Bubble tea is good, but bubble tea topped with a gigantic cloud of cotton candy is better. That's the operating principle at Japantown's new Mitsu Teahouse, which is offering the boba drinks locals have come to love (in flavors ranging from salted caramel to yuzu to kumquat), topped with a big wisp of housemade cotton candy that's balanced around the straw. (The plastic atop the boba cup keeps it from slipping inside and getting soaked, so it's possible to eat it on and off while drinking—for anyone who can wait that long.)
In addition to boba ($3.45 regular, $4.05 large), Mitsu's offerings include "snowfalls" (blended boba ice drinks), tea lattes, and "Mitsu snow," a milk-based Taiwanese-style shaved ice that comes out fluffy instead of crunchy, in flavors like chocolate sea salt, Earl Grey, and coconut. Toppings, from fresh fruit to wafer cookies, are included in the price of a bowl. Mitsu's space in Peace Plaza is small, with just a walk-up counter and a handful of stools; tea fans can also take items to go for enjoying in the outdoor courtyard. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 11:30 am-9:30 pm; Friday, 11:30 am-10:30 pm; Saturday, 10 am-10:30 pm, and Sunday, 10 am-9:30 pm.