My sister Helen said that I use way too many exclamation marks in my posts. What can I say, I’m always excited about food. She also advised me to add an overall verdict for “the lazy readers”, including her. I’ve decided to base my ratings on porridge… see Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Happy food trails!
The porridge is: Lukewarm. Drinks are not bad with decent prices. Decor could use some improvement. Will be back to try their mini hot-pot selections!
Helen and I were craving some bubble tea after visiting the Calgary Farmer’s Market yesterday and my boyfriend Richerd piped up with “Hot Point is the new bubble tea place.” So off we went. I’m glad we just went or else we might have been scared off by the urbanspoon rating. (Helen considers anything less than 70% intimidating…)
The ambience was similar to Bubblemania with dim lighting and lots of Ikea furniture. There was lots of seating but not many comfortable chairs to lounge in. I felt like I was eating in a very dark cafeteria.
One thing I really liked about the decor was the picture frames on the wall. They seemed to make up a story and were very Tim Burtonesque. I could easily write a creepy short story inspired by these pictures.
Taiwanese Fried Chicken $3.30
This was part of their 3.30 menu which ironically starts at 2:30 pm. (They also have a tea time menu in the afternoon which ends at 5pm.) This didn’t taste like Taiwanese fried chicken. It didn’t even have basil leaves! The seasoning was also off… tasted like Chinese star anise. Helen’s thoughts? “It’s not even crispy!” As a small bowl of fried chicken, it was all right, but as Taiwanese fried chicken… look elsewhere.
Taro Milk Tea and Signature Milk Tea with Pearls $3.50 + $ 0.50 for pearls
Helen got the taro milk tea while I got the signature milk tea. As a personal rule of thumb, a good bubble tea place should always have good plain milk tea. The whipped cream and rainbow chocolate sprinkles were cute but it was a bit weird having candy in my milk tea.
You have the option of getting half the amount of sugar/sweetness. Trust me, DO IT. These were both with half the sweetness but tasted just like normal milk tea. I can’t imagine how sweet they would be normally! The milk tea was creamy and delicious but got a bit sickeningly sweet towards the bottom. Next time I may have to go for a QUARTER of the sweetness…
Helen was pretty satisfied with her drink.
Watermelon Fruit Slush $5.50 + $ 0.50 for pearls
Richerd’s thoughts on this one? “Ehh” with a wave of his hand. I tried a little bit and didn’t find it that great either. You could tell this was half the sweetness and it wasn’t very good. I don’t recommend checking the 1/2 sugar option when ordering fruit slushes.
And to finish, here’s another bear picture just for kicks.
Hot Point Fusion Cafe (on Macleod Trail)
4340 Macleod Trail SW