Labothery Toronto

Labothery

Labothery is a make your own bubble tea shop, the first of its kind in Toronto. A step-by-step process allows tea fanatics to select from fresh tea and milk tea bases with colourful flavour options like durian, raspberry, rose, blueberry, taro, lychee and many more.

The name has the French word for tea in the middle, hence it’s pronounced “la-bo-tay-ree.”

Labothery Toronto

The store has distinct laboratory-themed branding with stainless steel and white walls throughout, tea ingredients presented in vials and syringes.

Labothery Toronto

Staff even wear long white lab coats.

Labothery Toronto

A helpful mural by Angela Chung explains the steps gone through in order to create custom bubble teas.

Labothery Toronto

Decide whether you want a milk tea, fresh tea or slush base ($3.25), add additional syrup syringe or powder test tube flavourings for $1, then optionally add milks or toppings for 50 cents.

Labothery Toronto

What the diagram doesn’t really explain is that for milk or fresh teas, you also choose a black, green or oolong tea base first, samovars behind the counter.

Labothery Toronto

The place operates cafeteria style, customers choosing ingredients for their tea and placing them on trays they slide along steel rails. Once you’ve made all your selections, pay and the bubble tea “lab technicians” do the rest of the work for you.

Labothery Toronto

One thing that should be noted is that although you’re technically allowed to combine any ingredients you desire, the techs express that some matches are not ideal.

Labothery Toronto

They’re down to help you right from the beginning of your bubble tea journey though, assisting in accompaniments for an initial base flavour preference.

Labothery Toronto

We go for a bold oolong base for one tea, layering rose and red grapefruit syrup syringes atop popping kiwi pearls. The pearls are sweet and the rose is floral, but bitterness from the oolong and grapefruit flavours balances that out.

Labothery Toronto

Mango and peach make for a sweeter combination, with both popping yogurt pearls and tapioca.

Labothery Toronto

While some might confuse the two, the popping pearls are flavourful and burst in your mouth almost instantly, while the tapioca is richer and way more chewy.

Labothery Toronto

Rose and lychee syrup are blended with ice for a slush, with aloe vera, passion fruit jelly and passion fruit pearls on the bottom. It’s a very fruity mix with a lot of texture and more distinct layers than other drinks.

Labothery Toronto

For a milk tea we go with classic Asian flavour combinations, sesame and matcha milk powders (blended with tea then shaken with ice) with red bean, tapioca and some soy milk ($1) and maple syrup (25 cents) for a creamy, sweet and savoury bubble tea.

Labothery Toronto

The idea has potential for locations across Canada, though this is the initial one to open.

Labothery Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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