[I’m still calling this one Spot 22, because I still intend to visit Spot 21!]
Our 22nd Spot:
37501 Niles Boulevard Fremont, CA 94536
It was hard for me to remember to take photos of this Spot, because I was so familiar. So, my apologies that I don’t have many from inside. I saved this Spot for last, because not only was it special to me (being my FIRST tea house experience) but it also pulled rank for me when it came to Bay Area Tea Houses. Every single Tea Spot we’ve been to, I based my review off of my experiences here. Needless to say, this place is G-O-O-D.
Since this Tea House is center of the Niles District in Fremont, CA, it is surrounded by antique everything! It’s not too decorated in there, but it has enough to make you feel special when you walk in. They have their signature pink table covers, (my favorite) mismatched chairs, and only because of the Halloween season are the napkins black this time of year. Tons of cute vintage china and silverware on the tabletops, and lots to look at!
I have to say- I am a bit NERVOUS to review a place I’ve fallen in love with since the first time stepping foot into it almost 5 years ago!? I will do my very best to put in words, what has brought me so much joy in recent years…
Where do I start?! Okay (deep breath)- making reservations was always painless here. You call, they take your party number, they ask of the occasion, thoroughly explain what to expect for your tea service, give you a price, and you’re all done! 2 weeks before your reservation, they’ll call you to confirm your headcount. Something new they’ve implemented, is serving ONLY their house tea (which is very good, I might add) for big parties. As an always busy tea house, they simply can’t steep 10 different pots of tea for every reserved table. Understandable. They will steep a pot of decaf for your party, upon request. I did speak with the owner’s mother prior to our visit, and asked if my party agreed on 1 or 2 additional non-decaf pots if that would be okay. She graciously accepted our request! And, don’t get me started on our server that day…who, I told my girlfriends would get tired of me using his name (Hehe.), but calmly + collectedly granted each favor with a willing spirit!! Loved him.
[Again, please forgive me as the lighting in there isn’t the best for photography. It is a building that is over 100-years-old. That, and I’m very amateur! I’ve been practicing shots without flash… But, the ones I got from today aren’t that great. The shots WITH flash will be my best bet to use! 😉 ]
For our table of 10, we shared a pot of their House Tea which is a black tea with strawberry + kiwi. Then, I ordered the table a Ginger Peach Decaf and a Lemon Chiffon Cake tea. They do offer quite a selection, and if I’m not mistaken aside from their house tea, most if not all of the teas they offer is from the Republic of Tea brand. Best grocery store tea brand, in my opinion. And, I gathered this as they sell Republic of Tea canisters in their shop.
Their House Tea is delightful. Equal amounts of both flavor profiles, and not too strong.
The Ginger Peach Decaf is an icon for them, I think. When I first visited, this was the tea I chose to try. Even now, when I steep my RoT’s ginger peach daily green at home- I’m ALWAYS reminded of fond times at Tyme for Tea!! Every time! It’s a refreshing catch-you-off-guard in a good way tea.
Since having Couples Tea with my husband + our beer fam (we do craft beer tasting once a month) some years back, every single time I come here never fail- I HAVE to HAVE their Lemon Chiffon Cake tea. The funny thing is, I would have never chosen that in a million years!! Haha. This was my husband’s choice, and I fell head-over-heels in love with it (like I did him!). It’s the most creamiest, comfortingest, luxurious tea all in one. Here’s how you know it’s good: we had 3 refills of it in the few hours we were there!? Go get some.
Their scones have always been good here. Let me tell you a funny story… I hated scones. When I saw them at a bakery or at your local Starbucks, I couldn’t grasp WHY people wanted to put that dry crumbly stuff in their mouths!? Then- I had one at Tyme for Tea. It was warm, with crispy edges and chewy insides! I had cream and lemon curd and strawberry preserves with it! I never knew the “real” way to eat scones, until I came here!! What had happened was: my first experience with one was NOT warmed + DRY! So, thank you to Tyme for Tea for introducing me to the real scone experience! (high five) Today’s flavor was Blueberry Lemon. Just as delicious as the first time I had one there. (P.S. Hopefully you come on a day when they’re doing their apricot ones!! Ughhh! To die.)
They do their Cucumber tea sandwich with butter. It adds this richness, different from the usual cream cheese. I’ve always liked the sneaky piece of radish in the middle that they add. It gives this refreshing pop of flavor that you don’t get with most general tea house cucumber sandwiches. Then, the dusting of dill on top coats your mouth with a cool herb hint.
Their savories ALWAYS knock it out of the park. Little Mushroom Turnovers that pack a punch! The crust is perfect, and a filling even non-mushroom-lovers will love.
This Spinach Pinwheel was everything you could ask for + more! That pastry- oh!! The filling- yum! I was actually MOANING (yes, moaning) whilst eating this. Writing this, the memories are just killing me! Give me morrrrre!!
They have not changed their tea sandwich menu OR recipes since I first went to visit them 5 years ago. And, I applaud them for that. One of my favorite mottos that I truly believe is: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. You can expect to have these quality tea sandwiches every time you visit there. This is their Chicken Salad on Wheat. Look. At. All. That. FILLING!!?! Forreal, it’s pretty much a full sandwich. I almost never finish this one! Complimentary flavors, and the nuts on top give it wonderful texture.
This Cheddar Jalapeno Toast I can’t ever have. Lactose intolerant, and can’t take too much spicy. BUT- I have tried it, and it is magnificent! In the past, I have scraped off what I can and have just eaten to toast. Not cute, I know. But the bread is crazy good! I usually take mine home to the Huz, and he loves it.
No, I didn’t have all 3 of those petit fours! Hehe. They are just so pretty, I had to include all in the photo shoot! These desserts have only changed once, since 5 years ago. They used to serve Biscoff Lotus biscuits which were a nostalgic plus in my book! But, these signature sweets are not bad at all. Of course, after all that luscious cake tea and savories, I could only manage a bite of each (you know how I do!). Just to say I had it all! Ha! The Shortbread Cookie is a homemade recipe; chewy + good. The Petit Fours all have different flavors per each color (there’s also a white + brown one). All equally exquisite; soft cake and creamy layers. And that Peanut Butter baklava-esque truffle… Ohhh, signature treat of theirs for sure. After my bite, that one goes straight into my peanut butter-loving husband’s belly!
The service is always 5-star when I come here. I’ve never had a bad time, and that’s what contributes to this place being my Number 1! I believe it’s family owned (which I value), and they treat you MORE than such. They are there to give you thee BEST tea house experience of your life!! And, every time I’ve come in, I can expect no less. Thank you Tyme for Tea! I’m so happy we ended with you.
What a great afternoon!! Most of my “regulars” came and we just enjoyed the last moments of this beyond words Tea House Tour!