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Restaurants with good tea service

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Restaurants with good tea service

Ruth Lafler | Nov 18, 2007 08:48 AM

Since serious tea drinkers are a neglected minority, I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of full-service restaurants (not tea shops or places that otherwise specialize in drinks), that have good tea service. And no, I don't mean bagged tea, no matter how fancy either the tea or the presentation box, I mean loose tea. Of course virtually all Chinese restaurants serve loose tea, so I'm also excluding the basic Chinese restaurant, but if you know of one that offers a good selection of teas, that would be worth a mention.

I'll start with a few:

Town Hall (a choice of loose teas served in iron pots)
Absinthe (I don't remember the pots, but they offered a selection of loose teas)
Lalime's (served in those glass pots with the plunger)

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Town Hall Restaurant
342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
398 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Lalime's
1329 Gilman, Berkeley, CA 94706

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