We were in the mood for something sweet, so we hit up one of the best places in Richmond for cake and tea: Berry Good. And just in case you can’t tell from the K-pop and random Top-40 remixes they usually have playing in the background… yes, they’re Korean-run.
Grace went with the red tea latte. The red tea blended beautifully with the milk; it was both light and mild, perfect for pairing with cheesecake—even though Berry Good’s cakes aren’t very rich. You’re not obligated to (but should probably) take advantage of their drink + cake combos, ranging from $8 to $10. You have a wide selection, so y’know, make your choice wisely and all that.
True to her Asian roots, Mell chose the matcha latte. Obviously.
M: Oh this is sweet. Why…
G: … Sugar?
M: Thanks tips. I should’ve known the matcha latte comes sweetened. I typically forget to ask for it unsweetened or half-sweet although it’s still delicious. They used a lot of matcha, but it could have been smoother; I had one or two chunks of powder not dissolved into the milk.
G: Are you—are you squealing over the cake?
M: I’m squealing over everything. Errrthing.
G: Oooooh that’s good. The jasmine and cheesecake flavours are well balanced and it’s not too sweet.
The jasmine tea cheesecake is spongier and light, and more jasmine than cheesy—nothing like New-York-style cheesecake. If you’re into something a little richer, you might want to try the white chocolate cheesecake:
M: Now this is more the type of cheesecake I’m after in life. Thick and smooth.
G: There’s a joke in there…
Given that we both love tea, arguably as much as we do alcohol, we were in heaven. Oh and one more (very underrated) thing: Berry Good did the cheesecake crust so well that we almost overlooked it. Set in a thin but perfectly formed layer, it hinted at just enough chocolate flavour and played nice with the whipped cream to complete what was a delicate yet gratifying dessert. Because sometimes we forget that SUBTLETY IS AN ART.
Berry Good isn’t too expensive and stays open late, which makes it a busy spot for those late-night sugar cravings. It’s no high tea joint, but undeniably satisfying nonetheless. Although there is a huge list of cakes on the menu, you’ll be choosing from the five or six cakes that on display in their fridge at the front of the shop. They make only a select few cakes daily, which is nice because it keeps their offerings super fresh… and lowers the chance of choice paralysis, which we regularly endure.