On a blistering hot day, I was craving some tea and was in West Hollywood, so I decided to stop by the Tea Garden on Beverly Blvd. near Doheny. My first clue that something was wrong was the fact that the once lovely patio now had these ugly cheap chairs and tables.
I stumbled through the doors and into one of the ugliest, most charmless restaurant spaces I have ever seen. The Tea Garden is now a cafeteria called "Lemonade." One one side is a cafeteria line with food sitting in metal steam trays, à la a school cafeteria. On the other side is a dessert case. The desserts looked pitiful, but since I was craving tea and a dessert, I decided to get a dessert to go (lemon chiffon cake), and go home and make some tea. The food also looked pitiful, but I can't say as I didn't try any.
I am now home eating the lemon chiffon cake and it is gross - dry and lacking in any flavor whatsoever and with an awful off taste, like they used some kind of cheap shortening instead of butter (but the slice of cake was huge, for those who like huge servings of mediocre food). What can I say - a Hostess cupcake is more delicious than this.
The place was swarming with grade school kids, which seemed appropriate for a place that has the charm and ambiance of a McDonald's.
What's up with this place? Remembering many happy afternoons sipping tea at the Tea Garden, I just feel sad and disgusted how ugly they made this place.
P.S. I know that the Tea Garden moved to the old Elixir space, but I guess I thought they were going to keep both places open. The parking situation at the old Elixir space is bad.