My Tea Break

Rediscovering Tea around the world


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Dinner at Roka

I recently had dinner at Roka, one of my favourite restaurants in London. Roka focus on contemporary Japanese robatayaki (open-charcoal grill) cuisine. At the centre of the restaurant there is a robata grill where you can see the chefs preparing your food.

I’ve been a few times and I always leave happy with the quality and consistency of the food and service. The service is great, the ambience nice and relaxed and the food among the best I have tasted.

Since I visited the Green T. House restaurant in Beijing , I am always looking for dishes and drinks that bring the culinary use of Tea into life and Roka is a great place for that. We started the meal with some sushi and Tea inspired cocktails. I had a Green Tea & Pear Bellini which is composed by dried green Tea, mashed pears and prosecco. The sparkling from prosecco together with the sweet pear flavour is a delicious combination. Luis went for a non-alcoholic version and had a Jasmine Tea with almond, mint and peach which was also delicious…

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As a main we chose some of their Robata signature dishes such as the Black Cod marinated in Yusu Miso which is unbelievable.

I didn’t want to go for a desert but one could not resist the Chocolate to Matcha Pudding Yo-nashi Ausi – a dark chocolate and matcha green Tea pudding with crunchy jivara and pear ice-cream. Sooooooo good!

If you’re looking for a special dining experience in London I highly recommend Roka.

Happy Tea Break.

Tania


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Argo Tea

If you’re ever in Chicago, New York, St. Louis or Boston and want to visit a modern Tea shop or grab a Tea on the go then you need to visit Argo Tea.

Argo Tea shop (Photo Source:argotea.com)

The company opened in Chicago in 2003 and now have more than 20 shops.

Argo Tea brings you Teas directly from growers around the world and blend them together into signature beverages and Teas. Today I tried the Green Tea ( a blend of Japanese sencha with matcha) which is refreshing and very high quality bringing you the best of Japanese Green Tea. My Favourite! I also tried two signature drinks: The MojiTea, an iced signature drink that mixes mint, fresh lime and pure cane sugar and a peach Tea sparkle which carbonates white Tea with the peach flavour. In my opinion these were both too sweet…

The environment in the shop is comfortable and welcoming and the package and cups are very easy to grab and go but the quality of the Tea is still good with a wide range of blends and original flavours. You can also buy their Tea and accessories.

I can’t wait to see Argo Tea in Europe. 🙂

Happy Tea Break.

Tania


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Whisky and Tea

The first time I went to China, I came across with the Whisky and Tea tradition. This probably seems like an odd combination but it is a very popular alcoholic drink in China.

Like in most clubs in London, when you sit in a table you order a bottle which usually comes with coke,tonic,…. Well, in China you´ll often see whisky bottles coming with a jar of cold greenTea. I am not a whisky fan but following the famous say “When in Rome do what Romans do” and being a Tea lover I  tried it straight away and really enjoyed.

It is quite refreshing and you get quite a nice balanced flavour from the two drinks. If you want to try this at home you can add two parts of cold Green Tea to one part of whisky and serve it with ice.

The main problem will be the morning after but that´s another story.

Happy Tea Break. 🙂

Tania