The café, located in the Centre-du-Québec, specializes in Japanese food and imported Asian products. It's a place where customers can go to play games on the Nintendo Switch, buy manga, eat onigiri and drink various teas, though bubble tea is the most popular.
The boba comes in four sizes: small, medium, large and mega with mega being the three-litre one that's bigger than your head.
To get a better idea of how big that is, think about it like this: When you're having a party and you buy a full-sized bottle of Coca-Cola at the grocery store, that's only two litres.
At Nakama-Thé, you can pick one flavour for the small size. Medium gets you up to two flavours that you can layer and large gets you three flavour options. You can choose up to six flavours for the mega size if you're buying it in-store.
Prices for bubble teas start at $4.25, but the mega size will set you back $30.
Flavours include taro, coconut, passion fruit, durian and caramel pudding.
If reading this convinces you to hit the road and pick up a mega bubble tea, then congratulations because you're a true boba fan. Now, let's see if you can finish the whole thing!
Price: From $4.25 - $30 per bubble tea, depending on the size
Cuisine: Japanese snacks & drinks
Address: 180 rue Brock, Drummondville, QC
Why You Need To Go: True boba fans can put their love to the test by taking a day trip to Drummondville and basking in the joy of three whole litres of bubble tea. The bigger the better!
To celebrate its new location in the Old Port of Montreal, One Babo is serving up $2 bubble teas all day Saturday starting at 12 p.m., as long as you follow its Instagram page. The first 50 people will actually get their boba totally free.
One Babo, formerly called One More Thé, has another location on Chemin Queen Mary in Côte-des-Neiges. This is its second time opening in the Old Port after the previous location had to close last year due to COVID-19.
"This year, we were lucky to be able to open once more in our favourite place in Montreal, but in a different spot," said Karen Chen, One Babo's external coordinator.
Chen described One Babo as an international expansion of a Taiwanese boba chain.
"We specialize in authentic Taiwanese boba drinks with an innovative twist, with unique flavours and toppings for everybody to enjoy," Chen said.
Here's what you can expect to find on the menu on July 3:
Classic One Babo Milk Tea
Jasmine Tea Jelly Lemonade
Black Iced Tea with Boba
Violet Crystal (Yakult®)
Grapefruit Green Tea
Pouchong Rice Honey Tea with Boba
The drinks will be served in "regular fat cups," according to Chen, and they will all include a topping!
$2 Bubble Tea at One Babo
When: Saturday, July 3, from noon to 9 p.m.
Address: One Babo (previously known as One More Thé), 3, rue de la Commune O., Old Port of Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Taiwanese bubble tea in fat cups for $2 or possibly even free — this is a boba lover's dream.
For starters, it tastes like bubble tea and is topped with actual black sugar boba bubbles. The owner, Daisy Yuan, used to have a bubble tea shop near Places-des-Arts called Coin Bleury. When it closed due to the pandemic, she said she turned her attention to baking.
"I love bubble tea and lighter cakes like chiffon. It's not easy to find this kind of style in Montreal so I might as well start baking," Yuan told MTL Blog.
This particular cake is made with Earl Grey chiffon, a layer of Assam milk tea panna cotta, Earl Grey crème chantilly and a dash of black sugar syrup, Yuan said.
Then there's the tsunami aspect. As you unwrap your cake, it overflows like a waterfall, allowing the creamy toppings to cover the entirety of the cake.
Lastly, Ri Yue offers 4-inch bento cakes made for one to two people, which makes sense considering "bento" is a Japanese lunch box. The bento aspect may just be the best part because it means you can eat a whole damn cake to yourself.
A bento boba tsunami cake costs $10.99. For a full list of Ri Yue's baked offerings, check out its website.