Located at 4929 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 2E5, OneZo Tapioca opened their doors last September to many eager customers. With currently only one location in Western Canada, OneZo has showcased their drinks to a new demographic that has long awaited their arrival.
When we arrived, we noticed the very long line outside the door and were nervous we would have to wait for a long time. Thankfully, the staff were quick and efficient and the line was moving speedily. The inside of the shop was pretty small and definitely added to the image of a busy shop.
There were tables in a small section and a ledge along the wall, but probably not a place to stay and hang out, unless you are fortunate enough to snag a table.
As seen above, they have a vast menu with many different selections. Although difficult, we did narrow it down to four choices, including their specialties*:
Taro Milk tea with Purple Tapioca
OneZo Grapefruit Green Tea
Brown Sugar Dirty Matcha Latte*
Brown Sugar Dirty Milk*
We got a variety of drinks and were very excited to give them a try.
The Taro Milk tea was a classic. The expected goodness of any taro beverage along with the twist of purple tapioca. We have never seen purple tapioca before and were enticed to try it. Although not adding much in the flavour department, it definitely added to the aesthetic of the drink!
The two fan favourites; Brown Sugar Dirty Matcha Latte and Brown Sugar Dirty Milk Tea definitely lived up to the hype for us. The milk in both drinks was light and refreshing with a hint of sweetness. The real treat was the pearls and truly the show stealer of the drink. They were soft and added so much flavour. Those pearls could be added to any plain milk tea and transform it into something special.
The OneZo Grapefruit Tea, on the other hand, seemed to be disappointing. This is a great drink for vegans or non dairy lovers, since OneZo has no alternative milk options. Although it can be seen as a good summer drink, the taste was bitter and did not leave a lasting impression. On the bright side, the pearls were soft and chewy, adding another dimension to the drink.
Overall, our experience at OneZo Tapioca was pretty fun. Besides the crazy line, it is definitely a place to try! We will 100% be going back for their fan favourites and try out different drinks!