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Formosan

128A HIGH STREET | Ox14df, Oxford, England
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Ranked #60 of 483 restaurants in Oxford
Cuisines: Taiwanese
Most recent review
- Jun 12, 2014
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English first
Oxford, United Kingdom
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192 reviews 192 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We had seen advertisements pointing to this tiny café but at last we were able to sample it. You can approach it two ways, firstly there is a small alleyway from the High Street and a board shows you the way past a seedy pub. Alternately, you can go along Blue Boar St. and there is an alleyway on the... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
1,082 helpful votes 1,082 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

This is the only place I can think of in Oxford that does bubble tea, and even if another opened, I'd probably stick with this place. Great range of teas, and free samples given to customers that want to try other flavours. The interior is great, with a small area to sit on cushioned floors,r you can sit by the... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

It is a bit expensive for something that in some parts of the world you can get for a fraction of the price but ... hey ... they are yummy and there are not many places in the Oxford where you can get an Almond Milk Tea with Tapioca Pearls!

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Kiev, Ukraine
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

We used this place consistently throughout our month-long course in Oxford and it quickly became a place we felt comfortable and relaxed in. The staff we're very friendly and helpful, helping suggest teas to try and the place itself was amazing-cushion floors are located towards the back of the shop along with 'regular' window seating. Everything about this place is... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

It is easy to miss the Formosan Tea Bar as it is hidden down a little alleyway off the High Street. But it is worth making the effort to find it. With so many coffee bears and pubs in Oxford, this is a refreshing change. There is a choice of teas, and the staff will describe each one in some... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Coming from Vancouver where bubble tea bars abound, I was so excited when I saw someone walking down the street with bubble tea and she pointed me to Formosan. I was so excited because I've not come across bubble tea here but hahaha (ignore my snobbery) I was so disappointed to see only a handful of choices. I asked if... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

You definitely need to really look hard for this place especially now that the city council removed their signage outside wheatsheaf...but the classic pearl tea makes up for it. If you're gonna try it for the first time,please go for the classic milk tea...and experiment on other flavors on your next visit. I wasn't much impressed with the lemon tea... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Opposite the wheatsheaf in oxford, this little gem can easily be passed. But please dont, Amazing. Ching tea with milk is beautiful, sitting in the area at the back where you have to take your shoes off and sit on cushions around a table is an experience. And remarkably cheap for what you get, put in a lovely starbucks style... More

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London, United Kingdom
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120 reviews 120 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Be careful, if you blink you might miss this. Its located down a narrow alley off the High Street in Oxford. The staff were particularly good at explaining what they served. Just tea with tapioca balls in different varieties. We had an almond and a sesame both really good. Very relaxed atmosphere with an area with tatami mats if you... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

This has become a weekly visit for me and my wife since the place has opened in the summer. I have tried a variety of the different flavours and I have settled on the Almond Milk tea with Tapioca Pearls although I would recommend others on the menu. Note that I have been to LA and London and this place... More

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