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Crazy 8's at Destiny Tea & Cafe

Posted by Tanja / Posted on April 12, 2006

april1206_destiny1.jpgLast night, finding myself along the outer limits of Toronto (literally hovering around the "Welcome to Toronto" sign) I was, frankly, quite out of my element. In the land of single sidewalked roads and vast parking lots, what is one to do on a Tuesday night?

Destiny Tea Cafe & Lounge... that's what. Being the nearest spot open at such a late-night hour of 10:30pm, my 3 friends and I figured we'd go for some bubble tea.

Walking in, we realize the place is much bigger than it looked and styled like a wonderfully woodworked oldschool Chinese bar. Looking around at the tables, I realize it's actually a lot like an oldschool Italian bar back home -- all the folk are playing cards!

april1206_destiny2.jpgWe're seated, and after 20 minutes, we've deciphered the symbol-ized ordering system. I scribble down a series of numbers, a + sign, a couple * symbols, a 2 with a box around it and a few minutes later... 4 drinks and a couple of finger food dishes. Amazing.


Then, my buddy Paul grins and says, "Guess what I've got?".

I fight the urge to cheekily reply, "Herpes?" and thankfully he answers his own question by pulling a deck of cards out of his pocket.

What the heck he was carrying them around for, I have no idea, but now we really fit right in.

april1206_destiny4.jpgThe rest of the night is spent playing cards, chugging tapioca balls, and enjoying the friendly and ultra laid back space. Close to 2am, we pack it in, and head back to the core having had a taste of what an evening in suburban Chinatown can be.

We'll be back.


Destiny Tea & Cafe Lounge -- International Gourmet Street, Unit 115, 633 Silver Star Blvd. Scarborough. (416) 222-7799.



Amy / May 11, 2006 at 11:37 pm
If you liked Destinys, try Go 4 Tea, which is a higher end Destiny. I find the bubble tea at Destiny is very poorly made, compared to the quality at Go 4 Tea. Although a little more pricey, it's worth it!
Jennifer / September 30, 2007 at 06:44 am
i've always gone to destiny tea cafe and recommended it to all my friends. We would come from as far as mississauga jst to have a good time and enjoy the drinks and snacks. Today I ordered the mango dessert with crushed ice because it jst looked so delicious on the menu...however i was extremely disappointed to find only FIVE pieces of mango ontop of a SH!T LOAD of ice and mango goop! WTF is that??! I BASICALLY JUST PAID ABOUT $7 FOR MANGO-FLAVOURED ICE!!! And think how much money they're making using inexpensive food products...they can't even bother to make it properly and allow a customer to enjoy what they paid for...some people really live up to the sterotypes put against them. I am far angry than disappointed. I called the place immediately after i got home to tell them and i was told that there's 2 different mango orders, one having only 6 pieces, and the other having's unbelievable! I might as well have purchased the mango at a supermarket for about 4.99 a BOX, and make it myself, at least that way i would be more satisfied with the quality, taste and performance...FORGET DESTINY, I'M MOVING ON THE NEXT PLACE. I always bragged about how their quality and service made the drive worthwhile, AND I WAS WRONG...not to mention completely embarrassed!!! I'm not cheap, i will spend my money if i thought it was worth it, but it's just not worth it anymore!
Jennifer / September 30, 2007 at 06:48 am
If you liked Destinys, try Go 4 Tea, which is a higher end Destiny. I find the bubble tea at Destiny is very poorly made, compared to the quality at Go 4 Tea. Although a little more pricey, it's worth it!
Posted by: Amy at May 11, 2006 11:37 PM


Thanks, i agree, they don't make it as good as they used to, even their snacks. cheap quality for such a high price. I would like to try GO 4 TEA, can u tell me where it is?? Thanks a bunch!
J / December 8, 2008 at 02:40 am
Destiny is the dirtiest place i have ever been to, dirty dirty dirty and to top it off their service has been by far the worst i have ever gotten.

I ordered a small hot chocolate # 1207 and a free side order of two huge cockroaches. At first I took a couple of sips before the cockroaches surfaced, I just wanted to puke right there and then (two of the people I was with actually did puke). When I asked our server for the manager she not only gave me attitude but the manager was nowhere to be found. It seemed to be that even if the building burnt down to the ground they wouldn't know about it until the next day when they come in for work. Like come on what kind of business are they running here? At first, they offered us 13% off our bill, that means that I still had to pay for my cockroach infested hot chocolate, how ridiculous is that? We had a huge argument over it and they still wanted us to pay for part of the bill excluding the drinks. To top it off one of the people with me was feeling sick and the server told us that if he's feeling sick to bring him to the hospital, such great manners and care this server had. There is no way in hell i will ever go back to this place and I don't recommend this to anyone (unless you want a special surprise with your order). Let's just see if the manager will come through and actually contact me tomorrow.

Ryan / December 9, 2008 at 05:51 pm
Look at this facebook group!

and enjoy!;ref=ts#/group.php?gid=42811155282
christian / December 9, 2008 at 06:23 pm
"We'll be back."

o rly?
mike / December 9, 2008 at 06:54 pm
dont go to this place.
dirty place, cockroaches all over the place.
Tommy / December 10, 2008 at 05:38 am
There are cockroaches all over that store's kitchen.

Also, if you don't speak Cantonese they will pretty much treat you like crap until you get the hint and leave.
Jessica / December 10, 2008 at 10:42 pm
i went here once to have a drink with my friends...ehh...wasn't that great...
after I read about the cockroach story I am for sure never going back there...
M / December 11, 2008 at 05:38 am
called up my friends and decided to go here, but then one of my boys mentioned something about a cockroach in a drink, so we just went to starbucks instead.

is this cockroach story true?
Ds / December 15, 2008 at 09:06 pm
ya, i heard about it too, it is true. There is a facebook group on it.
TibZy / December 17, 2008 at 12:11 am
OMGZ, never will I go there after hearing about the cockroach story.
M. Hops. / December 17, 2008 at 03:55 pm
Went there last week and the service was absolutely dreadful. The waitresses were rude, and often times extremely hard to get a hold of. Also, I don't know how their other drinks (bubble teas?) typically fair, but the latte I tried was pretty bad. Overall terrible experience.
Jay / August 2, 2009 at 06:46 pm
Went there yesterday, had alot of fun, nice people, new renovation looks clean/comfortable, drinks were worth the money, had a great time!
Will / August 15, 2009 at 09:41 pm
Went there the first day after renovation and the service was terrible, infact what I had ordered was given to me "THREE TIMES"! It was irritating to keep saying "NO, I did not order this." Not to mention that stuff, I had ordered had never come... In the end, I saw humour in seeing the chaos the waiters and waitresses were going through, running around in some sort of panic and confusion...
Ben / February 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm
This place is the worst ever. Why do ppl go here? Ordered a plum tea hot, it was basically green tea with three f@*n dry plums in it. I tasted terrible. Did not touch it. Then when I asked for the bill, the waitress asked if I wanted to take it to go... hahaha. Unbelievable!!!
VV / June 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm
Worst Service You Could Ever Find. Arrived 6:50pm in a hot sunny evening (this restaurant is facing west and absorb all the heat you want) at the Richmond Hill location and was arranged to a cramped table with wooden seat by a waiter called Jeffrey/Geoffrey. Wanted to switch to a bigger table with sofas beside the window and was put to a window without shade. It was too sunny and my friend has skin irritation under sunlight and said want to sit a a bigger table with shade. Jeffrey/Geoffrey refused and when asked why other group of two were able to have those big table. His answer was they were there long enough! What the heck, this restaurant was half empty and told him the answer was unreasonable. Finally allowed us to sit down but he instructed another waitress to pull up the curtain where we were sitting. Do you think customers deserve that kind of service? We left right away and went to Go For Tea. Cooler (in terms of service and actual temperature). Salute to Jeffrey/Geoffrey (with my bottom) WILL NEVER, EVER BACK TO DESTINY AGAIN!!!!
PL / July 4, 2011 at 12:15 am
I'd have to agree with the comments regarding poor service at Destiny. The waiter/watress don't treat you with respect. I was there with two of my friends and we all ordered a cold drink. My order came in first by a waiter who acted like he hated his job and everyone around him and never made an atempt to acknowledge the customers existance. My drink was basically thrown at me. Talk about attitude, the employees have major issues. Can't say much about their food other than it's expensive and it comes in small portions. However I do like the decore, it is very modern. I did not see a table of people who was older than 40.

Bottom line: go to destiny if you want just want good decore, and is willing to consume above average food and beverages, but don't expect ANY service.
ADIDAS OUTLET CENTER / August 15, 2011 at 04:31 am
Also, IF YOU don't speak Cantonese they will pretty much treat you like crap until you get the hint and LEAVE.
laptops / January 5, 2012 at 03:28 am
thank you for helpful tips and simply good info
Rems / June 14, 2013 at 09:22 am
This was by far the worst restaurant experience that I have ever had! The service is slow and the staff are rude. Furthermore, they refused to split the bill for our party of 20 into more than 4 receipts. Beware, they will add a service charge of 12% to anything they can. I strongly recommend not eating here, they don't deserve the business.

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