Expanding on my previous post, Hazel Tea & Dessert is a bubble tea and snack shop with a sleek, serene design in full compliance with accessibility standards. Along with spacious, orderly bathrooms, an abundance of seating and outlets (offered both in USB and plug forms), and a stable, password-secured Wi-Fi connection, the independent establishment has also advanced its decor by adding a 1960s-esque light-up sign, a black grid-like structure upon which the sign rests, and two framed specimens containing 2D floral elements.
The overall hip-ness of the interior was immediately amplified.
The cafe was definitely busier in comparison to the beginning of the academic year, which can only mean that its popularity has risen via word-of-mouth over the past few weeks.
Spotted on the countertop was a tall, vividly yellow slush lined with a bottom layer of lychee jelly. Its taste proved to be as profound as its appearance, consisting of a refreshing fruity blend whose flavour was undeterred by the heavy amount of ice contained within. Rather than being overly sweet, the drink tasted strongly of yogurt, much to my delight.
"A Brownie Thing" and "Ferrero Rocher" were deemed too sugary for our taste buds, and "Strawberry Lover" too basic. "Very Matcha" seemed to be the most fitting option with its included toppings of red bean, cheesecake bites, and green tea ice cream. Additional toppings could also be chosen, though only the three aforementioned elements were included in the extravagant base price of $8.75.
She punched in our waffle order, slided a number sign to us, and later delivered the chocolate syrup-covered creation to our table. The aroma was far less intense than that of the other customers'; the result was also less crispy than I had pictured - possibly an indication that the newcomer had not provided enough time for the waffle to cook uniformly.
Nonetheless, we enjoyed the dessert to a great degree of satisfaction. While not particularly crispy, it was tasty.
When taking price into consideration, however, it's unlikely that I will attempt their Buttermilk Waffles a second time should I not be sharing the sugar-high with at least one other person.
With that said, Hazel is easily one of my top spots to accomplish assignments effectively (and engage in GOT7-related activities with a peace of mind). Its casual, comfortable atmosphere, mellow music, and clean tables render it lightyears more superior than dingy campus libraries. My one suggestion: to turn down the A/C, specifically for my preferred corner table.