Spot #10 :: Dartealing Lounge

Our 10th Spot:

Dartealing Lounge

470 Third Street  San Francisco, CA 94107

http://www.dartealing.com

 

outside

We’ve been to quite a few tea houses in San Francisco already.  Even though we are interested in visiting each one and are sure they have their own individual special things about them, driving into or taking BART to the City gets kinda redundant.  That being said, we were satisfied with seeing this cute little corner tea house.  The inside is definitely not what you expect, from looking at the rather bland outside.  But, look how charming!!

inside

inside 2

inside 3

It had a very ‘homey’ + intimate feel.  The décor was very inviting + intriguing!  My girls described it as being at Gramma’s house!  We decided we had the best seats in the house…

table

How comfy right!!?!  We were taken back a bit when they sat us here, because it was all so darling!!  The only downside was we were HUNCHED over the whole time while eating.  :/  Maybe we weren’t doing it right (’cause aren’t you supposed to bring the tea saucer up to you!?), but we still thought our spot was super cute!

 

Because we pre-ordered, the only important decision that was asked of us were the pots of tea we’d like.  At our table, the choices were:

Memories of Provence (floral and fruity with lavender and berries notes) – This one smelled divine! I likened it to a Victoria’s Secret body spray!  It was a yummy comforting tea.

Island Kiss (green tea with tropical essence, bananas + coconut) – Sounded and smelled better than it tasted.  The aftertaste reminded me of B.O.!!  Meh.

Somewhere My Love (black tea with oranges, sweet citrus, vanilla notes + white chocolate) – This was my first choice, but since my girlfriend wanted it I went for my second.  A very nice mix of flavors.  The citrus lightly scented the creaminess of the vanilla + white chocolate flavors.

Snickerdoodle – black tea with vanilla + cinnamon) – My choice.  I loved this one.  They were right, it WAS just like the cookie!

menus          teacup

teapot          creamer

 

Pre-ordering has its pros + cons, in my opinion.  If you do it, it’s nice to have a decision already made and food ready for you.  But sometimes, you may not be feeling what you thought you wanted at the time you chose it when it’s time to have it.  (Did you get that!?)  I have mixed feelings about it.  When tea houses ask me of it, I don’t whine about it.  I ask my girls, they respond with their choices, and I call them in.  No biggie.  But sometimes-  I want that element of surprise!  I purposely do not look up any tea house menus before we visit the spot, ’cause I like the shock value!!  Hehe.

plate 1          plate 2

This place had a lot of tea sandwiches to choose from.  And on the website, they ALL sounded sooo good!!  Of the selection, we chose:

curry

Dartealing Curried Chicken – WHAT A SURPRISE!!?!  For such a tiny sandwich, we did NOT expect so much flavor!?  I’m at a loss for words how to even explain it.  Do I dare attempt??  It was the richest quarter of a sandwich I’ve ever put in my mouth.  There, I said it.

salmon

Smoked Salmon Mousse & Dill – After having that last tea sandwich, I anticipated it was only going to get better… I assumed this one was going to be a smooth consistency throughout.  Boy, was I wrong!  It had pieces of smoked salmon that gave this sandwich such a scrumptious personality!

brie

Brie, Pepper Jelly, Green Apple – I’m a total brie fan.  When I read this on the menu, I was so happy!  And with pepper jelly!!?!  YES!  It was just as good as I thought it should be.

shrimp

Spicy Garlic Shrimp – I do like spicy, but I can’t handle a lot of it.  I had to try this one though, because-  shrimp in a sandwich, come on!  The flavors complimented each other well.  Lots of different, yummy textures.  But, I could only take a bite.

honey

Honey Lavender Cream – I read this one on the menu, and was intrigued for sure.  But there are so many good ones, this couldn’t make my cut.  It’s a WONDERFUL thing that it was 2 of my girlfriends’ choices, because I would’ve been really sad having not ever tried this in my life…  Ugh, it was absolutely delightful!!  The honey is lavish, lavender is only in the background, and then there’s this cream!  We couldn’t quite place it, maybe it was mascarpone?!  Whatever it was it made this tea sandwich addicting.

hummus

Spicy Hummus Mediterranean – Delicious flavors for sure.  Again, it was spicy so I only had a bite.  But, that one bite packed so much punch!

 

The sweets tier came just in time!

tier          sweets

I went for the scone.

scone

It was Chocolate + Cardamom.  Interesting!  I loved the round shape, ’cause-  so cute right!?  But then, I didn’t know where I wanted to cut it.  Hehe.  Sliced it horizontally, and spread some Royal Cream.  It was nice + warm still, which I adore because the cream gets melty!  Took a bite…  Very heavy + cakey!  And I was wondering where the other fixings were??  It was okay.  There wasn’t much to em, not that flavorful.  And the cream was rather bland.  And, I can’t stress enough just how HEAVY they were.  It was a lot of chews + a lot of saliva needed before you could swallow these.  I was halfway done with mine, when one of my girlfriend’s thought to ask our server for some jam.  DUH!?  I did think about asking, but I wanted to try the scone with what they gave us.  OH, sooo muuuuch better with the raspberry (?) jam!!  Still, I think it could’ve used more chocolate chips.

sweets 2

I was pretty much done after having that substantial scone.  I was about to ask our server for a to-go box…  But, I decided to at least have a bite of each of these.  The Raspberry Cream in Filo Tart wasn’t bad.  I think the crunch of the filo was much more exciting than the overall taste of this sweet.  The Lavender Cookie – eh.  It was waaay too lavendery to me.  The Chocolate S’more was okay.  Very decadent.  I did really like the roasted marshmallow + graham cracker pieces on top.  (I’m a sucker for anything marshmallow!)  I was satisfied with my bites, couldn’t have any more.

We really appreciated the service at this spot.  We came it a bit early, and they were happy to seat us right away.  She says “The sooner you get to have tea!!”  My girlfriend, who has a special spot for vintage china, wondered if she could have a cuter teacup (because the one at her setting just had gold stripes).  The staff member TOTALLY got where she was coming from, and went out of her way to bring back this gorgeous floral cup!  Our reservation was at 3:30p; they close at 6:00p.  We were so into our conversation, we stayed well over 6!?  They didn’t rush us (and we noticed other parties around us still enjoying themselves), and even came by to make sure all our teapots were still full.  LOVED that.

I would come back for the sandwiches alone.

Spot #9 :: Lisa’s Tea Treasures

Our 9th Spot:

Lisa’s Tea Treasures

167 Main Street  Los Altos, CA 94022

http://www.lisastealosaltos.com

 

outside

It’s really hard to say anything bad about a place, when their service is so terrific!  …not that they deserve anything negative.

sign          outside table

We walked in to this adorable setting!  Just a perfect place to have a tea room.  They had little compartments of uniquely sized rooms for tables.  A charming upstairs for private parties.  Lots of tea kettles and tea cups + saucers for sale decorated the space.  The rest of the décor was minimal, but lined with attractive art pieces.

inside 1          inside 2

inside 3          inside 4

upstairs

art

They already got an A+ in my book, based on the type of cookies (biscuits) they left on the table.  Biscoff Lotus cookies!!  (High-five Lisa’s!)  There are tons of em in a cute little jar, just waiting for you + your tea selection!  The table setting, of course, was totally cute with all matching plates + tea sets.

cookie

The teas were all delicious!  At our table, we chose:

Watermelon Berry – I’m a watermelon flavor person, so I was intrigued to try this one my girlfriend chose.  It wasn’t as sweet as it sounds, which was nice!  Watermelon scented, with berry flavors.

Sweet Peach – I didn’t get to try this one myself, but my girlfriend kept pouring cups of it, so I think she liked it!?

Champagne Raspberry – Liked this one a lot!  You can definitely taste the champagne, which I looove.  And the raspberry flavor makes for a pleasurable cup of tea!

Rose Garden – This one was my favorite.  Reminded me so much of the spa!!  So it was very comforting to sip.  I kept calling it “the lotion one!”

Strawberry Darjeeling – Didn’t get to try this one, unfortunately, because I grew up drinking strawberry tea.  So, it’s nostalgic for me!  But I think my sister liked it.

Butter Truffle – This is the one I ordered.  Flavored like a sugar cookie, with orange peel.  It was yum!

tea

I thought it was really cute that our server had these teapot caddy sort of things to bring all our pots in one trip!  Innovative + smart!

caddy

For our party size, we were asked to preorder.  At our table, we had the:

Mademoiselle’s Creation – a hearty salad with a scone and your choice of a side of protein (egg, chicken or tuna)

salad

 

Lord William’s Promise – a platter of 8 tea sandwiches + a petit fours

sandwiches

 

Tea Time Trio – a salad, scone, 2 tea sandwiches + 2 savories

trio

Everyone enjoyed their food!  I ordered the Tea Time Trio, so I can comment on that one.  A spring mix of greens with fresh strawberries, dried cranberries, sliced almonds + feta cheese.  It came with a mouth-watering vinaigrette, in this darling mini pitcher.  My 2 tea sandwiches were a salmon mousse, and goat cheese with tomato.  I thought each of them were dandy.  A little salty for my taste, but good nonetheless.  My savories were marvelous!  There was a cheese pastry and a mushroom quiche.  I could have had at least 3 more each of those!!  The scone – a cute little chubby scone!  They had 3 flavors today (blueberry, pecan + cinnamon).  My dish came with the blueberry.  Nice crunchy exterior, and warm chewy interior.  VERY GOOD.  The cream + jelly and lemon curd also very comparable.  Again, I could’ve had more!  I did later try the pecan, and…woah, that one was remarkable!  My girlfriend + sister also ordered a side of soup.  Today’s was a broccoli cheddar.  My gf had me try a taste of her’s, and it was delightful!

Okay, the service.  This is why I can’t knock anything from this spot.  Our server was just-  the best!!  Not only did she take real good care of us, but she showed us a fantastic time!  She was super funny, and just very personable.  We felt like we were hanging out with another one of our girlfriends!  She was comfortable enough to joke with us, but still came to deliver any one of our needs in a respectable amount of time.  At the end of our visit, as always, we asked if she minded taking our group picture.  She did not hesitate to take as many as we wanted with as many cameras or phones, even after one of them (camera) wasn’t cooperating!?  We really enjoyed ourselves today, and are so glad we chose this place since we were still grumpy about how bad our experience was from the last spot.  Such a cute tea house, and I hope you all try it out someday!  Tell us how your visit went!? ;)

Spot #8 :: Tal-Y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe

Our 8th Spot:

Tal-Y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe

6439 California Street  San Francisco, CA 94121

http://www.talytara.com

 

outside

“Oh. You have more people in your party??”  That’s how we were greeted.  Apparently, a couple had walked in right behind us…  But let’s not forget the awkward 90-second stare down we received from the ENTIRE establishment (YES, including all the wait staff) as soon as we walked in, where you can hear the crickets just like in the movies!?  No welcome, no warmth.  That right there, was the discouraging foreshadow of what our future meal was about to entail.

The menus were suuuuper confusing.  It seems they have 3 levels of tea service, but are all ‘for two.’  If you want a single serving of anything, it must be à la carte.  No one offered us any explanations either, so we were left to figure this for ourselves.  We did ask, and our assumptions were then confirmed.

setting

How are you a tea house when you discourage your customers from ordering any tea??  Since we couldn’t figure out how or what to order, our server wanted to know if she could get any pots started for us.  She says for our party of SEVEN, that she recommends maybe only 2 pots of tea (get this) “because any more wouldn’t fit on our table”!?  What in the world is that!!?!  Since we had such a limitation, we told her we’d have to discuss these important choices.  She did say we could switch em out during the course of our meal…but still-  really?  Plus, we still needed to figure out HOW to order and WHAT to order.  We were so sorry we asked, since she kept insisting we order this tea sandwich “platter” (wait for it) that they ALREADY MADE FOR US!!?!  They’re supposedly known for this motorloaf bread (we know, we were thinking about ‘motorboating‘ the whole time too!), that she talked up saying it was a hearty bread filled with walnuts, etc.  Welp, they must’ve been unable to be seen with the naked eye as my girlfriend pointed out there wasn’t anything in there!?  The “platter” (there goes that word again) suppooooosedly served two people “maybe even 3″ she says.  We so badly wanted to order single servings of tea sandwiches as opposed to this ALREADY PREPARED infamous platter just to be rebellious, ’cause-  who does that??  Whyyy would we want something that was sitting out for who knows how long and nooo one wants anything that’s being pushed on them.  Even still, the “platter” was the better choice since we didn’t want to pay for any more of what they had to offer in support of a tea house we were ready to walk out of as soon as we were seated.  So it was decided: we were ordering the 2 stale “platters” they thoughtfully (insert sarcasm here) prepared for us.

That took care of the tea sandwich selections, now for the scones.  At 6 bucks for ONE scone, we wanted to make sure not to over-order.  (No we’re not cheap, but trust me-  you wouldn’t feel like you’d wanna give this place any of your money either.)  They had 5 kinds to choose from today: Lemon, Blueberry, Black Currant, Orange Ghirardelli Chocolate, and a savory Bacon Cheddar.  We ordered 1-2 of each flavor except the blueberry.  Okay, that choice = made.

Now the teas…  My earl grey gf who’s on the hunt for the perfect one, wanted an earl grey selection.  But, there were 2 listed on the menu.  I guess they had 2 types from different vendors.  When she asked what the difference was between the 2, our server said she’d have to get her manager to explain that to us.  Ohhh…kaaay…  Of course, the manager never came.  Our server finally comes back with a container in her hands, and says that they’re out of one so my gf can smell the loose leaf tea of the one that they do have.  This particular one had lavender in it, so my girlfriend said she’d try it.  My girl had really good things to say about it.  And, although I didn’t get a chance to taste it, I could smell it and it reminded me of the spa!  It smelled really good.  We also ordered the Wild Strawberries black tea and Vanilla Bean Creme black tea.  Lots of good comments from my dolls about the strawberry, and I liked (not loved) the vanilla.  How-  ever-  when they refilled the vanilla, they made it SO strong it poured out BLACK girrrl!?  I joked that they were mad at us, and my other gf said that they wanted us to be up all night thinking about their bad service!  Lol.

teapot          tea

This is what the “platters” looked like:

platter

WHAT ARE THESE??  And did they really think these 2 lousy things were gonna fit 7 whole people!?  I was livid.  How were we even supposed to eat it?  It’s like they concentrated so hard on trying to make their presentation stylish + cute with all this wax paper, when it really makes you think “where are my sandwiches?!”  We had.  To.  CUT.  These little things.  In FOUR!!?!  20 bucks for each of these plates and we only get a BITE!?  What is that??  How are you a restaurant??  You don’t even FEED your customers!!  You demand they eat something you already made for them and there’s nothing to eat!?  Ooh, I was hot.

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bite

At one point, I asked my girlfriend how she liked a certain sandwich and she says to me “Oh, I haven’t tried any yet.   They’re still being distributed.”   What kind of mess is that?!

distributing

Here’s the egg and cucumber:

egg cucumber

The egg was bland + dry, and tasted like it had been sitting out ‘CAUSE IT WAS!  The cucumber bite I had (I feel like my reviews aren’t even complete, ’cause I didn’t even have a whole sandwich to base em off of!?) was a dollop of cream cheese (no dill or anything) and a soggy piece of cucumber.

This is the ham and smoked salmon:

ham salmon

I liked the mustard that was made with the ham, but that’s about it.  And the salmon (again) tasted like it had been out for awhile.  Again, with a chunk of cream cheese, but the capers made it better.

When she brought out the scones, she told us which flavors were which the says “SOME of which were made today.” EW!!!

scones

This is all the piece of scone I got to have:

orange chocolate

The orange chocolate was pretty good.  I have to say, I did really like the cream + preserves that were served.  And, the scones had good crunchy edges + nice soft centers.  I ate as much scone as I could to fill my sad tummy.

Here’s what the place looked like, in case you’re interested…

place 1          place 2

place 3          place 4

We basically left that tea house STARVING.  We were scared to ask to use the bathrooms, because the place looked creepy + we were just treated so COLDLY.  So, we all had full bladders upon our exit.  The customer service was really just terrible.  We had very little food, then felt like we were being rushed out.  They quickly bussed our table, and we got stares + hands on hips as we tried to enjoy the last of our limited pots of teas while girl-chatting. Not only will we not be returning, but I will be going a notch further to tell my readers NOT to visit this tea house.  They do not deserve service from any sweethearts as yourselves looking to enjoy some afternoon tea.

Spot #7 :: Camellia Tea Room

Our 7th Spot:

Camellia Tea Room

828 First Street  Benicia, CA 94510

http://www.camelliatearoom.com

 

I’m sorta nervous to review this spot…because I don’t want to forget anything!?  This place was terrif-  no, fantast-  no, not that either.  No words come to mind to describe how OUTSTANDING this spot was!  Thank goodness, as the last spot was a complete disaster (to say the least).  We really needed a pick-me-up from the last time, and this tea room was the place to be!!

outside

Our reservations were easy to make.  Most tea houses have a couple prerequisites when making your reservation, because there are a lot of delicate arrangements that are being made for your individual table setting.  Your final headcount is usually required to be submitted no later than 2 weeks before your event, and there will most likely be a charge if someone in your held party in a no-show.  With that being said, even under these typical guidelines, this spot was veeery accommodating with that aspect.  I had two in my party who would have loved to join, but couldn’t make the commitment until closer to our event date.  Wanting to honor the if-you-don’t-show-you-will-pay-a-fee rule, they opted to just be left out of the reservation (even if later proved they would be able to come).  I explained this when I called in for my final headcount, and they were fully cooperative with my guests special needs.  Instantly, this place already got an A+ in my book.

Benicia is such a cute little town!  My SIL made plans to show up early from our reservation, so we can take some time to walk around + explore our new surroundings.  Amazing Antique Mall (yes, I said “mall!!”) on the same side of the street!  When you first walk in, it’s very modern.  Don’t expect the frill + floral when you visit this spot.  It’s kept very minimal, but still warm + friendly.  They do have a back counter with gorgeous tea sets + bone china pieces!  Their walls are lined with beautiful art showcased by local talent, that I understand changes every month.  There’s an awesome story about their ceiling also, but I will leave that off the table so you can have a chance to ask them yourselves when you visit!  ;)  Right away, we were welcomed with kind greetings + loving faces.  It’s a family owned business, and you can totally tell.  It seems THEY should be the one’s to claim Olive Garden’s “When you’re here, you’re family!” tag line!!

china          teas

our table          setting

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left

ceiling

I won’t give you all the details, because some things are meant to be secrets.  But, I WILL say that they pulled out all the stops for us.  There were a lot of us this time, 11 to be exact.  So there were a lot of tea pots on the table!  Of the ones I can mention, my girlfriend that always gets something with rose in it chose the Lavender-Rose.  I have one that always always loves her Earl Grey.  One of our newcomers on the tour chose their Crème Brulee (black tea with caramel).  Someone chose Blue Lady (coconut creme with strawberry + kiwi and blue flowers), which is their best seller.  And we had Ginger Peach, which is one of their decaffeinated options.  Great selection of teas, lots to try + they were all wonderful!  The water temp wasn’t right when we had our first pours, but they came around with hot water a few times to remedy that.

tea

They have five levels of tea service.  All of us chose the Traditional Tea.  We got 4 finger sandwiches, TWO scones (loved that part) with fixings of course, and an assortment of sweets.  All beautifully presented.  When I say they ‘pulled out all the stops’, I really meant they bent over backwards for us.  When our server mentioned the tea sandwich selections they were offering for the day, my girlfriends each wanted different ones.  She totally took care of us and got each sandwich order just perfect!  I kept thanking her + I just completely commend her for such extraordinary service.

soup

We all started with a soup (which I’m getting used to).  I feel terrible that I didn’t get a shot of their Tomato Bisque, as their kinda known for it.  All my girls loved it.  My SIL even got another order to-go!  I chose the Sweet Potato Soup with Wasabi Creme, becaaaause I’m kind of a wasabi fiend + I do love me some sweet potatoes.  It was SO GOOD.  I didn’t want to fill up on the soup to save room for the tier, and our server so sweetly boxed the rest up for me.

tier

chicken artichoke

All of our sandwiches were open-faced, with the exception of the cucumber.  This is their Chicken-Artichoke Salad Sandwich, which is just as marvelous as it sounds.  The ratio of ingredients is perfect, and it’s not too creamy.  The salad moistens the bread nicely, so you get that gooey chewy bite!  (Don’t mind me, I’m a bread lover.)

cheddar chutney

Their Cheddar Chutney Sandwich.  To die for.  The toast they put it on was addicting!!  And the mixture was just heaven.  I’m so sad I couldn’t have more of this one, since I can’t have cheddar…but I was so happy I tried it!

curry

Here’s their Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich.  Again, ratios: spot on.  It’s super important (to me anyway!) to not have so much cream going on so you can taste what’s actually in the mixture.  Their curry option was again just right.

cucumber

Traditional Cucumber.  Wonderful ending.  It was refreshing + scrumptious.  (My SIL kept laughing at me for trying to get the perfect shot of this sandwich!!)

Their sweets were wonderful!  The scones (I believe we had Cinnamon Raisin and a Walnut) came with strawberry jam + devon cream.  Very good, with a nice crunch.  They also had this Lemon Curd Tart with a raspberry on top.  That was tart, only had a bite.  The Coconut Cake though…I could’ve licked the plate!  It was the most moist cake and the frosting was so creamy + gooey.  (Okay, my mouth just filled up with water.)  Excellent desserts.

scone          lemon curd

cake

I saved the best for last…  The service = IMPECCABLE.  Not a skipped beat.  Our server (and really the whole family!  We even got to meet Momma!!) was just THEE BEST.  Personable, warm, generous + swift.  We really couldn’t have been treated better.  And there were so many of us!?  She thoroughly explained everything, brought us whatever we needed.  Her best friend, who also worked there, came to our table a few times with interesting combos of loose leaf teas to smell.  They really just showed us a spectacular time.  At the end of our meal, our check was broken down precisely to the penny and they took care of each of us (wait for it) individually!!?!  That was just the topping on that miracle cake!!  I can really go on about how wonderful they were to us, but I think you’re getting the picture right?!

Of all the spots I’ve shared with you, please go visit this one.  You will have an amazing time, enjoy some yummy food, sip delicious tea, and just have a great afternoon.  Make sure you stop my that antique mall too!  Okay, until next time lovelies…  ;)

2nd Leg FULL!

scone

We are fully booked for our 2nd Leg of parTEAwithme’s California Tea House Tour!!  We have just added 8 more Tea House Spots!  We look forward to each new Tea House and can’t wait to share our thoughts with you!  Hope you have been reveling in the journey as much as we have been…

 

A humongous  T H A N K  Y O U  to all who have followed + supported!!  We have been getting so much traffic on the site DAILY!  You are wonderful.  See you back in a few days with our reflections from the next Spot!  It’s supposed to be a really good one!?  ;)

my raTEAng

I’ve decided, after every 6 Spots, I’m going to give you my rating (see what I did there ^ ?!) from least favorite spot to my best pick!  This should be fun!!

6. Secret Garden Tea House, San Francisco – Filthy place with yummy scones.

fixed scone

5. Lovejoy’s Tea Room, San Francisco – Pretentious area with spectacular Black Vanilla tea.

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4. Quail & Thistle Tea Room, Capitola – Adorable building with overwhelming all-in-one plate.

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3. Crown & Crumpet Tea Stop Café, San Francisco – Unforgettable crumpets and scrumptious tea sandwiches.

teapot

2. The Palace Hotel Garden Court, San Francisco – Breathtaking surroundings and flawless food.

Zucchini

1. The English Rose Tea Room, Pleasanton – A hundred delectable teas and textbook shabby chic décor.

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If you have visited these spots or are following us on the Tour, please send us your thoughts + raTEAngs!!

Spot #6 :: Secret Garden Tea House

Our 6th Spot:

Secret Garden Tea Room

721 Lincoln Way  San Francisco, CA 94122

http://www.secretgardenteahouse.com

building

Ugh.  I’m so not excited to review this place…  This is basically how I felt about it:

bites

Period.  But…you know I will ALWAYS give you my honest opinion, and I think it’s only fair that owners know what their business is putting out there.  And hopefully, in some way, my blog posts (and Yelp reviews) help them to better their service.  As a business owner myself, I would welcome the same treatment.

Let’s start with their website.  It wasn’t inviting or appealing to me, so already my anticipation for this spot was lowered.  They communicated very well, when making arrangements for reservations.  The owner (I believe she was), called me within a reasonable amount of time to acknowledge my voicemail message.  She even left her personal cell phone number, and assured me she was available to confirm my reservation whenever I was ready.  We exchanged emails regarding my head count number, and our preordered tea service selections.  I liked that email was an option for corresponding, as being a busy mom a quick email is sometimes preferred than a telephone conversation.

Okay-  this is why they are getting a negative review from me.  Their tea room was F-I-L-T-H-Y.  We are all well aware of those local restaurants that are too dirty to be in business.  This tea house reminded me of one of them.  Décor was cute.  Reminiscent of all the shabby chic elements with that vintage floral print.  The china was right, and the chandeliers were gorgeous.  BUT-  the curtains were disgusting!!  Not just dingy, but outright soiled + offensive.  I WISH I got a good picture of them, but I do not want to remember those.  It was bad enough, they were my view for the afternoon that contributed to my ruined appetite.  They brought our tea kettles with USED labels on them!!?!  Whooo knoooows how many people have put their gubby hands on those!?  It was sickening.  Forreal.

chandelier

room          room 2

room 3          room 4

room 5          room 6

dirty tag

The teas were okay, not the best.  At our table, we had Jasmine Blossom (green tea layered with jasmine blossoms), Cherries in the Snow (cherry flavored), Mango Moon (black tea from India with mango pieces + marigold flowers), Chocolate Raspberry Truffle (chocolate raspberry flavor), Mid-Summer Night Dream (creamy overtones with vanilla + orange flavor), and Victorian Vanilla (black tea + natural vanilla).  Since I’m on this black vanilla kick, I had to order that option.  I was hoping it would be similar to the one I had at the last spot, but not even close.  First of all, it had a ‘curry’ smell to it.  (Yes, I said “curry.”)  It didn’t carry over into the flavor, but it was nothing to rave about either.  I thought it was rather bland.  :/  The others I tried were the chocolate raspberry [very disappointing], and mango [I hurried to finish that one, so I could move on].

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The food…  You saw my first photo, right??  I couldn’t handle more than a bite of ANYTHING!?  Yuck, yuck, and more yuck.  I tasted em based purely on having to tell you guys about it.  Took photos, but those wouldn’t be helping anybody.  I had the Smoke Turkey with Baby Dill and Lemon Capers Cream first.  It tasted like turkey with margarita mix!!?!  I would not do that again to myself!  Next, I had the Egg + Chives.  Egg = yum.  Chives = yum.  Theirs = eh.  Even though it was eh, that was the only sandwich I finished to have some savory breaks in my mouth from all the sweetness.  They must love sugar.  They had a Sweet Orange Cranberry Cream sandwich.  (Yeah, who told you to make a diabetic tea sandwich option?!)  My girlfriend really liked it, but I thought it was really sweet.  Cucumber + Hummus, was my next choice.  I like both of those, they shouldn’t be bad together right?  Right??  “What the mother of crap is up with this stuff?!” -Phoebe.  Uhh, the hummus was oh so wrong.  Please, please add garlic or something to your hummus recipe.  I went for the Sweet (uh-huh, sweet again) Curry Chicken with Raisins.  Not bad, this is the second one I had to finish to ease all the sugar.  Apple Cinnamon and Vanilla Cheese (also had slices of green apple), wasn’t a half bad sandwich.  But, it was just PACKED with the cream cheese…picture a dog eating peanut butter.  Mm-hm.  The Tuna Salad (I was very unhappy I saved that for last, let alone put it in my mouth) tasted like it’s been left out ALL DAY.  It was so fishy, forreal.  Probably should not have been served.  After all this disapproval, my SIL persuaded me to try (their answer to a savory) this spicy curry mixture on a crostini.  It was good, but still something was off about it.  I wanted to have more of the crostini BY ITSELF, then have to eat any more of what was served to me this afternoon.

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sandwiches          scones

The service was remarkable.  Each of the ladies that came to our table were very sweet.  The price point wasn’t bad.  We left a good tip, since they were kind.  However, I will NOT be coming back to this spot.

Ohh, the scone!!  The scone was delightful!!  It was Apple Cinnamon, our server said “she thinks.”  At first, they felt so hard!?  I had to saw it open with my butter knife, crumbs everywhere.  The clotted cream was fine, but whatever the preserves were-  it reminded me of slices of tuna sashimi!!?!  It was so gelatinous, you couldn’t even spread it?!  Funny thing though…it was good!  Best part of the tea service was that darn crispy scone that we “think” was apple cinnamon.  Thanks for the scone guys!