Wok Cafe Exeter- Bubble Tea in Devon!

 

We are incredibly fortunate living in the South West, seaside, moors, outdoor living, wonderful “real” food, the only area we lag behind the cities is with the trends in food. I remember reading about Bubble Tea last year for the first time, and thought it would be one of those trends that never makes it down the M5, so I was hugely surprised to chance upon the newly opened Wok Cafe in Exeter, apologies to those in the big cities who have no doubt been enjoying this kind of thing for the last few years for my excitement.

This lovely place has opened just in the last month below the Shanghai Nights Chinese restaurant at Exe Bridges in Exeter, which has always been a favourite of ours back when we were living in the city. We were looking for a place where we could have a quick and easy lunch with the kids, and this place proved just the job.

It is light and airy with loads of space, and the all important (for us anyway) high chair. The kitchen is open, so you can see the guys cooking in front of you.

So onto the all important food. There’s a good selection of noodle and rice dishes, and of course the bubble drinks, Hong Kong bubble tea, and bubble milkshakes. I opted for a Seafood and Chicken Laksa which was much better than I’d ever had before, hot and sour with lots of seafood, chicken, mussels and squid. My wife went for the Beef in Black Bean sauce which she enjoyed immensely, and wouldn’t even let me taste.

Our kids are pretty used to this kind of food, one of my nearly 3 year old sons favourite things is Edamame Beans, so we figured they’d be happy here, and we were really pleased with the Chicken Congee that the staff recommended for them, a big bowl of steaming rice porridge with loads of chicken, and a side dish of noodles. Perfect for little fingers and spoons to get stuck in. All the dishes on the menu are £7 or less, great value for such a huge bowl.

We shared a couple of bubble milkshakes, with the coconut being our favourite, we loved the tapioca bubbles at the bottom of the glass, although they really don’t taste of very much.

So if you’re looking for somewhere a little bit different, and a taste of Hong Kong in the westcountry, this place is fun and the food fantastic. The staff couldn’t be more helpful and friendly with the manager handing us a big bag of prawn crackers for the kids to munch on. We’ll definitely be headed back here.

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13 responses to this post.

  1. […] Wok Cafe – Exeter – We loved the bubble milkshakes and noodles, but here’s what Daddy said. […]

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  2. Sooo good to find nice noodles in Exeter – we were there this evening.

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  3. Wow! I’d never though bubble tea would make it to Exeter. I didn’t know about this place, will have to give it a try. Thanks for the recommendation🙂

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  4. Good to see congee and bubble tea has managed to travel the M5 at last! I do miss really good Asian and Oriental food after being spoiled with living in London for so long. I have a feeling Ella is going to like this one too

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  5. Oh wow bubble milkshakes! I first tried these when I lived in Lima in Peru and there was a little place that did them in Miraflores (a well to do area in Lima). I loved them, so took Bailey for one when he came to visit – he was not sold! Here in Manchester I’ve seen bubble teas in China town but never the milkshakes! Lucky you! That place looks fab. Looks like the kids had fun!

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  6. I see you’ve got foodie children😉

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  7. Posted by jennypaws on April 21, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Cripes but that Laksa very definitely looks “eat me!”. Gorgeous!

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  8. Ooh bubble tea! I studied for a year in Vancouver, Canada and bubble tea was so popular there – I used to have frozen mango, blitzed up with a tiny bit of sugar syrup and ‘bubbles at the bottom. Yum🙂 I love the fat straws you get as well. Not had it in the UK though, perhaps one of those things I might keep as a lovely memory of Vancouver.

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  9. I spotted this the other day as I was heading towards cowick st, now you’ve recommended it, I’ll try it. Is it separate from shanghai nights?

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