Dave Greenbaum aka DoctorDave
HOUSE OF CHá is a welcome oasis in a sea of caffeine crazed and hyper-active college kids. The atmosphere is cozy. You won't find a bunch of third-place office types working hear. No power connectors and sprawling desks. This is a place to sit, talk, and relax. The front window reminds me of a typical Zen rock garden: peaceful and calming. While I don't consider myself a tea expert, I do think the tea here is outstanding. A great variety of herbal and oolong teas. The presentation is the key: classy custom teapots along with a tray of rock sugar and honey. Tea here is meant to be sipped and enjoyed, not merely gulped down in a rush I'm not a big bubble tea fan, but I hear it's the best in town. I did try the red bean one and it was great. Reminded me of the sesame balls you get at Dim Sum. Gary Patterson is from the US, but spends extensive time in Taiwan, where his wife is from. He knows tea inside and out and will be glad to tell you. If you are lucky, he'll sit down and chat with you at the head table. If you are really lucky, he'll bring out his personal teapot and stash of prized teas. Highly recommend the place!