Spring is finally upon us and hibernation season has come to an end. What that means for myself and Jes is we can finally get out of bed without staying under the covers for hours and actually make use of our morning – which usually involves weekend brunch. I actually only found out about Té a couple of weeks ago when I was looking through Instagram stories and stumbled upon a glorious picture of their Chai Milk Té. The alcoholic in me stared at the words bubble tea cocktail, and by the next heartbeat, we made a brunch reservation.
As soon as we sat down, I ordered what made me want to come here in the first place, their Chai Milk Té. According to their menu, the ingredients include vodka, amaretto, vanilla chai, cream, cinnamon stick, and mini tapioca pearls. Realistically, that combination of flavours should work well with each other to create a delicious bubble tea inspired cocktail. I think what made me disappointed wasn’t so much the (lack of) alcohol ratios, but more so lack of a chai flavour profile. For those who have not been exposed to chai, it is generally a black tea brewed with many fragrant herbs and spices – such as cardamom pods, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, etc. What I ended up drinking was a slightly alcoholic brown-coloured water with a floating cinnamon stick and a couple of tapioca pearls added in. Despite the rough start, it wouldn’t be brunch unless we actually fill up our stomaches with real food.
When it comes to brunch, I feel like I am in the minority when it comes to ordering food. Typically on Instagram and food blogs, brunch pictures involve eggs benedict or some really fancy looking pancakes. Us on the other hand, we order and share what sounds the most greasy and unhealthy on the menu, in this case, their Dark-Spiced Taiwanese Fried Chicken and Egg Waffle and Bulgogi Burger with French Fries. Long story short, chicken was moist and seasoned beautifully, egg waffles were crispy on the outside, warm and fluffy on the inside, and balanced very well with maple syrup. Personally, I think their Bulgogi Burger was definitely the highlight of this meal. There is just something so satisfying about burger-shaped food where we eat with our hands and make a mess. I mean at the end of the day, what is there to not like about bulgogi, a runny fried egg, wasabi mayo, and friend onions squished between sesame buns?
All in all, I would say Té executed their Asian-inspired brunch pretty well. The biggest disappointment was their cocktail, it has so much potential to be a top-seller if they improve on getting the correct flavour profile. Would I come back for brunch? Probably, but I would take my day-drinking elsewhere.