Were it not for the fact that my mechanic is across the street I may never have discovered Koriente, a cozy restaurant and tea house on the corner of East 7th Street at Sabine. Although a few months passed before I had the opportunity to visit for lunch, I am delighted to say the Hummus Roll in a thin tapioca wrap ($4) was very fresh and tasty. It is served with a choice of two sauces but I requested both to taste and was graciously accommodated.
The piece de resistance for me, however, is the green tea ice cream, listed on the menu as Sundae Daydream ($3). Yes, it is ice cream but so light and refreshingly delicious...it surely must be healthy, too.
On other occasions friends and I have tried the Lemon Marinated Salmon (the Friday Special $8), the classic Bulgogi & Veggies ($7) and the MixMix Bibimbap ($6) but always always... always end the meal with green tea ice cream.
Next time I'm going for the Ka-re, a Korean-style curry ($6).
Oh, one more thing - it's a tea house so the selection is plentiful. My favorite is the Wedding Tea, which is a white tea (the highest in antioxidents of all teas but with very little caffeine).
And one more thing, too. While the remodeling of this little building was going full tilt in preparation for opening and all that entails, the owners planted all the available green space surrounding their location with the most beautiful gardens full of color, texture, variety...small oasises in the midst of concrete and asphalt. What a lovely concept.
621 E. 7th @ Sabine 275-0852 Koriente.com
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