Coming back from our vacation in Hawaii made us crave some Chinese food. Luckily, the day we were back, my husband’s friends wanted to go out and eat at Pearl Castle.

Pearl Castle is a consistent bubble tea cafe. And by consistent, I mean the food, drinks and service are consistently good.

Today I ordered the General Tao Chicken -which I seem to like to get a lot when I come here. I don’t know whether it’s the tender chicken, the sauce or the spiciness that I enjoy, but whatever it is – yum!

The chicken comes with a side plate of stewed vegetables, today it was bok choy, bean sprouts and tofu. It also comes with rice and a dessert (a two-bite brownie today).

Here are some other items that were ordered:

Spicy chicken – Brian ordered this and I have to say this had more flavour than my dish, but then again, I’m a big fan of spiciness, so perhaps that would explain why I enjoyed this dish than my own.

Seafood Hot Pot. I love how they serve hot pot in bubble tea cafes, with the little fire lit underneath!

Curry chicken. I like the set up, with the crispy chicken set aside so it stays crispy.

Beancurd and Mushrooms.


Pearl Castle seems like the “McDonalds” of bubble tea cafes to me, it’s got mass appeal and the food and drinks are pretty standard. However, this time around, I didn’t find the food as tasty or as appetizing.

The cafe is a bit squishy because it is always busy, but the set up is nice and clean.

I would think the value is average, most meals range from $7 and up, so it’s not a cheap deal neither is it an expensive place to eat.

We had to wave down the servers and I’d like to chalk it up to the fact that it was busy when we came, but there were about 2-3 of them standing around doing nothing.

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