The afternoon tea is $18 per person (one of the cheaper options in LA), but I had bought a Groupon for the Little Tokyo location and invited Wandering Chopsticks to come along.
Chado has a pretty extensive list of loose leaf teas, priced by the ounce and some can be quite expensive. One good part about doing the afternoon tea is that for the same price you get to choose any of the teas on their list, some of which are a lot more expensive than others.
I ordered the Chado Afternoon Tea (usually $5.67/oz) which they said was "the most elegant blend of the best gardens from Darjeeling." It was a good cup of Darjeeling, though I ended up enjoying the tea Wandering Chopsticks ordered better, though, the Lavender Earl Grey, as it was more interesting.
|Our afternoon tea set, served on the traditional three-tiered trays|
I enjoyed sitting outside in the back, next to the Japanese American museum. It's not a lush garden but I liked the bare, clean lines, which reminded me of a zen garden.
They served a pretty generous amount of sandwiches and I like their bread which partly uses potato flour. We each get four slices:
- Smoked Salmon Served open faced on rye, cream cheese then topped with baby dill and a slice of lemon.
- Mediterranean: Goat Cheese, watercress and oliveade spread
- Punjab: Eggs marinated in our Lapsang Souchong Smoked Tea, Mayonnaise, green onions
- Souchong Chicken Sandwich: Shredded smoked Chicken Breast, mayonnaise, and Cranberry Lingonberry sauce
The sweets were rather boring as a finale. Half of a mini bundt cake each, and a cookie. The dessert part here certainly doesn't compare to some of their competitors, although the price here is a little lower.
As a parting gift, here's a picture of a tanuki statue there. Just don't look down.
Chado Tea Room
100 N Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012