Tea House at Japanese Gardens

Tea House at Japanese Gardens

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APPEARANCE
We stumbled upon this wonderful cafe at the peaceful Japanese garden absolutely by chance, after a great walking tour. The delicate and subtle pagoda style house was at the heart of the park, with an almost temple look and feel. Enjoying traditional meals and listening to the flowing water seemed like a serene idea for our morning. Another option was to relax in the secluded back area surrounded by a rock wall made of diverse shapes.

SWIRL & NOSE
We sat on unique wooden chairs adorned by black metal. Our wooden tables were a perfect match too. Finely finished concrete floor felt earthy and warm under our feet - total tranquility. We ended up with Japanese Tea, Sandwiches Assortment as well as a Miso Soup and a Hojicha tea.

PALATE
A bowl of Miso soup to warm up was nothing particularly memorable, but very much enjoyed given the chill weather that day. Sandwiches, on the other hand, were quite a delight. Tuna Salad, Apple and Cheese, Turkey and Cucumber, Turkey and Cream Cheese, all on pale white bread. Each one had a unique taste, we especially liked the Turkey and Cucumber variety with thinly sliced, almost translucent, vegetables giving a hint of freshness.

We learned that Hojicha Tea was roasted in a porcelain pot over charcoal, not steamed. Also that it was made from Bancha which is a late summer tea harvest with the leaves turning from green to brown. The brew had earthy, nutty and slightly smokey flavor to it.

FINISH
he sandwiches were tiny, so don’t come here expecting a lot of food. We found that quality and experience heavily outweighed the relatively small portions. Enjoy the flowing water next to your feet, listen to the birds and suck in some sun, while having a snack. Often times beautiful moments and spaces miss that activity to make them truly memorable - a food experience is an ideal option.

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