This could be our favourite bubble tea in KL: Chicha San Chen is a two-decade-old Taiwanese brand that has found a foothold in recent years in Southeast Asia, particularly Singapore – it now embarks into KL with its first branch in Pavilion, serving up tea that truly kept us returning for more.
We initially ordered three servings, then came back to the counter for another two, before finishing the night with one more.
The trick is in the tea, each freshly brewed to order, one cup at a time, with patented high-tech precision of temperature to bring out the best in flavour and fragrance, relying on Chicha San Chen’s naturally cultivated, own-harvested leaves from Taiwanese mountain farmlands.
Plenty of customisation choices are offered, but the two ideal introductions are the basic Black Tea with boba and cream (RM15.90) and Dong Ding Oolong tea latte with milk (RM14.40), which both taste beautifully nuanced, their lush aromatics flowing through every soothing sip – befitting of a full-fledged purveyor of tea, not merely a boba brand.
Other options like Cassia Black Tea with a milky mousse (RM14.40), High Mountain Pouchong Tea with lemon juice (RM12.90) and Osmanthus Oolong with mango (RM12.90) are also confidently calibrated. Service sparkles with warmth and enthusiasm.
Chicha San Chen
6.01.01, Level 6, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 10am-10pm.