Lambie Bubble Tea is one of the ubiquitous restaurants along the First Markham Place outdoor mall strip. There’s so many restaurants that reside on the perimeter that I still don’t know what exact restaurants and cuisines are available — I haven’t tried everything yet! It is such a popular mall along Highway 7 and Woodbine that most people know where it is.
Unbeknownst to me, Lambie Bubble Tea is a Taiwanese restaurant that also is like a bubble tea hang out place for individuals to play board games and hang out. My friend Dominic brought me here and I was surprised to see such a little cozy niche of a spot that I had never heard about. Apparently it’s been here in the mall for several years too.
Lambie serves Taiwanese food and drinks. Naturally, there’s a lot of classic Taiwanese dishes like minced pork with rice, beef noodles, and snacks. They also serve bubble tea and papaya milk!
I ended up choosing these two classic Taiwanese items: the minced pork with rice and a small papaya milk. I had been to Taiwan before and had some truly amazing and fresh papaya milk at a mall and a second one at one of the many night markets there. The papaya milk here at Lambie’s was quite good; it was fresh but I thought it was too creamy. You still can’t beat the ones in Taiwan.
I liked the minced pork with rice called 滷肉飯 in Chinese. It’s a classic dish that I haven’t actually eaten in a while. It was a good portion with a seaweed soup on the side. I really liked the preserved egg; it was so smooth and tasted great. The minced pork itself was actually a little salty due to the soy sauce that drenched into everything, but I still liked it.
I tried a bit of Ronny’s popcorn chicken and it was pretty good too. Papa Chang’s (also serving Taiwanese food) still is the winner for popcorn chicken in my books though. Take a visit to this small and cute shop if you get the chance! (They have walls of colourful Post-it notes and Polaroid snapshots that previous guests have left behind as decoration in the restaurant.) It’s also a nice spot to play board games with friends on a rainy day if you don’t want to venture to the many board game cafes that are downtown.