Today, around 3pm, my friend and I stopped in to Tiger Blossom restaurant for an afternoon snack of dim sum.
Tiger Blossom, for those of you who dont know, is a newish pan-Asian restaurant on the corner of Bowery and 3rd. Their decor is stylish and cute, and the menu has always looked interesting, so we thought wed try it for a bite.
The place was dead empty, save for us, and we ordered an assortment of dumplings, spring rolls, and sushi rolls (priced reasonably at $2-6 per little plate). The menu, which was their lunch menu, did not list any drinks or dessert, so my friend asked: "What drinks do you have?" The waiter answered: "Sake, beer, and wine." My friend said "Ill have a coffee," and I added "Ill have a cup of tea." The waiter took our order to the kitchen and soon brought us our food.
The food was less than remarkable. The spring rolls tasted freezer-burned, the veggie dumplings tasteless, and the lobster eel roll had only microscopic amounts of seafood, padded with a golf-ball sized amount of rice.
Well, when I got the check, I couldnt believe it, but they had charged me $6.00 for my tea! My friends coffee was $2.25, so I assumed this was a mistake, so I called the waiter over, and asked him. He told me it was the correct price. When I asked him how tea could be $6, and he said, "because we only use the finest teas." This, when, I wasnt even given a tea menu to choose from, like in most restaurants with fine tea selections. I hadnt even been given a choice, and had so expected standard-issue chinese black tea or Liptons.
Anyhow, I told him I that he should have told me that tea there cost $6, if it wasnt on the menu, and he simply shrugged, and left me with my bill. It was mid-day, and a holiday, else I would have spoken to a manager, so I was just left to pay my bill, and leave.
Anyhow, thought Id share. There are certainly enough other pan-Asian restuarants in the city to visit (with better food) that people need not patronize this one.