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1927 Fairview St, Houston, TX | Directions 7701929.744718 -95.404938
Neighborhoods: Neartown/ Montrose, Central
Not what I expected – When I read that the entire tea room could be rented for "girlie luncheons" or tea parties, the image of a quaint, "proper" tea house came to mind. This was not the case. Tables were dirty and the service was lousy. Basically, this place looks right for college kids with laptops. If you're looking for a fancy little tea shop for the girls this is not it.
Great place for tea and incredible crepes – What a pleasant place! I've been to the House of Tea twice now. Both times, I've been treated to great tea, surprisingly adventurous food, and friendly service. I'm still learning about tea, so I was grateful that the young men behind the counter were patient enough to walk me through the immense lists of teas that line the walls. On my first visit, I settled on a basic but flavorful Japanese green tea. I also had the Margherita panini, which was amazing, and a dessert crepe with lemons and powdered sugar. On my second visit, I had a Russian black tea with fruity undertones. I ordered the soup of the day, which was a very spicy-but very good--pepper soup, and a savory crepe with ham, chicken, and cream sauce. Both meals were wonderful.
The atmosphere is so tranquil and unhurried, the decor is simple and tasteful. I will definitely be back!
Not my cup of tea – I went to this shop because of reading good reviews. This was not my experience. The service was not what it should have been. The boy did not know much about tea, and they do not know how to make good tea. Newspapers were all over and the table was dirty. It was not an alluring atmosphere to me. The music was too loud and did not fit a tea shop atmosphere. The food was just so so. I won't go back.
Calming tea in a calming place – What a place to slow your pace of life down! Located conveniently right in the middle of the Montrose area, the House of Tea is my most recent discovery, and I'm very delighted with the place. Great for reading alone, meeting friends, or studying. Clean lines, and comfortable seating everywhere. And, of course, an extensive collection of teas. Though understated, their oolongs are top-quality, surprising taste in every cup. Ask to see their Pu-erh brick; another excellent tea. And they have a large collection of Japanese teas, intertwined in their list along with all the floral and fruity blended green teas.
But what surprised me recently was their food. I went several times and ordered just what was in the deli case -- good stuff too, all the pastries are made in-house, rich but not too sweet. But, then I finally noticed the menu: hey, sandwiches and salads?! Crepes too! These are all hand-made selections (so, sometimes expect a wait), done on excellent breads. But, they have some creative taste combinations that ... just work. Chicken, cranberry and brie; delicious! Curry chicken salad; flavorful! Fresh-made sweet crepes. These are all very original food offerings, and provide a nice complement to your tea.
Nice Neighborhood Gathering Spot with WIFI – A small quaint house where they serve black, green and white teas along with some specialty tea mixes. They also have sweets and a few sandwiches. Tables and chairs for eating and a couple of couches for just sitting. It is WIFI connected for bringing your laptop. I have bought some of their teapots for my own home. I wish they had a wider selection of food for lunch. I struggled to find something to eat. The food is average nothing exceptional. Also they are not very knowlegable about the teas, I asked questions trying to pick something and they are pretty much ' clueless' and you are left on your own to decide.
River Oaks area tea room for international teas, light meals and an alluring atmosphere. – In Short
This certified tea room offers customers a chance to sample tea from around the world. Coffeehouse converts scatter about the cozy room working at tables or reclining on couches as they sip from pots of tea. The creative menu includes breakfast (savory and sweet crepes, English crumpets, scones, croissants and muesli), light snacks and entree-sized salads. Lunch features daily soups, quiche, and baguette and panini sandwiches. Friday and Saturday nights feature light jazz and folk performances.
Love this place! – All too often, tea houses are stuffy, frilly places trying to impress you with their specific rendition of an English high tea. Well if you're more interested in really good tea and great bites to eat than doilies and crumpets, Te is the place for you. And if you're like me, the fact that their teas are Fair Trade and their mission is to be as "green" as possible really hits home. I love everything about the place and hope to enjoy this great little addition to our neighborhood as often as possible. As for the lack of knowledge shown by some of their staff mentioned by one reviewer, I understand their point. If you're new to tea, it can be a bit daunting. It would be nice if ALL of the staff knew more about the offerings, but if you need some help, I've found that either Connie or Alyson (the owners) can help.
Tea is something to be enjoyed in peace, by yourself or with friends. Té House of Tea has succeeded in creating a place of peace, a feeling of zen. In this small shop, there's a variety of sitting locations, each with its own ambience, from center court to private nook tucked away in the corner. Comfortable bunkette seatings line the walls. Excellent tea selection, with a very knowledge and friendly staff (advice: get to know the owners, Connie and Alyson; they are very accessible and know a lot about teas). Creative and delicious food choices abound, from breakfast crepes to salad sandwiches and lunches. Check out the homemade green tea or chai ice creams, as well as the Irish fifteens or petworth pudding. Yum!
Not what we expected – We appreciate independently owned shops mostly because the service pays more attention to detail. None of the employees could explain the differences in the teas or make any reccomendations. This knowledge of your products is essential to any business, especially one that specializes in teas. One employee could not even explain the kinds of desserts in the pasty case, what was in them, or what they were called. We are unsure if this LACK OF ATTENTION was due to a general ignorance of products or general apathy.
An oasis – Te is a welcome addition to this area. What sets it apart is the comfort factor with the combination of sofas and tables and chairs. Te is the kind of place you can have lunch with friends or enjoy a leisurely pot of tea (and a pastry) while reading a book on your own.
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