I convinced a group of Chowhounds to descend upon EURA Cafe today. It's one of my favorite neighborhood joints; impossibly adorable interior (as described by the owner: "Like your living room would be if it were really really nice."), warm charming service, and some very unique teas.
I did not take pictures, but perhaps Carb Lover will share hers? The perfect little wooden tray with a Japanese-ish ceramic teapot, cup, and wooden tea timer are all won everyone over.
I'll list my favorite teas at EURA and let others chime in about what they had:
Yulmucha: ground from adlay flour, this tea looks like a chai or latte. Instead, it's a completely dairy free drink made from the ground up root of a Korean plant. It's served hot with a nice froth and pine nuts floating on top. You can choose to have it sweetened or not. Either way it has a natural sweetness and is a perfect rich drink on a cold day. For those who are lactose intolerant but like creamy drinks, this is a dream come true. But even if you drink dairy, this is one of the most unique drinks you could have, and soothing and comforting.
Pineapple tea: I believe this is dried pineapple blended with green tea. The smell alone makes this tea worth ordering, but it suffers from what I usually find disappointing in fruit-blend teas: doesn't taste as good as it smells. It's still one of my favorites, though, because smelling pineapple and tasting green tea is fine by me.
Yujacha: Korean citron tea. Basically, this tea looks like marmalade and is made from yuzu. Very sweet, but citrusy as well. I don't have enough of a sweet tooth to drink this all the time, but I love recommending it to people because it's one of those instant hit, crowd pleasing drinks. You'd basically have to hate oranges with an all-consuming fury in order to dislike this drink.
EURA has a stunning collection of teas from around the world. Most unique, IMO, is the selection of Korean drinks that the owner makes available.Even if the yujacha and yulmucha are technically not tea, they're delicious and hard to find in SF.
Food there has been good in the past; Lauren the owner's mom cooks simple food that won't wow you but is a nice complement to their teas. You don't want the food at your tea house to overwhelm the tea, right?
The coffee is fine, though why you would opt for coffee instead of tea here is beyond me (even if the coffee beans are from a tiny Sonoma producer of whom I've never heard).
Cheesecake is a must have. It's described as NY style, but it's lighter and more moist than any NY cheesecake I've had. Lauren says she gets it from a Swiss pastry chef who only sells to restaurants. Incredible. Even non-cheesecake lovers at the table admitted to liking this incredible feat of baking genius.
As always, good food, good conversation, and overall good times with the 'hounds. Thanks to all for coming, and please chime in with your thoughts on this little Tendernob/Sirloin spot.