Chado Tea Room (Los Angeles) Review

I visited Chado Tea Room with my mom in late March to celebrate her birthday. We used a Groupon for a tea tasting for 2 which can be purchased for $30 at Groupon. All-in-all, it’s a pretty great deal. (The usual price would have been $60 for two but I really don’t feel that would be worth it considering the actual quality and amount of food you get and the tea tasting itself.)

Deal Here 

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We visited Chado Tea Room with a reservation for 11am, right at opening time. At 11:15, we knocked on the glass door as they were still closed and that’s when one of the servers came out to get us. On a Thursday afternoon, the restaurant was basically empty.

I called the day before to confirm our reservation only to find that whoever took the reservation hadn’t written it down. That’s more than an annoyance when it says on Groupon that you can’t use the promotion without making a reservation. Whoever answered the phone was also rushed and a little impolite. When I thanked him for his help and was about to hang up, I heard him let out a sarcastic laugh right before he hung up.

That experience put a bad taste in my mouth but maybe the food and the tea would sweeten it up a little.

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The decor, they said that the tables by the windows were reserved… nobody came in the entire hour my mother and I were there. 

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The tea menu 

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Once we sat down, we had our choice of most of the tea menu at Chado. Two teapots for two people. I love strong teas and the teas were not very strong (the tea at the dim sum place near my house is actually stronger and better-tasting imo). We selected an Oolong blend and a Green tea blend.

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The tea pot arrived with a cute kitty on top. The downside? The tea pot had brown stains on it. I get that white tea pots are hard to not get stained because tea is very staining but if Chado brands itself as a fancy tea room, stained diningware is not the best look.

The upside is that they have soups and salads for $2 and my mom really liked her tomato basil soup!

When we received our snacks, we got one tier tray of desserts and sandwiches. The amount of food is good enough for brunch for two but maybe not for breakfast or lunch.

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Tray of sandwiches, scones and desserts (one of each for two people) 

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My mom really enjoyed the scones! They were warm and fluffy.

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The dessert was tasty as well! The chocolate glazing was a nice touch. 

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The assortment of sandwiches were delish! I also really liked the smoked salmon on toast they had. 

The actual tea tasting:

The server came out with some teas for us to try. All these teas are made of the same plant that’s been brewed in different ways from different countries around the world. The teas tasted unique and were exceptional. The server also told us the story of how each of the teas were made and did a good job answering our questions. Although, it seemed at one point like he was talking really fast just so he could get this whole message over with (I hope he gets paid enough to do this for every tea tasting. We did leave him a nice tip for his time).

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The last cup of tea on the far left is my favorite!

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After our brunch at Chado, my mom and I then went shopping in Little Tokyo! It was a very nice day :).

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Ophie’s Spots #1: Opus Sushi, Arcadia

Dine with Ophie! 

Had dinner with my mom today in Opus Sushi in Arcadia!

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Located in a small plaza, Opus Sushi provides some of the best sushi I’ve had in Arcadia / the San Gabriel Valley while not being too pricey (it’s mid-range price level).

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Some nice table decorations. The ambiance was interesting. It looked pretty sparse for a sushi restaurant on Saturday night. Despite that, the food was good, the service was acceptable and the ambiance was nice.

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The very interestingly decorated salmon sashimi

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I’ve had three kinds of salmon sashimi in my life: the ones I bought from Mitsuwa Supermarket in SG, the ones my dad (as someone who works in the seafood industry) would bring back home and the ones in restaurants. The salmon sashimi was pretty fat and tasted pretty fresh. It’s a lot pricier than say, the Sakura, in Rosemead but the quality is noticeably better.

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Japanese sausage with spicy mustard on the side

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Crunchy roll… the best crunchy roll I’ve ever had was interestingly at a sushi bar located in Brea Mall. This crunchy roll was not bad!

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Then came the Gyoza!

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And finally, the dragon rolls!

 

All-in-all, not bad! 🙂

Bonus: Dreamlab Gaming

 

Before meeting my mom for dinner at Opus Sushi, I went to game at a pc cafe in Arcadia called Dreamlab Gaming. It’s my usual spot to go gaming whenever I have the extra time or the craving to play some LoL.

The equipment here is actually not as great as it was last time. I had issues with the keyboard on one computer and the mouse on the other. There was also an awkward moment where I was gaming and then a guy took the seat next to me even though there were other seats in the row that were empty. I didn’t really mind or care until he started laughing and yelling at the screen loudly with his friend.

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I was like, “hey! I’m trying to feed as Elise here! Can you cut a girl some slack?” It was like that one time at the movies where I went to watch Fifty Shades of Grey alone (for research purposes) and I was – I kid you not – sitting in a row of couples as far as I could see. There were three seats that remained empty to my right (I was sitting at the last seat on the left), and a guy and his girlfriend came up.

I had my purse settled in the seat next to me as if to say, “Err, I’m just waiting for someone. You know, he’s kinda late.”

He looked at it, then looked back up at me, then back at the purse and proceeded to sit in the seat next to it after the smallest of pauses.

Haha, yeah, it was an interesting day.