We chose to go a little cafe called Berry Good located at 8766 McKim Way, inside a little strip mall in Richmond. Try not to make plans to go on Wednesday and Sunday because they're closed.
I went with a friend of mine awhile ago and thought the place was quaint and cozy. Berry Good is not like the numerous bubble tea cafes in Richmond, they specialize in cakes which are made fresh every day, and everything just tastes better because you know they put the time and effort into their cakes. The drinks are a mix of tea and coffee, served in the "high tea" style without pearls, grass jelly or other knick knacks.
The cafe is very small, with about 20 seats or so. Each table is lined up side by side, so I don't recommend sharing secrets, the table next to you will hear it all. There is a big transparent refrigerator where you can see the decadent desserts next to the cafe counter. I like that idea since they don't always make the same cakes and you get to see them before you select them.
|Royal Milk Tea|
Their menu comes in a combo style, where you can choose a mousse or chiffon cake and your choice of beverage, usually tea, coffee, frappe or an ice cream float.
|Green Tea Chiffon Cake|
I got the Green Tea Chiffon Cake with Royal Milk Tea for $8. I love green tea, put those two magical words together and I will drink it or eat it. The cake itself was moist, which was excellent, but call me strange, I thought the taste of matcha comes-and-goes out of your taste palette. So for the most part I just tasted moist sponge in my mouth. Yum? There was an unbelievably large amount of whipped cream, which was also great, but since I got a creamy beverage I thought it was a little overwhelming. Clearly I didn't think this through.
Compared to my first time at Berry Good, where I got the Mont Blanc - a rich taste with the different layers of dark, milk and white chocolate - this time was a little disappointing. Everything just went so perfect together with a Mont Blanc. I could really taste the homemade goodness, loved the sight of all that chocolate and cream. The whipped cream tasted light and went really well with the chocolate, it was a match made in dessert heaven. The sweet factor was just perfect. Lesson learned.
Michael on the other hand really liked his dessert, he got the Tiramisu with a Caffe Latte for $7.40. Michael said that the Tiramisu, again, wasn't made in the same style as other Asian bakeries around Richmond might. It arrived with chocolate cupcake sprinkles on the edges and a black polka dot pattern on top, instead of the regular chocolate flake covered top. He said it was moist and not overly sweet, with a gently firm texture. Very good.
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