I'm not much on tea to begin with, but after my kid went to London a few years back, he can't seem to get enough of the stuff. So, when a co-worker suggested that we go to Chado's for lunch, after some apprehension I figured, 'Sure - why not?' I'm a connoisseur of other things brewed - namely beer and coffee - and have a decent knowledge of both. However, when I saw the book length menu of teas here, I was quite overwhelmed. Still, I know what flavors I like in most things brewed, and after reading a few of the many, many detailed descriptions, I decided to give the Mauritius a try. Turns out it's their most popular. As for the food...well, I'm a Texas gal (all of the southern charm, none of the otherworldly weirdness) raised in New York (yo! howbouddacuppacowfee), and now live in LA (none of me is augmented - I'm 100% all 'Nat'-ural). All that to say that dainty tea sammiches and clotted cream jus ain't my thang. However, every time I've had lunch at this place - including today - I've enjoyed it. My Mauritius tea is strong and black with hints of vanilla. And the Chado chicken salad is simple but tasty. I've not sampled the ever popular triple-decker Afternoon Tea, but all my colleagues rave about it, so I'll have to give it a try some day. Still, after dining here, I always feel as though I've 'classed up' just a bit. Now that's sayin' somthin!