IT’S TEA TIME WITH A TWIST

THE CON­CEPT OF BUB­BLE TEAS HAS BEEN BREW­ING IN MUS­CAT FOR QUITE SOME TIME NOW AND THERE IS A NEW KID IN THE BLOCK. VISIT MEITO AND MAKE 6,615,000 COM­BI­NA­TIONS OF BUB­BLE TEA.

HI Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - STORY SHRUTHI NAIR PHO­TOG­RA­PHY DA­WOOD AL ADHOUBI

If you have not heard about bub­ble tea or boba and don’t know what it is then visit Meito for a sip. Have it icy cold or pip­ing hot.

When I re­ceived an in­vite from Meito on their opening about a week back, the first thing that ap­pealed to me was its name. De­rived from the name of a cou­ple, who were orig­i­nal found­ing mem­bers of the chain along with Lan Nguyen, the word in it­self is an acro­nym that stands for Man­age, En­ter­tain, In­vite, Think, and Of­fer.

Meito is a warm, cosy place in Al Muzn Mall with a funky dé­cor and funkier ed­i­bles. The walls are a ragged tex­ture with fun facts hang­ing on it. It is a road fac­ing ‘deli’, as some would like to call it, as it is a mid­way be­tween a café and a restau­rant. While amongst the many things they of­fer in­clud­ing sal­ads, burg­ers, cakes, desserts, cof­fees, and a whole lot of beverages, their USP is bub­ble tea. A con­cept not very known to Oman, bub­ble tea is a fun drink, es­sen­tially made of 3 com­po­nents – tea (green, jas­mine, black milk tea), a flavour you pre­fer, and fi­nally the top­ping which is the bub­ble. The bub­bles that Meito of­fers are tapi­oca pearls, jel­lies and the most in­ter­est­ing bobas. I have had bub­ble tea be­fore, but have never tried bobas bub­ble tea. Th­ese bub­bles pop/burst as it touches the tongue. It feels a lit­tle like Seven Seas but unlike the sea cod, it’s not too hard to burst and you don’t have to rinse your mouth mul­ti­ple times to re­move the aw­ful taste. In­stead you will catch your­self en­joy­ing the flavour that the burst bub­ble adds to the tea in your mouth.

The most fas­ci­nat­ing fact is that you can make 6,615,000 com­bi­na­tions from the bub­ble tea op­tions avail­able at Meito. The six step process of choos­ing your tea in­cludes choos­ing a tea base, size, tem­per­a­ture, flavour, and fi­nally top­ping, which is beau­ti­fully dis­played for you to choose from. When served, sip from the huge straws and feel the bub­bles, burst, melt or play with your tongue and en­joy the tasty ex­pe­ri­ence.

Apart from bub­ble tea, Meito also has de­li­cious burg­ers (an­gos beef and chicken), a va­ri­ety of cheese­cakes in­clud­ing Oman’s special lo­tus cheese­cake, pas­tas, and a range of sal­ads. In fact, the salad bar from where you can re­fill your plate un­lim­ited num­ber of times is also going to start soon. Just when I thought that cafes and restau­rants in Oman can­not in­no­vate with re­gards to op­tions and va­ri­eties, a store like Meito opens and re­in­stills by taste­buds’ faith in hu­man­ity.—shruthi@time­so­fo­man.com

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