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some boba for dessert, so he and I stopped at 7 Leaves Cafe in the Garden Grove section of Little Saigon. Boy, I am glad that "C" had the craving because 7 Leaves turned out to be a real find!
7 Leaves Cafe is a new coffee/tea/boba house located on the south side of Westminster Avenue one block west of Brookhurst Street in Garden Grove. As "C" and I searched for it, it proved to be difficult to spot. The reason for this was the sign for the cafe wasn't lit like some of the its neighbors' signs and the sign was colored a dark shade of red - hard to see in the dark. These two shortcomings kept the store hidden from street view. (7 Leaves is next door to a mom-and-pop liquor store, whose yellow sign you can readily identify.) We obviously found 7 Leaves eventually or else I wouldn't be writing this article.
What I ate:
"C" and I each had a cup of the ...
Mung Bean Milk Tea with Boba (2.75 USD plus a few more cents for the boba): Jasmine tea with mung bean and pandan leaves. Wow. WOW. WOW! This milk tea was so tasty for several reasons. First, there was the top-notch boba: it had just the right amount of chew. Next, there was a hot and cold temperature contrast in the cup between the hot boba and nugget ice. Now these were stellar qualities but what really hit the ball out of the park was the combination of the pleasant flavor intensity of the pandan and the milkiness of the puréed mung bean. In short, this milk tea was a true work of art. The attention to detail was especially apparent in the type of ice used: nugget ice. (Follow this link to learn more about nugget ice.) I asked one of the employees behind the service counter about their products and she confirmed that everything was made on premises from scratch and that no artificial ingredients were tolerated. It certainly showed.
Service was friendly and orders were prepared in a snap.
If I wasn't so full from Boiling Crab, I would've liberally ordered more from their drink menu. 7 Leaves Cafe also sells macarons!
As if the top-shelf boba wasn't enough, 7 Leaves Cafe had a basket of free dark chocolate Hershey's Kisses for customers in honor of St. Valentine's Day, which just further demonstrated to me that they have excellent taste at 7 Leaves.
It's too bad that there isn't space for more than two tables in the store. If this place becomes really popular - as it should - there won't be any place to sit down and relax.
"C" and I also perused the teas for sale:
The passion fruit green tea was exceptional. Consequently, "C" purchased a tin. The teas aren't mixed in house; however, I imagine they must be reliably sourced to maintain a high degree of quality.
Parking: There is a parking lot in front of the store with a limited number of spaces.
The Bill: 6.74 USD for two Mung Bean Milk Teas with Boba. What an unbelievable price for such a high quality product.
My Rating: out of four stars (excellent). Make tracks and try the boba here: three stars is serious business on Woo!Food. Open Sunday to Thursday, 8 AM to 9 PM, and Friday and Saturday, 8 AM to 10 PM. CASH ONLY. www.7leavescafe.com
Last Word: What excuse can I find to drive to Little Saigon for more 7 Leaves boba?
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