Around the Lower Mainland, a gazillion Bubble Tea places are sprinkled neatly in residential districts, shopping centres, and strip malls. Many of them, like Tri-ty Café, serve food as well; these are known as Taiwanese style restaurants. I’ve been told by my source that the dishes served at these places are typically street foods in Taiwan, which is one of the things Taiwan is famous for.
The outside of the restaurant is unremarkable, it gets lost in the plaza. Even after you step inside, it doesn’t quite distinguish itself from the other bubble tea places I’ve seen. This isn’t necessarily a bad for me; I like the girl-next-door type restaurants, and girls, but they do have to taste good going down, the restaurants that is.
Tri-ty Café has a big menu for a little place. The food varies from hotpots, noodle soups, rice dishes, to tapas. The ordering system is similar to an AYCE hotpot place: all you have to do is check off the stuff you want on the menu, and hand it over to the server.
What went in
The Passion Fruit Calpis was my drink of choice. It was tangy and not too sweet. The LED ice cube they put in got a thumb up from me. I swear it tasted better glowing blue.
Food wise I opted for the traditional Tomato Beef Noodle Soup. As I have mentioned in my first review, I’m a big fan of beef tendon; this soup had plenty of it, as well as tender and juicy braised beef. My only beef with this soup (Haha get it? Yes I’m hilarious) was that the tomatoes were canned and not fresh. Ever since I was a kid I’ve been a sucker for canned tomatoes, but somehow getting them at a restaurant just didn’t feel right.
My friends and I also shared a couple small dishes: Deep Fried Squid Tentacles and Marinated Pork Intestine. The squid was done just a bit tough, but the batter was crispy and nicely spiced. It was my first time having pork intestine, and I liked it. The texture was interesting—soft and just a bit chewy; it reminded me of deep fried bean curd. It tasted light and savoury, not at all objectionable. As long as you can get past the texture, I’m sure you will enjoy it too.
What came out
The cost was reasonable, if slightly high for this type of establishment. After taxes and tips, it worked out to be just under $20 a person. But that included drinks, as well as 1/3 of the two specialty dishes.
There’s nothing really worth mentioning under this department. Service was quick and efficient, what you would expect from a place like this.
Although Tri-ty Café isn’t a “must try”, I wouldn’t mind eating here again if I’m in the neighbourhood. The food is better than the average Bubble Tea place, and you will also get glowing ice cubes!
130-8100 Ackroyd Road
(Max Score: 10; Base Score: 5)
What went in (+/-2, 0) = 1
What came out (+/-1, 0) = 0
Service (+/-1, 0) = 0
Mr.’s Bonus (+/-1, 0) = 1 (yes this is because of the ice cubes)
Total Score – 7/10