THE best tea house around! I would like to spread the word that their food is EXCELLENT - I would easily rate their menu as 4-star - yes, REALLY! They are thought of primarily for tea, but I'd like to see Essencha stay open a little later for dinner, as they have some of the finest food in the city. Healthy, light fare, appropriately portioned (but no skimping) instead of huge, calorie-packing servings. Their menu delightfully satisfies, but doesn't make you feel stuffed. This is the way everyone should eat. I was stunned at how truly marvelous the food is; fresh and unique, artfully prepared and presented and not pricey! Crepes, sandwiches, soups, salads - and, yes, scones and decadent desserts if you need induldgence! Their mousse is heavenly! The price of coffee is skyrocketing, so embrace loose tea! Throw those horrible teabags away, and drink GOOD tea! Tea bags are full of just 'fannings', which is merely the dust at the 'bottom of the barrel' that all the other countries know doesn't have much flavor, so they put it in bags and sell it in the US, where we don't know any better. Go loose leaf, and I promise you that you won't be able to go back to tea bags! Don't be intimidated - It's not diffucult at all to make, and it will open up a whole new world for you! .. Back to Essencha: Great tea selection and knowledgeable, friendly staff who are glad to educate you on tea should you have questions.
Thanks so much for the kind words, Laurie! Our chefs do deserve good props, so I will share this nice feedback with them.<BR> <BR> We've tried staying open later in the past, but the construction in front of our store has really hurt our biz and we just couldn't afford it anymore, but maybe in the future? Thx again for your support! :)