My favorite teahouse in the Austin area!! Riva, the owner (and tea master) is a wonderfully warm person. If you do not already know how, she will teach you to gong fu your tea. If, like me, you already do this, she can help you refine your technique! You will never meet a stranger there and each night the shop is open there is something going on; poetry, movies, games, etc. If you are a true tea lover, you may get the chance to come on a day she is not open to learn the formal gongfu ceremony. She also teaches classes for Mahjong, Chinese and tea preperation. The shop is tucked back in a corner and doesn't look like much from the outside, but it the most fabulous teahouse in this region!!!
The tea here is very good and the food is delicious, but the atmosphere is a bit too upscale for my taste - not cozy at all. However, it is a very nice place to take friends and family for a special treat or to grab a cup of tea at lunch or on the way home.