"Downright horrible!" some may proclaim, though a lack of vendors selling the heavily marked-up import product would sure save us regulars a boatload of calories and a great deal of cash (as many of these franchises are cash-only).
Easy Drink Easy Go quietly opened up it's first Mississauga location back in September of last year in the Fresco plaza on Hurontario. While I've taken note of this name on many North York excursions (1, 2, 3), I can't believe I've actually stepped in and ordered.
I suppose now the area has a bubble tea joint to call its own, as the next closest locations would be either CoCo at City Centre or Ever Fresh in Port Credit.
The interior was spacious and clean: the dining - er, drinking - area assumed a consistent green-and-white theme with incandescent lighting and small, colourful triangles pasted between promo posters; the bathroom, also spotless, was brightly-lit and featured pink butterfly decals. The environment was largely welcoming.
It is likely that the franchise owners had intended the space to be kid-friendly as well as student hangout-approved, as magazines and board games were abundant, but I'm uncertain whether this the crowd that they'll be anticipating.
To my dismay, the only fresh fruit that they had on hand were the strawberries and bananas used to concoct the hefty $6.00 fruit smoothie. Reminiscent of BR, the remainder of their extensive menu was crafted utilizing syrups and powders. Further disappointment was expressed when I was notified that their "matcha" powder was essentially an instant drink mix; it wasn't even second-rate Chinese green tea powder from T&T - it was next-level synthetic.
The Hong Kong Milk Tea was none of the things I had anticipated, though I should have known that this would be the case. It wasn't the lovely black tea and condensed milk creation from cha chan tengs (by heavens, no); it was a disgusting, overly milky flavour that I knew all too well: flavoured powder and the infamous Coffeemate creamer.
And the taro paste I had added 50 cents for? All one teaspoon's worth was barely discernible in the drink.
Needless to say, this was also the case with the Hokkaido Milk Tea, though the milk pudding did fare a tad better than the taro paste.