Newly open on Robson Street is Prime’s Thai Tea, a Chinese brand which specializes in Thai-style milk teas. The brand was founded in 2015 and originated from Jianmen, Guangdong. Prime’s Thai Tea is one of the largest beverage brands in China with over 500 stores.
Prime’s Thai Tea opened up a location in White Rock last year and this new outpost at 1194 Robson Street is their second.
Prime’s Thai Tea Vancouver Menu
Prime’s Thai Tea Vancouver menu is divided into:
- Cheese and Tea (like Cheese Green Tea and Cheese Jade Matcha)
- Thai Tea Special Drink (like Mango Milk Foam and Black Sugar Cocoa Pearls)
- ZhiZhi Fruit Tea (like ZhiZhi Berry and ZhiZhi Kiwi)
- Prime’s Thai Tea (like Peach Gum Tremella Coconut Milk and Red Bean Pudding Milk Tea)
- Fresh Fruit Tea (like Strawberry Meets Guava and Queen Passion Fruit Tea)
- Fresh Fruit Bubble (like Peach Oolong Bubble and Lemon Butterfly Star)
The drinks are priced around $5- $7.
They also have a few snacks like Original or Chocolate Bubble Waffle (~$5) and Snowflake Crisps.
To see a larger photo of the menu, click here or download below.
Topping choices include Pearl, Red Bean, Red Glutinous Rice, Sago, Milk Cover, and Konjac.
One thing I found was that the menu was not as descriptive as I would like. Some drinks already contain toppings but it’s hard to tell which ones based on the names of the drinks.
The Vancouver location is small with a few dining tables along the window and some on the outside.
The plaza just outside Prime’s Thai Tea is car-free and has a few picnic tables for the public to enjoy.
What I Tried
I ordered three of their recommended drinks: Signature Thai Cake Milk Tea ($6.80), Signature Thai Coconut Milk Foam ($6.80) and Zhizhi Dragon Fruit ($7).
The Signature Thai Coconut Milk had delicious blend of mango puree, milk foam and konjac. This drink could not be customized for sweetness and ice levels.
The Zhizhi Dragonfruit had dragonfruit juice, dragonfruit puree, sago and a salted cheesecap. The dragonfruit flavour was on point and the sago were very good being soft and chewy. I liked the complex flavour profile of the drink being salty, sweet, cream and also fruity.
The Thai Cake Milk Tea definitely resembled a cake with a layer of whipped cream on top with an Oreo crumb base. It was a very pretty drink from the swirls of Thai tea and whipped cream.
I enjoyed the black tea flavour with the added creaminess from the whipped cream. The cookie bits went well with the drink combination. I ordered the drink without any sugar and ice and it was just right for me.
All the drinks came in a plastic drink jar with a lid that had an open slot for a straw. The store only offers plastic straws, but you can always bring your own reusable straw. I liked that they sealed the top with some plastic.
Customers might be paying a bit of premium for a sturdy drink container. I don’t mind as I have unfortunately dropped bubble teas before and had the container break and contents spilled out. Such flimsy plastic!
Here’s my receipt for reference.
The staff was noticeably in training mode as some of them donned “training” tags on their uniforms. Because the menu was not as descriptive as I would like, I asked the staff a few questions to which they seemed unclear on how to respond. If you have dietary restrictions (like to dairy), it might be an issue.
Overall Impression of Prime’s Thai Tea Vancouver
The drinks I tried from Prime’s Thai Tea were really good and we drank unitil the last drop (nothing wasted). They seemed to have a lot of interesting options so I’d love to go back and try more. Hopefully, the staff becomes more capable in describing the menu as the menu itself doesn’t do a really good job to detail what’s in it. Rating: 4/5
Prime’s Thai Tea Vancouver
1194 Robson St, Vancouver, BC