What You'll Get
Lecturing your dachshund nonstop on the pros and cons of converting your front yard into a Pat Sajak–themed mini-golf course is bound to make you thirsty after a while. Today's Groupon offers the superb moistener for dry throats and mouths: for $7, you get five large non-specialty bubble teas, or five small "specialteas" (a $20 value) at Balance Pan-Asian Grille in Maumee.
Balance Pan-Asian Grille's bubble teas shake together freshly brewed tea with all-natural flavors, which are then served over fruit or tapioca pearls. The name bubble tea doesn't refer to the tea's protective childhood habitat, but to the foam bubbles formed during its creation. Select between light and fruity flavors for the large non-specialty bubble teas, such as raspberry and passion fruit, or rich and creamy milk teas. Delivered mouth-side via an oversized straw, mix-ins add chewy tidbits of fruit or tapioca for a scintillating textural element in the drinkable aesthetic landscape. Small specialteas in flavors such as cookies 'n' cream and purple haze step the drinks up to an ultra delicious level, giving best taste buddies an extra tasty tea wave.
The wood floors, burnt-orange walls, and decorative grass planters near the front window give Balance a fresh visual flair. Chew over life choices with help from a delicious fruit or milk bubble tea while wondering whether you really should have released all those rabid butterflies back into the wild.
Though Balance Pan-Asian Grille has yet to receive many online reviews, five Yelpers give it an average of four stars:
- The tapioca they said is cooked four times a day to keep them fresh, and they were what I expected, soft and chewy and clean tasting. – John Paul P.
- This is the largest variety of bubble tea in the area, important to know since I have friends that travel all the way to Columbus and Ann Arbor for the thrill of sucking a huge tapioca pearl through a straw. – Anthony K.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 26, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. No cash back. Not valid with other offers. May redeem in multiple visits until expiration date. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Balance Pan-Asian Grille
Balance Pan-Asian Grille is a grassroots Asian-American restaurant. Their staff believes that every restaurant should be like theirs—one that serves from-scratch, healthy food made from fresh ingredients, noting that if customers wanted a microwaved meal, they wouldn’t go out to eat. The name Balance is a reference to restaurant's flavorful bowls, which contain a balance of proteins, carbs, and vegetables.
In the kitchen, Head Chef Jang, who worked for years at his parents' traditional Chinese restaurant, heats up the wok to create fusion recipes such as sweet butternut squash soup and vegan potstickers. He also cooks vegetarian and vegan dishes built on brown rice, salad greens, and tofu. Jang and his staffers often design their seasonal menus using fresh, farm-to-table ingredients, and they eschew any produce or proteins that are classified as genetically modified organisms or that have been handled by robots at any point during the harvesting process.