Big Orange – Bubble Tea/Ice Cream (Metrotown)

Restaurant: Big Orange
Cuisine: Desserts/Ice Cream/Smoothies/Bubble Tea
Last visited: September 22, 2010
Location: Burnaby, BC (South Burnaby/Metrotown)
Address: E8A – 4700 Kingsway (Level 2 by SilverCity Metropolis)
Price Range: $10 or less

1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!

Food: 4 (based on few drinks I’ve tried)
Service: 2
Ambiance: n/a (bubble tea stand)
Overall: n/a

Additional comments:

  • Bubble Tea franchise
  • Chinese owned/operated
  • Popular for bubble tea/drinks
  • Fresh fruit/regular bubble tea
  • Freshly Squeezed Juices
  • Ice cream cones/Sundaes available
  • Healthy desserts available
  • Quick/Fast
  • Open late
  • No seating
  • Take away only

**Recommendations: Taro Slush Bubble Tea, Fresh fruit flavours


Big Orange is a bubble tea franchise specializing in fresh fruit bubble teas. It actually started in Metrotown mall in Burnaby, BC and now it’s quickly growing with 9 locations in Vancouver BC and the lower mainland and even one in Seattle. Big Orange also has a selection of ice cream cones, sundaes, blizzards, smoothies and fresh fruit juices as well as your standard bubble tea flavours. Overall I actually really like this place and think it’s a great choice for “shopping mall bubble tea”.

I always crave something cold and refreshing after Indian food. Whether it’s an icy cool drink or ice cream, I need something to break up all the spices in my mouth. So after dinner at Saffron Indian Cuisine, Kim and I headed to Big Orange for a good old bubble tea.

Unfortunately plan A, Qoola, the new location in Metrotown mall that I’ve been dying to check out featuring self-serve frozen yogurt and toppings was closed. So it was either McDonald’s or TCBY. I’m a huge fan of TCBY, but on our way up to the theatre (TCBY is located at the theatre concession) we passed by Big Orange. I’ve been a huge fan of the taro bubble tea slush at Big Orange for years, but Kim has never tried it so we decided on here instead.

Photos complements of Kim.

On the table:

**Taro Slush Bubble Tea –
6/6

  • $3.57 + $.50 for slush (I ordered this one from Big Orange in Richmond Centre last summer)
  • This is what I come for… almost all the time.
  • I almost always get this drink and it’s one of their most popular. Make sure you order it slush. It’s a must try!
  • When you order it slush they use the soft serve vanilla ice cream from the machine to make it! It’s the best thing ever. I love it!
  • It’s like a taro bubble tea milkshake, but the soft serve ice cream gives it this ultra creamy icy texture that’s so refreshing. Beautiful!
  • It’s sweet and for me the texture and flavour is better than places that use taro ice cream.
  • The pearls are chewy and nicely sweetened, but they freeze up when it’s a slush.

This is a taro bubble tea slush I ordered last summer from their Richmond Centre location. They did it better there on that occasion. The Metrotown one looks a bit thick and not creamy.
Green Tea Slush Bubble Tea2/6

  • $3.57 + $.50 for slush
  • I switched things up by not ordering my usual taro bubble tea slush and I regretted it.
  • They said they used the soft serve ice cream in it, but it was not creamy, not well blended and so thick that I could barely drink it. There was way too much ice in it and in this case the green tea ice cream method works much better than their soft serve ice cream method. I honestly tasted no ice cream at all and had confirm twice that it was in there. The green tea matcha flavour was also very weak.
  • The pearls were fine, chewy and sweet, and I drank it because I was thirsty, but not because it was good.
  • I would much rather have the Green Tea/Matcha slushies/smoothies from Dragon Ball Tea House, Capstone Tea & Fondue, Pearl Castle or Michi Waffle & Espresso Bar.

Papaya & Honey Dew Bubble Tea n/a

    • $3.99
    • This was Kim’s drink. See his post for it here. I really don’t like papaya and honey dew… or cantaloupe for that matter, so needless to say this drink is not for me.
    • I stilled tried and it would be good if I liked the fruits probably. I could taste more honey dew than papaya and it’s not very sweet, but a bit watered down… and then I quickly washed it down with my green tea slush bubble tea.
    • The fresh fruit bubble teas at Dragon Ball Tea House are better and have more fresh fruit I think.

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