As a boba enthusiast, I make it my mission to find and try highly rated (thanks yelp!) boba places wherever I go. Since I’ve been spending a lot of time in the South bay recently, it’s only natural that I try some of the different boba places in the area.

Since leaving Berkeley and my beloved U-Cha, it’s been quite a struggle to find a boba place to fill the pearl sized hole in my heart. Boba Guys in SF is great and all, but, I’m still not sure if the long lines are really worth it for me in the end. I swear, unless I’m going at some obscure time on a weekday, the lines are freakin’ long. The variety of flavors is great and all, but sometimes a girl just wants to grab some delicious green milk tea and get on with her day.

Enter Monster Boba–not to be confused with the SoCal chain that has the cute mason jars.

(Cute colorful interior)

Located in a random af plaza in Cupertino, Monster Boba is an unassuming boba shop with delicious tea-heavy drinks, friendly workers, and cute decor.

My favorite drink from here is the rose milk tea (30% sugar, half ice, + honey boba). I’ve found that boba places usually have a very difficult time getting rose/lavender/flowery drinks in general right and they end up tasting quite powdery and artificial. I find that Monster Boba’s rose milk tea has a great light tasting rose flavor that makes the drink taste fragrant and natural. The honey boba here is consistently wonderful as well, with light sweetness and a chewy texture.

(So good it’s better than bae)

Numerically, this is how Monster Boba breaks down in my book:

Tea Quality: 4.5/5
Boba (Pearl) Quality: 5/5
Ambience/Decor: 4/5 – sometimes loud and crowded during holiday breaks/weekends
Wait time: 5/5 –
Service: 5/5
Price: 3/5 – expensive for size (~$5)
Consistency: 5/5
Snacks: N/A – haven’t tried enough, though their popcorn chicken was quite good the one time I had it

So, all in all, this is my new favorite boba place in the Bay Area. I would highly recommend checking it out if you’re ever in the area! 🙂