[Bangkok] Bubble tea is having a renaissance of sorts in Bangkok, with many shops surfacing selling all varieties and colours of boba tea, cheese tea and fruit tea.
ATM Tea Bar is conveniently located at Siam Square Soi 9, and terms itself as “The Next Level of Bubble Tea”.
I saw the menu and immediately understood why, as it fully knew those Instagram-crazed Bangkok youths would want a cup of that layered coloured drink to appear in their feed.
Their poster and photography are ON-POINT.
The bubble tea shop with limited seating space is located in between Siam Square 1 and Chulalongkorn library. I used British Council Siam Square as a marker – it is directly opposite.
The “ATM” in this shop is a touch screen to pre-order your drinks. However, I would encourage you to avoid peak hours as the lanes and queues can get rather confusing.
The top 8 drinks are Taste of Hokkaido, Kumamoto Dream, Love You So Matcha, Chocolate Cookie Monster, Crystal Genmai, Galaxy Lemon Tea, Blue Coco and Childhood Memory.
They are sold at 80 to 135 baht (SGD$3.30 – SGD$5.55), considered pricey in Bangkok’s terms, especially when you can get chicken rice nearby at a comfortable 40 baht.
So 1 bubble tea = 2 plates of chicken rice.
I first ordered a Love You So Matcha (135 baht, SGD$5.55) because my weakness is matcha. (This is more than 3 plates of chicken rice.)
This cup contains Uji matcha from Kyoto Japan, premium strawberry nectar with a base of Japanese Azuki red beans. Wonderful combination.
You would have thought this would be a richly heavy cup given the make-up, but it was manageable.
The matcha powder was whisked on the spot, thus ensuring a certain level of authenticity (instead of pre-mixes or syrups).
However, the wait can be longer as well as time is needed for preparation.
Other than the pink strawberry, you can also request for a Dirty Matcha half filled with ‘charcoal’ milk.
The violet-hued Kumamoto Dream (100 baht, SGD$4.10) was another good-looking favourite.
This included 100% Japanese Purple Potato sourced from Kumamoto japan, full flavoured Hokkaido milk and Brown Sugar Bubbles without any use of powdered creamer.
The addition of brown sugar made chewing more satisfying as those pearls became tastier.
I opted for low sugar at 25% and found the level just nice.
If heavy drinks are not your thing, then the Blue Coco of 100% coconut juice, Butterfly Pea Tea and Maraschino Cherry should make a refreshing, pretty treat for a hot afternoon.
ATM Tea Bar
432/9 Siam Square Soi 9, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand
432/9 สยามสแควร์ ซอย 9 ปทุมวัน Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel: +66 89 287 7775
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 3:00pm, 4:30pm – 8:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – ATM Tea Bar
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