I first stopped at Chinatown, a district that has never witnessed a shortage of bubble tea joints. Arriving after 3 PM meant the availability of Cactus Tapioca, so I headed to the spot that I hadn't frequented for quite some time. (Of course, I had to have forgotten my stamp cards at home...)
The pricing system and loyalty program have been altered such that customers are paying even more than before, but with fewer rewards even swearing loyalty. What's more is that drink quality has plummeted significantly - terrible to the point where nausea and stomach sickness were experienced after only one-third of the cup had been consumed.
Purchasing a large-sized Caramel Oolong Latte had been an awfully uninformed decision, and I ultimately tossed the seven-dollar atrocity into the trash to prevent further unpleasantness.
Fune was located in close proximity to Roy Thomson and the largely familiar King/John intersection, yet I had never batted an eyelash while striding past in the past (unintentional homograph usage).
Once seated, we were informed that items could be plucked from the boats as they were traversing along their passageway, and that we would be charged according to the colour of the plate. Unlike Hana, our seats were devoid of a printout that listed these rates. Instead, a series of labelled plates floating atop the waterway informed customers of the associated prices.
Alternatively, customers could also order from the given menu; this was a great option for those craving hot plates such as udon or donburi.
The scallop nigiri, in particular, wasn't half bad. Though, the slightly bitter aftertaste was an indication of inadequacy (whether it be in terms of freshness, quality, or handling techniques). Conclusively speaking, inconsistency surfaced periodically; still, it remained far better than AYCE (and Hana).
Adopting a "fune" (boat in Japanese) concept is interesting, however it entails steep prices reflective of its coordinates in the Entertainment District. The novelty of it all guarantees a fun experience. That said, be mindful that taste and value may not necessarily live up to expectations.