S and I visited Infini Tea soon after it had first opened, and at that time they only had drinks. We weren’t too impressed with their milk tea, but many of our friends really like the place, so we’ve returned a couple of times to try out the food and drinks.
First off, we had heard that the most famous drink here is their milk slush – many claim that it’s similar to the one at Half & Half, a very popular milk tea shop in LA. So of course we had to try it out.
I’ve actually had a similar milk slush drink at Tea Station. But I liked Infini Tea’s much, much more. It’s basically ice and milk blended together, with boba and pudding at the bottom. Much of the sweet syrup comes with the boba, so it’s actually very sweet at the very bottom. The waiter suggested for us to stir it well before drinking so that the sweetness is more evenly distributed. Overall, both of us really enjoyed this drink, and when we tried Tea Station’s version again after this, we realized just how much better Infini Tea’s version was.
We also tried the new-ish food menu. Actually, we had already tried it once before, but I didn’t have my camera with me so I couldn’t take photos. S tried his favorite dish, red-braised pork belly:
As you can see, the meal is accompanied by some side dishes – they’re different each time, and that day it was a seaweed salad and egg drop soup. (The sides actually really remind me of Tea Station, and that’s because the owners here were originally employees at Tea Station.)
S actually did not like this dish at all the last time he tried it, but decided to give it another chance. This time, it turned out much better! The flavor was rich, with plenty of Chinese five-spice and anise seed. It also wasn’t overly salty like last time, and the pork was really tender but not falling-apart-crumbly. He really liked it.
I was also in the mood for a red braise, so I tried the chicken leg version of S’s dish. Unfortunately, I did not like it as much as the pork belly. I believe they may have added some sugar or some other types of spices to the stew, which made it too sweet for my liking. The sauce was also thicker than the pork belly, so each piece of chicken was a bit too heavily coated with the sauce. The meat was quite tender, though, and I found myself enjoying the inner parts of the meat that were not slathered with sauce.
Overall, our opinion of Infini Tea has definitely gone up since the last few visits. The milk slush was really delicious, as was the braised pork. However, we are still somewhat worried about the consistency of the food quality, since S had ordered the exact same dish and it came out pretty terribly. I have also heard from friends that they run out of food sometimes, and even boba. Makes me a bit concerned. But anyhow, even if we don’t return often for the food, the milk slush is definitely worth the visit.
4690 Convoy St. #111, San Diego CA 92111
Hours: Sun-Wed 12pm-12am; Thu-Sat 12pm-1am