A journey of boba and life lessons at Bambu Desserts and Drinks

Mackenzie Beem

The parking lot I pulled into was almost completely empty. My nerves were so heightened by the lonely lot that I forgot to pay attention to my footing as I stepped out of the car. I stumbled out of a hole in the pavement, and I took in my surroundings. Looking towards the mini shopping center located on John R and 13 mile filled with a Vietnamese restaurant, video store, and dojo; I spotted Bambu Desserts and Drinks. I first saw the cafe from an ad on Instagram, so my social media high expectations were immediately brought down by the exterior.


As soon as I walked in, I was pleasantly surprised by the sheer amount of items on the menu. They had any type of drink that you could possibly put boba in, including fruit teas, milk teas, juices, smoothies, yogurts, coffees, and many types of a “dessert drink” called che. They also sell mochi and macarons. Overwhelmed by all of the choices, it took me almost 10 minutes to decide on my order.


Finally, after letting another customer go ahead of me, I decided on a mango smoothie with plain boba and strawberry jellies along with raspberry and salted caramel macarons. I noticed all staff members wearing masks, and I saw them put on gloves to handle the food. Also, despite not having a sign requiring masks, every customer wore one and there was nobody eating inside. After about five minutes everything was ready.


The mango smoothie had a certain sweetness and texture that made it taste sorbet-like. Although not what I was expecting, it still held the refreshing taste of mango that I was looking for. The strawberry jellies were almost sickly sweet when combined with the mango smoothie; but, the boba cut the sweetness and brought the drink together. My drink ended up tasting more like a dessert, but the refreshing combination of fruits made it worth drinking anyways.

I wasn’t sure about the macarons from a bubble tea cafe, even these ones from Bambu Desserts and Drinks on October 28. For all I know, they could’ve been sitting in the display case all week. I started with the caramel, assuming it would be my favorite. It was a little too sticky, but overall, the flavor and texture were reminiscent of a normal macaron. After trying this one I didn’t expect much from the raspberry. To my surprise, it was much better.


I wasn’t sure about the macarons from a bubble tea cafe. For all I know, they could’ve been sitting in the display case all week. I started with the caramel, assuming it would be my favorite. It was a little too sticky, but overall, the flavor and texture were reminiscent of a normal macaron. After trying this one I didn’t expect much from the raspberry. To my surprise, it was much better. It had the perfect crunch on the outside and chew to the middle without any stickiness like the caramel one. Also, the flavor was more of fresh raspberries than artificial flavoring.


Overall, I would definitely go back to Bambu. The cafe reminded me to never judge a book by it’s cover. Between the wide variety of drinks, the general cleanliness, and the surprisingly good macarons, Bambu is a hidden gem.


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