|Entrance to Cha-An Tea House|
|Inside of the tea house|
Set A - $18
15 Grain Rice Porridge
A Daily Side Dish
5 Kinds of Toppings
This set came with a big bowl of hearty rice porridge and five small side dishes (including salmon, two types of pickled veggies, bean sprouts, and small fishies). The side dish was a mushroom and chicken type stew/dish. All seemed very traditional.
Set B - $22
Today's Soup and Two Side Dishes
Soy Milk Quiche w/Mushrooms & Scallions
Tea Smoked Salmon
15 Grain Rice
|Soy Milk Quiche|
You'll notice that I crossed-out "choice of tea" from both sets. Apparantly, each set used to come with tea but as of January 2012 they eliminated the tea option in order to maintain the same quality standard while battling rising food costs (or so their posted sign said). An order of tea alone starts at $7 so the elimination of tea is pretty much a 30% increase in the price of the meal!
Overall, you can tell that all the food was definitely made with care. Nothing tasted bad but, other than the quiche, nothing really stuck out as special or had me hankering for more (or at least planning my next trip). This lack in spark, coupled with the price increase from the tea elimination and Cha-An's no substitution policy (due to their limited menu) sadly leaves me to give the Cha-An meals a...
Piggys says No!
HOWEVER, what I didn't discuss in this post was the dessert that came with the sets nor the tea that we ordered. These both DID have me hankering for more and I HAVE returned (multiple times!) for more tea and dessert. I loved both so much that I am dedicating my next post to discussing Cha-An's dessert and tea...stay tuned!! For now, I leave you with a teaser photo of whats to come -
|Teaser: dessert! Catch my next post for more...|