June 26, 2009

Teaism - A Calming Oasis in Dupont Circle

If you are looking for a place to meet a friend, a light meal, or a refreshing tea beverage, Teaism is the place to go. As DC's first tea house, Teaism offers many teas and a few Asian-inspired meals. For under $10, you have many choices including Japanese bento boxes, Thai chicken curry, and Indian naan and raita with tea cured salmon.

The food is served cafeteria style (you pick up your tray once your number is called). There is a larger space upstairs, but having scored a couple of seats and not wanted to drop our tray, we opted to stay downstairs.

Teaism offers over 50 types of teas so the hardest part was choosing which one we wanted!
Berry Beauty tea ($2.75): We love tea, so we thoroughly enjoyed having our own personal teapot. The tea was mild and fruity.

Salmon Bento box ($8.75): This came with the cucumber salad (mixed with pickled ginger - light and tangy!), edamame, and brown rice with a savory (tasted like curry, mixed with sesame seeds) crumby topping. We opted to have the salmon grilled instead of chilled. Though not the best we've ever had, the bento box was good. There were some good flavors and it didn't leave us feeling overly full. It made for a good light lunch.

Teaism (Dupont Circle) is located at 2009 R St. NW (at Connecticut St).

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