San Francisco holds an abundance of beautifully designed cafes with excellent coffee and it is one of the things that I love most about this city. I thought I would share a handful of my favorites from my last visit in January.
Gosh, I had a super-busy day at work today, but I guess that’s why it’s called work and not twerk. In between Very Important Meetings and stuff, some of my SF busy business lady colleagues took me out to lunch at an adorbz tea lounge near our office. I think busy daddy would have lurved this place! Rather than pairing their lunches with wine or booze (like the Europians), they pair their lunches with different kinds of tea. It all seemed Very Hippy-Dippy Californian, but not in an obnoxious, That’s So Raven kind of way.
I had the salmon lunch, which was totes yum, but the best part was the kale salad. Who knew that kale tasted so good, amirite? I sure didn’t because when I think of kale, I usually think blech. But this kale salad was delicious! Maybe because it was soaked in dressing? The seaweed salad was also yum, but you usually can’t go wrong with seaweed, unless you soaked it in crap. And by crap, I mean feces. I don’t think crap would taste very good.
I might be deluding myself in thinking that I’ve snapped back to a normal time zone, when, in fact, my body is probably still on Central European Time. Which means my body thinks it’s, like, 7:30 in the morning. I should probably go to bed.
Offering a variety of teas from around the globe, Samovar Tea Lounge is the perfect place to grab a light meal and delicious cup of tea! With themed tea menus, you can indulge in tea and snacks from a variety of countries. I had the oppourtunity to try the Moorish Tea Service, the Russia Tea Service, and the Grilled Agor Cheese Sandwich.
All three menu items were delicious and unique. I will admit, the food was not super filling, but the experience was well worth it, so i'd recommend this place for if you’re in the mood for a light in between lunch and dinner meal.
The Grilled Agor Cheese sandwich was a spin off of the traditional grilled cheese. It included sun dried tomato, pesto, and was served on whole-wheat ciabatta. The Moorish Tea service was the best plate we ordered that day. Gaining inspiration from the Middle East and Africa, the Moorish service included Halloumi (a type of cheese) and veggie kebabs, mint salad, hummus, roasted egg plant, greek yogurt, herbed crackers, and chèvre-stuffed dates. The Russia Tea Service included tarragon-marinated beets, smoked whitefish and horseradish, deviled egg with caviar, herbed crackers, fresh fruit, and a chocolate brownie for dessert!
When it came time for tea, we decided to try a variety. I had the Jasmine Tea Lemonade which was incredibly floral, sweet, citrusy, and refreshing. I also tried the Samovar Masala Chai, which was sweet and spicy. It was classic black tea mixed with cloves, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, palm nectar, and milk. It was creamy and delicious. The last tea I tried was the Samovar Russian Blend. This tea was very interesting and tasted very unique, but enjoyable. It was a strong black tea, with a smoky, sweet, and fruity flavor.
If you’re in the mood for exotic tea and menu items, make a trip to Samovar Tea Lounge!
Tea Sweets platter, Samovar Tea Lounge, Zen Valley, San Francisco. My favorite: the Brownie with Green Tea Mousse. Delicious! We didn’t finish the desserts because the tea service & cheese platter was so delicious. The desserts went back to her husband. :)