level 4, Regular Ice, Double Tapioca?  It’s like a little part of the heavens open when I drink it.  But ya, I’d rather go on a weeknight when there’s only 5-10 people in front of me.

Sounds way too sweet for me, I'd probably start bouncing off the walls.  haha  I'll stick to my unsweetened green and black iced tea. :D

They also have a Rising Phoenix fresh Pulled (non-Milk) / Brewed Tea, not sweet and you can get it with Agar Pearls for less sugar.  Their teas are all fresh brewed and ingredients are good quality, you should definitely try it once.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on February 28, 2021, 10:54:37 PM
Line Report for Orobae @ 3:15pm on Sunday: 30+ people waiting in line... crazy

For milk tea?  Uhhh no thanks.

Have you tried the Rising Phoenix Level 4, Regular Ice, Double Tapioca?  It’s like a little part of the heavens open when I drink it.  But ya, I’d rather go on a weeknight when there’s only 5-10 people in front of me.

Sounds way too sweet for me, I'd probably start bouncing off the walls.  haha  I'll stick to my unsweetened green and black iced tea. :D

They also have a Rising Phoenix fresh Pulled (non-Milk) / Brewed Tea, not sweet and you can get it with Agar Pearls for less sugar.  Their teas are all fresh brewed and ingredients are good quality, you should definitely try it once.

Ok, I'll give it a try when I'm roaming around mid-week....I'm not waiting more than 5 minutes for a drink though.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: HMart on March 01, 2021, 11:17:13 PM
Similar strategy to Costco, show up midweek right before closing
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: hamilton on March 02, 2021, 12:26:54 AM
Similar strategy to Costco, show up midweek right before closing

Just went tonight at 8:30, closes at 9.  There was a line about 12 people deep... but moved pretty fast got my drink by like 8:45.   My first time trying it and can confirm the quality of the tea is very good compared to most run of the mill boba shops but if this is what the line looks like on a weeknight before closing I wouldn't even want to bother on a weekend.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on March 02, 2021, 12:34:17 AM
I have a feeling the cashiers are trained to be more chatty with the guests when the line is shorter.  The owners want a long line to keep the hype alive and build more ‘drive by’ traffic from those who are curious.

I have zero proof of this, but wouldn’t fault them for doing so as I think it works and most loyalists are fine to wait their 15-20min in line, myself included.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: iacrenter on March 02, 2021, 12:35:26 AM
Similar strategy to Costco, show up midweek right before closing

Just went tonight at 8:30, closes at 9.  There was a line about 12 people deep... but moved pretty fast got my drink by like 8:45.   My first time trying it and can confirm the quality of the tea is very good compared to most run of the mill boba shops but if this is what the line looks like on a weeknight before closing I wouldn't even want to bother on a weekend.

No way I can drink a Rising Phoenix at night and expect to sleep within 6 hrs. Those things are strong.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on March 02, 2021, 08:04:45 AM
Similar strategy to Costco, show up midweek right before closing

Just went tonight at 8:30, closes at 9.  There was a line about 12 people deep... but moved pretty fast got my drink by like 8:45.   My first time trying it and can confirm the quality of the tea is very good compared to most run of the mill boba shops but if this is what the line looks like on a weeknight before closing I wouldn't even want to bother on a weekend.

No way I can drink a Rising Phoenix at night and expect to sleep within 6 hrs. Those things are strong.

Maybe Hamilton needed to pull an allnighter for work or something.  haha
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: Innosint on March 02, 2021, 08:47:48 AM
Similar strategy to Costco, show up midweek right before closing

Just went tonight at 8:30, closes at 9.  There was a line about 12 people deep... but moved pretty fast got my drink by like 8:45.   My first time trying it and can confirm the quality of the tea is very good compared to most run of the mill boba shops but if this is what the line looks like on a weeknight before closing I wouldn't even want to bother on a weekend.

No way I can drink a Rising Phoenix at night and expect to sleep within 6 hrs. Those things are strong.

Maybe Hamilton needed to pull an allnighter for work or something.  haha

Caffeine has very little effect on me, soon, I will be walking distance to Orobae and Omomo, Milk Tea eveyr weekend!! (oh god.. i'm going to be even fatter)
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on March 02, 2021, 09:03:49 AM
Similar strategy to Costco, show up midweek right before closing

Just went tonight at 8:30, closes at 9.  There was a line about 12 people deep... but moved pretty fast got my drink by like 8:45.   My first time trying it and can confirm the quality of the tea is very good compared to most run of the mill boba shops but if this is what the line looks like on a weeknight before closing I wouldn't even want to bother on a weekend.

No way I can drink a Rising Phoenix at night and expect to sleep within 6 hrs. Those things are strong.

Maybe Hamilton needed to pull an allnighter for work or something.  haha

Caffeine has very little effect on me, soon, I will be walking distance to Orobae and Omomo, Milk Tea eveyr weekend!! (oh god.. i'm going to be even fatter)

Unsweatened green and black iced tea FTW!
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: eyephone on March 02, 2021, 09:33:00 AM
If you are overweight or if you have diabetes, you may want to limit your bubble tea cravings to an occasional treat because each cup of tea can contain as much as six teaspoons of sugar.

https://www.healthxchange.sg/food-nutrition/food-tips/bubble-tea-healthy-or-not

But what do I know?
Facts
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on March 02, 2021, 12:25:45 PM
If you are overweight or if you have diabetes, you may want to limit your bubble tea cravings to an occasional treat because each cup of tea can contain as much as six teaspoons of sugar.

https://www.healthxchange.sg/food-nutrition/food-tips/bubble-tea-healthy-or-not

But what do I know?
Facts

Just 6?  I'd think it'd be more like 16. I rather eat carbs/sugar than drink them.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on March 02, 2021, 01:27:10 PM
If you are overweight or if you have diabetes, you may want to limit your bubble tea cravings to an occasional treat because each cup of tea can contain as much as six teaspoons of sugar.

https://www.healthxchange.sg/food-nutrition/food-tips/bubble-tea-healthy-or-not

But what do I know?
Facts

That’s why I order my Rising Phoenix at Level 4 sweetness.  Saves like 60 calories at least!
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: eyephone on March 02, 2021, 01:42:12 PM
If you are overweight or if you have diabetes, you may want to limit your bubble tea cravings to an occasional treat because each cup of tea can contain as much as six teaspoons of sugar.

https://www.healthxchange.sg/food-nutrition/food-tips/bubble-tea-healthy-or-not

But what do I know?
Facts

Just 6?  I'd think it'd be more like 16. I rather eat carbs/sugar than drink them.

Yup or just eat fresh fruit. :)
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on March 02, 2021, 02:52:28 PM
If you are overweight or if you have diabetes, you may want to limit your bubble tea cravings to an occasional treat because each cup of tea can contain as much as six teaspoons of sugar.

https://www.healthxchange.sg/food-nutrition/food-tips/bubble-tea-healthy-or-not

But what do I know?
Facts

Just 6?  I'd think it'd be more like 16. I rather eat carbs/sugar than drink them.

Yup or just eat fresh fruit. :)

Yup, I love all types of berries, pineapple, banana, and oranges...best kind of dessert for me.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: eyephone on March 02, 2021, 04:11:28 PM
If you are overweight or if you have diabetes, you may want to limit your bubble tea cravings to an occasional treat because each cup of tea can contain as much as six teaspoons of sugar.

https://www.healthxchange.sg/food-nutrition/food-tips/bubble-tea-healthy-or-not

But what do I know?
Facts

Just 6?  I'd think it'd be more like 16. I rather eat carbs/sugar than drink them.

Yup or just eat fresh fruit. :)

Yup, I love all types of berries, pineapple, banana, and oranges...best kind of dessert for me.

Btw - Do you blend those fruits?
I find that when I make a blended fruit juice with kale. I do not need coffee. (Healthy tip? Idk)
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: hamilton on March 02, 2021, 04:37:51 PM
Similar strategy to Costco, show up midweek right before closing

Just went tonight at 8:30, closes at 9.  There was a line about 12 people deep... but moved pretty fast got my drink by like 8:45.   My first time trying it and can confirm the quality of the tea is very good compared to most run of the mill boba shops but if this is what the line looks like on a weeknight before closing I wouldn't even want to bother on a weekend.

No way I can drink a Rising Phoenix at night and expect to sleep within 6 hrs. Those things are strong.

lol wish i had read this before i decided to try this at night... but at least you can definitely tell its real tea from the tongue numbness.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on March 04, 2021, 03:12:23 PM
I have Rising Phoenix level 5 frequently and never have trouble falling asleep... and tongue numbness?  Sheesh.

I did hear the cashier say the other night that they are thinking of expanding their menu soon.  Forgot to tell her to add the xl size lol.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: irviniteeee on March 05, 2021, 11:07:16 PM
Am I the only one who orders Rising Phoenix Level 2? Haha. The Black Jade is good too. I actually tend to get that more than the Rising Phoenix.

Last week I was able to get mochi donuts from MoDo inside Mitsuwa and get a milk tea from Orobae in a grand total of 10-15 mins. I thought I was in the Twilight Zone.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on March 11, 2021, 05:39:01 PM
Anyone try HN Tea on Harvard?  Looks like they just opened a few weeks back and really good reviews so far.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: irviniteeee on March 12, 2021, 05:12:11 PM
Anyone try HN Tea on Harvard?  Looks like they just opened a few weeks back and really good reviews so far.

Haven't tried it yet, but I know the Tustin location is popular. They also have a new location on Alton and Technology near Costco.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on April 06, 2021, 09:23:47 PM
Tried the HN Tea by Costco, per the cashiers recommendation I got the Black Rock Tea Latte with boba.  Meh, it was ok but not unique, I think though they use real milk and not powder so that part was good.  Also tried a fruit tea with Aloe and it was just ok.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on April 17, 2021, 10:21:13 AM
Went to the new Tea Maru in Quail Hill yesterday.  Got the Okinawa with Sweet Potato boba, 75%.  Both the Tea and the Boba were seriously lacking flavor.  The boba had really good texture though, one of the best chewy textures I’ve had, but the flavor just wasn’t there.

I think this place is more known for their strawberry matcha cream drinks, I think they also have a mango.  Maybe I’ll go back and try those, but I’d steer clear of the milk teas here.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: lovingit on April 24, 2021, 11:39:34 PM
Went to the new Tea Maru in Quail Hill yesterday.  Got the Okinawa with Sweet Potato boba, 75%.  Both the Tea and the Boba were seriously lacking flavor.  The boba had really good texture though, one of the best chewy textures I’ve had, but the flavor just wasn’t there.

I think this place is more known for their strawberry matcha cream drinks, I think they also have a mango.  Maybe I’ll go back and try those, but I’d steer clear of the milk teas here.

I wanted to check out that place albeit the prices seem on the higher end even for Irvine.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: iacrenter on May 02, 2021, 04:35:42 PM
Line Report for Orobae @ 3:15pm on Sunday: 30+ people waiting in line... crazy

Sunday line update 4pm: 25+
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on June 17, 2021, 01:31:10 PM
I've been on an Omomo kick recently.  My go-to is the Creamomo Black Jade Milk Tea with Cheese Foam, 80% Reg Ice with Boba.

The ultimate would be a Creamomo Rising Phoenix L3 with Cheese Foam + Orabae Boba... will never happen, but one can dream.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: Cares on June 17, 2021, 03:03:10 PM
Was never a fan of cheese foam on boba. I tried it once and I don't get the craze.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on June 19, 2021, 04:46:22 PM
Was never a fan of cheese foam on boba. I tried it once and I don't get the craze.

Did you mix it before drinking?  It’s a bit much if you leave it all for the end but if you gently mix/shake the drink before you puncture the seal with your straw, it nicely distributes the creamy foam throughout the drink.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on November 12, 2021, 01:35:39 AM
Tried Tiger Sugar on Sand Canyon and Irvine Center.  I guess they are famous for their Brown Sugar Milk Tea but I’m typically not a fan so just got the “Tea Latte” which is apparently their version on Milk Tea.  It was ok but not my fave and not sure what all the hype is about.  I’d buy it again but probably won’t be craving it any time soon. 
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: sleepy5136 on November 12, 2021, 06:21:08 PM
Cloudy Co is the best for milk tea. I love how there are no lines for this place and all the hype is at omomo + orobae.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on November 12, 2021, 07:42:42 PM
Cloudy Co is the best for milk tea. I love how there are no lines for this place and all the hype is at omomo + orobae.

I like Cloudy Co also but try the Black Jade Milk Tea (50 or 75%) with cheese foam at Omomo.  That one is my fave.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: foodisgood on January 06, 2022, 10:24:34 PM
After months of driving by and giving up on orobae, finally tried it tonight. I got rising phoenix and gyokuro milk teas level 3 and no ice because it’s late and planning to drink it tomorrow. I took sips from both and wow is it sweet!! Can’t tell if I truly like it or the sugar. Have to drop to level 2 next time.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: zubs on January 08, 2022, 06:39:12 PM
What do you think about cheaping out by getting MAX sugar and adding water....cause u know you can have 2 cups instead of 1?..LOL
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: iacrenter on January 09, 2022, 10:49:57 AM
I went to Orobae during the recent storms hoping for no line. No chance. They still had 10 people huddled around the front door waiting in the rain.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: foodisgood on January 10, 2022, 08:23:49 PM
What do you think about cheaping out by getting MAX sugar and adding water....cause u know you can have 2 cups instead of 1?..LOL

LOL…but that’s just drinking more sugar not tea! I like when sugar enhances the tea taste not overpower.
I have to admit, orobae was good. I usually don’t have the patience to wait in line though so I don’t know when I’ll be able to have it next.

Does omomo have a wait?
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: sleepy5136 on January 13, 2022, 04:32:12 PM
soma tea recently opened. Milk tea isn't bad, but boba isn't as good as Cloudy Co.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on January 17, 2022, 01:21:21 AM
soma tea recently opened. Milk tea isn't bad, but boba isn't as good as Cloudy Co.

Tried it this weekend and really liked the signature milk tea, great tea flavor and boba was good texture.  I’ll def be back here.  Another plus was that 8 hours in the fridge and the boba was still chewy at night, usually they get hard in the fridge after 4 hours.

Anyway at Soma I had the Golden Milk Tea and Signature.  Signature was definitely better but want to try the lavender or chocolate banana next time.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: foodisgood on February 14, 2022, 11:31:40 PM
I had soma this past weekend. I got the signature milk tea. I liked it, I could taste the hong cha base and it really reminded me of a traditional Taiwanese milk tea. A sweet black tea, not like shops where the classic is assam or something.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: zovall on April 26, 2022, 09:34:45 PM
I’ve been enjoying the Metal Buddha Oolong at Orobae.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: iacrenter on April 26, 2022, 10:42:40 PM
I'm a fan of the Gyokuro Green Milk Tea. Still haven't tried a Metal Buddha.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: aquabliss on April 27, 2022, 12:27:13 AM
I like the Metal Buddha but keep going back to Rising Phoenix.  Also tried a new boba spot in Lake Forest this afternoon called "Mr. Wish", it's doing soft opening through Friday and everything is 25% off. 
https://www.yelp.com/biz/mr-wish-lake-forest

I got the Peach Sunset which was ok but won't be running back for it.  Also tried the classic black milk tea and nothing to write home about.  It was a weeknight but they were dead and the location isn't very good - I have a feeling they won't last long, owner was nice and friendly though. 
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: HMart on April 27, 2022, 01:37:17 PM
Tiger Sugar's specialty is my fav. It's weird, normally I don't like sweets.
Title: Re: Best Milk Tea in Irvine?
Post by: foodisgood on June 21, 2022, 10:49:42 AM
This time at orobae I had rising phoenix again and tried hokkaido metal buddha level 2. I forgot what I ordered last time but thanks to this thread I had my notes…lol. Still prefer rising phoenix best. Level 2 sweetness seems just about right but I could even drop to level 1 maybe.
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