I reviewed this teahouse on my blog not too long ago. http://www.tea-guy.com/2009/02/essencha_teahouse/ It's one of my favorite local places to go. The decor and music are relaxing. The staff is pretty knowledgeable and the tea offered is in a good variety and quality. The food I had was a bit simple, but it was pretty tasty. Overall, I think Essencha is a bit pricy for what you get, but it remains on my list of favored venues as its the ONLY contemporary (non-victorian) teahouse in the area.