I love the way bubble tea gets everyone animated, excited, and talking. There’s the ubiquitous “with or without tapioca?” question (or debate depending on how passionate you feel about this issue) and hundreds of different flavours and combinations to consider and try if you’re ambitious. Everyone has a bubble tea story whether it’s a story about their first time trying it (and developing that love or hate relationship early on), going out with friends on countless bubble tea dates, or nearly choking on a tapioca or boba pearl from slurping too fast. Whatever the story is, bubble tea has played a part in many of our social lives for at least the past ten years. During high school my friends and I would even use bubble tea straws and lid domes for art projects! I can’t pinpoint the exact moment the bubble tea explosion happened but what I can tell you is that I’ve been slurping up a storm for years now at beautiful tea houses like Ten Ren’s.
And have I ever enjoyed myself thoroughly here! Over the years I’ve had rice and noodles, crispy fish fillets, a beautiful tea pot of blooming chrysanthemum tea, giant glasses of slushes and fruity bubble teas, and many dishes of dessert! I am especially gaga for their little mousse cakes and freeze cakes and I’ll even be so bold to say that these are my favourite items at Ten Ren’s. I’ve had 3 flavours of their little dishes of cakes and I am always wanting more. They’re so cute and they’re yummy to boot with different layers of texture and flavour to them. I’ve had their mocha freeze, mango mousse, and their strawberry green tea mousse cakes and I’ve loved all 3 of them. Their freeze cakes are similar to ice cream cake and their mousse cakes are exactly that, cubes of whipped creamy mousse that are airy, super soft, and that are almost like meringue in taste and texture at times. Even if I don’t end up ordering any during my visit, I always look forward to the prospect of having these in my mouth and tummy.
Ten Ren’s Tea Time is one of my favourite places in Markham and I feel so incredibly lucky that the only dine-in, sit-down tea house location is in Markham. Ten Ren’s has a number of locations around Markham and Toronto, but most of them are shops that either just make and serve bubble tea to go, or shops that have both bubble tea booths and a retail section of tea sets, accessories, and take-home tea. I’ve been going to Ten Ren’s for years and I feel almost spoiled because of its accessibility. I’ve literally hopped on the bus to and from school to meet up with friends for a tea and lunch date because the bus literally drops me off right outside their doorstep.
Ten Ren’s is a staple in my foodie book. The tea house is gorgeous, the menu is so extensive it makes me dizzy with indecisiveness, and I am just in love with the atmosphere and desserts. I have a nice big, pretty post for you all tomorrow, so enjoy the teaser photos in the meantime!
Ten Ren’s Tea Time is located at 111 Times Ave. in Richmond Hill, Markham. Ten Ren’s sits at the corner of Hwy 7. East and Times Ave/Valleymede Drive (Times Ave is the southern portion of the street and Valleymede is to the north of Hwy. 7). They are open for lunch at 11am 7 days a week and they stay open into the wee hours of the morning (1am-3am). For more info, click here.