While I have to admit that the teas are good and they serve them expertly, it's not a place I would go to again. Elitist is the word... the decor is too uber-modern and sparse to be welcoming, while their service is distant at best, and superior at worst. I feel like I should be making more money and knowing more things than I do to come here.
This is one of my favorite places. Their selection is broad, their staff is amazingly knowledgable, and their atmosphere is calm and lovely. It definitely does not look like the picture shown here--there are four traditional low tables on tatami mats (take off your shoes!), as well as regular table-and-chairs. Each regular table has its own lamp, and combined with the quiet atmosphere it makes Far Leaves the perfect place to study. Their regular tea service is served in a gaiwan, or you can request a traditional gongfu service. They're happy to let you nurse your pot all day, and they don't mind if you bring in outside food - there's a good sushi place next door, and my friends and I regularly eat trays of sushi while sipping tea and studying. They don't serve coffee though, so my boyfriend doesn't like coming to tea with me here :*(. But I give this place an A+!
The atmosphere is cool and interesting, with a tropical island feel. There are comfy chairs and regular old tables, and there's a really pretty outside patio in back. I would give their selection of traditional teas a 7 out of 10, while their tisane selection is a 9 out of 10. Some very interesting and yummy blends (try Root 66). They also serve coffee, which is nice for my coffee-loving boyfriend.