Monday, March 14, 2011
Coffee Bubble Tea At Ichiban Cafe in Columbia
Now, you can have both at Ichiban Cafe.
Ichiban serves up bubble tea along with a broad menu of Japanese food and sushi. Mrs. HowChow tested the place last year with a jasmine bubble tea, but we went back with a need for refreshment -- and a mid-shopping trip pick-me-up.
Bubble tea -- or boba tea -- is basically a soft drink with tapioca pearls. Places like Ichiban and La Boulangarie or Bon Appetit Bakery in Ellicott City serve varieties often flavored with fruit and tea. You get an oversized straw so that you can suck up the iced tea and the soft, chewy pearls.
At Ichiban, I got a coffee bubble tea. Real coffee iced down, then tricked out into a Taiwanese treat. Good flavor, fun with the tapioca, just enough caffeine to get me through the end of our errands. If I remember right, they had a mocha version as well. That's an alternative to a soda if you're doing errands in the summer heat around Dobbin Road.
6250 Columbia Crossing Circle
Columbia, MD 21045
NEAR: Ichiban is in the Columbia Crossing shopping center with Target. This is off Rte 175 at Dobbin Road. It is near the Joseph A. Banks and across from the Dick's sporting goods.