Review: Mr. Tea (Las Vegas, NV)

In search of another boba place in Vegas that was highly rated and wasn’t a chain (sorry, Kung Fu Tea), we browsed Yelp and came across Mr. Tea. Aside from the pretty awesome name, it had great and plentiful reviews on Yelp. It also had egg waffles, which we love – so it was time to pay it a visit.

It currently has ~400 reviews on Yelp and enjoys a 4.5 star rating, which is pretty awesome for a boba place. Google similarly reviews it at a 4.8.

The Shop

  • Location – is the area nice? Where is the shop?
I stole this from Google Maps because I was dumb and forgot to take a pic

Mr. Tea is located in the southwestern quadrant of Las Vegas, inside the beltway (sorry if this is the wrong terminology, I am not a native). It’s not the best area, honestly. The store is on a corner in one of the ever-present Vegas strip malls. The shopping center is a bit run down, and there was a homeless dude sleeping outside the shop. This definitely isn’t their fault, but still just something to keep in mind.

  • Ambiance – how does the shop feel inside? Is it quiet or lively? How crowded is it?
The inside of the shop
A little display

The shop was pretty quiet when we came in, though there was a pretty steady flow of people throughout. The clientele seemed diverse and included some obvious boba newbies. There was a decent amount of seating – 4 or 5 tables and a few other chairs around. They did offer Wi-Fi, so this seemed to be a good study spot.

  • Friendliness – are the staff polite and helpful?

There were two people working, and the girl who took our order was really friendly and cheerful. I asked her later after getting our order if the tea was milk-based or non-dairy creamer, and she answered readily and knowledgably.

  • Other information – does the shop have a credit card minimum or other payment considerations?

I didn’t notice any other payment considerations. They do have desserts here – ice cream rolls and egg waffles. They also have light bulb cups if you’re into that.

Drink Ratings

The drink at Mr. Tea

We ordered the Classic Milk Tea with 75% sugar at the cashier’s recommendation. Note that this drink does contain milk.

  • Texture – is the drink thicker or thinner? How does it feel in the mouth?

I thought the drink had a good texture. It was a little more thick than thin, which was good. It didn’t leave much residue on the side of the cup. It was about the consistency of milk.

  • Flavor – is the drink more milk forward or tea forward? Is there a good balance? Is it a powder-based drink? Any interesting flavor notes?

The drink tasted more milk-forward than some other drinks. While you could definitely taste a little tea, it was pretty subtle and not that noticeable. The drink didn’t taste powdered. It was certainly on the lighter side flavor-wise, and didn’t feel super heavy when drinking. It was a good flavor, although nothing all that unique or interesting.

  • Boba quality – what size are the boba? Are they well-cooked? How chewy are they? Are they flavored with honey or any other sweeteners? Is the flavor good?

The boba in this drink were large and chewy. They were a little on the softer side. Unfortunately, they didn’t have much flavor, but they were well-cooked and I didn’t encounter any hard ones. They were good overall, but nothing exceptional for sure.

  • Drink-to-boba ratio – is there enough boba for the size of the drink?

We felt that there was a good amount of boba for the size of the drink. We had a few left over when we finished. The ice level was also good.

  • Appearance – is the drink nice looking? How is the packaging?

The packaging was a standard boba cup with a sticker for the shop on it. The cup looked and felt nice, and sturdy as well. As seems to be a trend in Las Vegas, the shop used a removable lid with a large hole in the center for the straw.

Conclusion

I thought Mr. Tea was a nice and above-average local boba spot. The egg waffle we had, while not part of the official “review”, was really tasty (although the eggs were filled, not hollow, as you often find at other places). The tea was tasty and the boba were competently made, which is really one of the true indicators of a local shop’s quality. I would say that this is a solid boba option in the Vegas area, and maybe a better choice than others if you’re looking for a quiet spot to study with some above-average drinks.

Overall Grade: A-

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