I was recently invited to the newly opened Teara Lab (Twitter: @TearaLab / Instagram: TearaLab) situated on College Street (close to University ave). Presented by the same owners of KAKA All you can eat sushi, Teara Lab offers a simple menu of 6 different kinds of Japanese Burgers, Fruit Tea / Slush / Crema / Milk Tea Drinks menu, and a few upgrade options for those that opt for a combo. Teara Lab, using the freshest ingredients to put their Japanese Burgers together, also source their buns from ACE Bakery. The concept, like their menu is quite simple. You simply place your order at the counter and wait for your number to be called whilst seated at your table.
Hokkaido Milk Tea ($4.50 / $5.00)
- This refreshing beverage was really creamy and sweet!
Matcha Red Bean Slush ($4.70 / $5.20)
Buns sourced from Ace Bakery
*Combos come with fries and a choice of pop – may upgrade the side dish and drink*
Yuzu Teriyaki Fish Burger ($9.99 or $11.99 with Combo)
- Mayonnaise, Iceberg Lettuce, Herb Mayonnaise, Baked Basa Fish with Yuzu Teriyaki Sauce and Havarti Cheese, Tomatoes, Crispy Onions, Sprinkled with Dry Seaweed Powder
Teppanyaki Teriyaki Chicken Burger ($9.49 or $11.49 with combo)
- Iceberg Lettuce, Wasabi Mayonnaise, Tomatoes, Baked Teriyaki Chicken with Havarti Cheese, Crispy Onions, Sprinkled with Seaweed Powder
Soy Glazed Pork Belly Sandwich ($9.99 or $11.99 with combo)
- Mayonnaise, Iceberg Lettuce, Kimchi, Soyglazed Tenderized Pork Belly, Avocado, Tomatoes, Rinsed Onions, Seaweed
Within 3 short weeks, I’ve visited Teara Lab twice. Both visits were consistent in terms of wait times, quality of food and overall experience. Depending on what time you visit Teara Lab, the restaurant may be quite packed. My favourite burgers from both visits are the Fish Burger & the Pork Belly Sandwich. I thoroughly enjoyed the sweet yuzu teriyaki sauce of the fish – it was a good amount of sweetness but not overpowering. I liked the addition of the crispy onion giving the burger an overall crunch. The Pork Belly Sandwich is my guilty pleasure. The Pork Belly was incredibly melt-in-your-mouth tender. The addition of the avocado and seaweed together on a bun are a different combination but it totally works!
Teara Lab is opened daily from 11AM-8PM.
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