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Tea Tray in the Sky, Porter Sq, Cambridge

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Tea Tray in the Sky, Porter Sq, Cambridge

Limster | Jul 10, 2002 12:38 AM

Here, tea is served in a (dare I say?) cafe-ish setting, with stylish transparent teapots sitting on a one-candle warmer, with matching transparent tea cups. The bright whimsical colors of Disney-esque fairy tale cartoons are all over the place. References to Alice in Wonderland are obvious enough (name, wall mural, checkerboard floor), even though the happy, friendly servers are much saner than the tea quaffing hatter.

There's a reasonable selection of savory and sweet edibles, but I just wanted to relax with a gentle brew.

The tea selection itself is vast, culling leaves and petals from Eurpoe and Asia, and run the gamut from black to green (with all intermediate shades of flavor), as well as about 10-15 tisanes or herbal infusions.

They don't brew the Chinese and Japanese teas with the flavor enhancing rituals; instead, the leaves are steeped continuously in a pot. I figured I would stick to something that was more native to this pot brewing, and a herbal infusion didn't seem too inappropriate.

The linden was soothing, with very mild and soft golden flavors and an intangible sweetness that somehow reminded me of barley. A generous pot was $3.75.

A very pleasant manner to while away an hour or so.

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