Te House of Tea
1927 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77019
04/20/2011Provided by Citysearch -
So, I turned into the parking space and gazed suspiciously at the black awning. I'd only recently heard about the cool spot to have an amazing spot of tea. I walked in and almost immediately, I was transported back to Cupertino, CA-to the little cafe where I'd spend most of my time away from school.
Just like my old college hang-out, Té's ambiance is one of old country comfort. As I approached the counter, the waitress greeting me with a smile while taking chocolate cookies of a baking pan and into its display cage. Instantly, I knew I would like spending some time in this place. I ordered the Quiche Delight and for my tea, an African Dark.
The tea came first and it was delightful! As it seeped at my table, the aroma of mango and other exotic spices bathe my nostrils. I tasted the tea and was pulled back to my days on the West Coast of Africa...to a little country called Liberia. The flavors mixed beautifully well with my zucchini quiche. All in all, my experience at Té was a wonderful one. I will not only go back, but I encourage you to go yourselves and discover what exotic places you could travel to while at Té House of Tea.
03/09/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Free WIFI!! Nice ambien catered to students. Not enough electric outlet though. The food selection is largely health-veggie-organic concious. The portions are slim so beware. Nothing spectacular about the sweets, but the tea selection is the best in town! Order do tend to take a while to arrive and it is not easy to find parking in the neighborhood. The quinoa salad and the curry chicken salads are very good. Suggest for management to bring rice and noodle bowls to lunch hour too, because healthy eating demand a full mid-day meal!!
01/23/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I've seen this place so many times and I finally decided to stop in. Almost all the tables were taken by computer users, but that didn't bother me because I was in a hurry. I ordered a Chai Tea , to-go, and paid $5.41 for it (ouch).
I drove down the block when I tasted the tea and decided it wasn't the tea for me. It had an overly strong ginger flavor that I didn't care for. I went back to the House of Tea and I told the young girl behind the counter that I would like a different tea because I didn't care for mine. She said she couldn't do anything about it because she thought “it would be a health code violation.” Excuse me?! LOL! When a customer is dissatisfied with your product you actually tell them that? “Well,” the young girl said, “I don’t think she’ll do anything about it”. Who “she” was, I had no idea. The owner I guessed. The young girl disappears and an older Asian woman comes to the counter in a funny red hat and asked me what the problem was. I explained to her that I had just ordered the Chai tea and I didn't care for it and that I'd like to exchange it for something else. The lady proceeds to tell me that the Chai tea is their best seller, I ordered it, and there was nothing she was going to do about it. It was my fault for ordering it. WOW. I couldn't believe my ears. I left the tea on the counter and walked out.
09/28/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Stopped in here on a Tuesday evening at the recommendation of a friend. Definitely a gem of a find in the Montrose area where I was able to enjoy a delicious African black tea brew that had delightfully unique mango and coconut taste. I will definitely try to make it here back soon to get my tea on!
03/30/2010Provided by Citysearch -
When I discovered that this unsuspecting tucked-away tea house hosted Friday night milongas, I had to come immediately. The dancing reportedly started at 9pm but when we arrived the place was deserted. Since it was an unusually cold night for Houston I thought that perhaps the weather had scared away the dancing. I asked the young girl behind the counter if indeed, there would be tango dancing and she confirmed that dancers would arrive soon. While she was nice enough, she gave off the air that she wanted to be somewhere else.
I was happy to wait over a pot of hot tea and a bowl of soup to warm up. The tea menu is vast and almost intimidating. I ordered the Turkish Delight Chai, being a fan of both chai and Turkish teas, and the pumpkin soup. The soup was clearly homemade and tasted of fresh ingredients but in short, it tasted overtly of healthy. While I do not insist that foods be drenched in fat or sugar to taste good, I believe that lighter dishes must be properly seasoned or end up lacking in flavor. Pumpkin is one of those dishes that can be excellent with the right herbs and spices or brutally bland when lacking. This can be remedied a bit by some maple syrup or cream, but this soup offered a few sparse croutons as its only offerings of indulgence.
As for the tea, it was, well just tea. The fireworks, it appeared, are reserved solely for the dancing. And fireworks they were! The rowdy tango crowd exploded into Te just past 10pm, invigorating space with sexy vibratos, sultry leg swishing and the lusty closeness of the tango; all of it complimented by the loose warmth that only a $3 corkage fee on BYOB can produce in a restaurant setting. Indeed, a few bottles of wine soon opened at nearly every table. We found much of the crowd to be regulars who had taken tango classes together or closely followed the local ballroom dance scene. My boyfriend and I, who have never taken dance classes, made an attempt to dance and though we managed to weave through the tight circle and had a wonderful time, we were a bit shamed by the skillful movement that surround us.
Pre-tango, I doubt I would have given Te a second chance, but the vitality of the crowd tells me that there must be more to the place. I will certainly attend another Friday milonga and try a few other items on the menu.
09/20/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I liked my lunch...but the tea was awful! It was not brewed correctly and did not taste fresh. The whole place needs a good cleaning. I will go there for food but never again for tea. My silk oolong brewed too long. Get those leaves out of the teapot as well!
08/30/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We have visited the Te before and enjoyed their tea and scone selection (My husband is English and likes his cupper). This visit we we ate lunch and were delighted to learn the extent of their food menu. The chicken salad was tasty and pretty to the eye and my husband enjoyed his sandwich. We will be back for lunch when we come to town!
03/25/2009Provided by Citysearch -
A great local tea house that carries a wide selection of delicious tea. A very calm environment that is service oriented. This kind of tea house cannot be found in the suburbs (e.g., Sugar Land). A unique experience. A Bohemian kind of atmosphere - not your typical Texas prissy tea house for ladies in red hats. This tea house reminds me of the tea and coffee houses in the Village in NYC.
12/03/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I have visited Te House of Tea often on my way home from work and I have never been disappointed. The people behind the counter are always helpful - even on my first visit when I had no idea what I wanted. Everyone seems very knowledgeable about tea and they were able to answer any questions I asked. The food is delicious! I especially like their crepes- I have tried both the sweet and savory ones and they are both wonderful. The atmosphere is perfect for a quick quiet evening meal. I am constantly suggesting this place to my friends and all of them have found it just as wonderful as I have.
11/23/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I was dubious about this shop due to the not glowing reviews but decided to see for myself. It was mediocre at best. The food was OK but the tea was awful. It was not brewed properly and the staff was less than friendly. It looked like a neighborhood hang out place which would explain why they might still be in business. In these bad economic times good service is a must!
07/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
When I read that the entire tea room could be rented for ""girlie luncheons"" or tea parties, the image of a quaint, ""proper"" tea house came to mind. This was not the case. Tables were dirty and the service was lousy. Basically, this place looks right for college kids with laptops. If you're looking for a fancy little tea shop for the girls this is not it.
06/19/2008Provided by Citysearch -
What a pleasant place! I've been to the House of Tea twice now. Both times, I've been treated to great tea, surprisingly adventurous food, and friendly service. I'm still learning about tea, so I was grateful that the young men behind the counter were patient enough to walk me through the immense lists of teas that line the walls. On my first visit, I settled on a basic but flavorful Japanese green tea. I also had the Margherita panini, which was amazing, and a dessert crepe with lemons and powdered sugar. On my second visit, I had a Russian black tea with fruity undertones. I ordered the soup of the day, which was a very spicy-but very good--pepper soup, and a savory crepe with ham, chicken, and cream sauce. Both meals were wonderful.
The atmosphere is so tranquil and unhurried, the decor is simple and tasteful. I will definitely be back!
06/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went to this shop because of reading good reviews. This was not my experience. The service was not what it should have been. The boy did not know much about tea, and they do not know how to make good tea. Newspapers were all over and the table was dirty. It was not an alluring atmosphere to me. The music was too loud and did not fit a tea shop atmosphere. The food was just so so. I won't go back.
09/15/2007Provided by Citysearch -
What a place to slow your pace of life down! Located conveniently right in the middle of the Montrose area, the House of Tea is my most recent discovery, and I'm very delighted with the place. Great for reading alone, meeting friends, or studying. Clean lines, and comfortable seating everywhere. And, of course, an extensive collection of teas. Though understated, their oolongs are top-quality, surprising taste in every cup. Ask to see their Pu-erh brick; another excellent tea. And they have a large collection of Japanese teas, intertwined in their list along with all the floral and fruity blended green teas.
But what surprised me recently was their food. I went several times and ordered just what was in the deli case -- good stuff too, all the pastries are made in-house, rich but not too sweet. But, then I finally noticed the menu: hey, sandwiches and salads?! Crepes too! These are all hand-made selections (so, sometimes expect a wait), done on excellent breads. But, they have some creative taste combinations that ... just work. Chicken, cranberry and brie; delicious! Curry chicken salad; flavorful! Fresh-made sweet crepes. These are all very original food offerings, and provide a nice complement to your tea.
07/20/2007Provided by Citysearch -
A small quaint house where they serve black, green and white teas along with some specialty tea mixes. They also have sweets and a few sandwiches. Tables and chairs for eating and a couple of couches for just sitting. It is WIFI connected for bringing your laptop. I have bought some of their teapots for my own home. I wish they had a wider selection of food for lunch. I struggled to find something to eat. The food is average nothing exceptional. Also they are not very knowlegable about the teas, I asked questions trying to pick something and they are pretty much ' clueless' and you are left on your own to decide.
11/26/2006Provided by Citysearch -
All too often, tea houses are stuffy, frilly places trying to impress you with their specific rendition of an English high tea. Well if you're more interested in really good tea and great bites to eat than doilies and crumpets, Te is the place for you. And if you're like me, the fact that their teas are Fair Trade and their mission is to be as ""green"" as possible really hits home. I love everything about the place and hope to enjoy this great little addition to our neighborhood as often as possible. As for the lack of knowledge shown by some of their staff mentioned by one reviewer, I understand their point. If you're new to tea, it can be a bit daunting. It would be nice if ALL of the staff knew more about the offerings, but if you need some help, I've found that either Connie or Alyson (the owners) can help.
06/04/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Tea is something to be enjoyed in peace, by yourself or with friends. Té House of Tea has succeeded in creating a place of peace, a feeling of zen. In this small shop, there's a variety of sitting locations, each with its own ambience, from center court to private nook tucked away in the corner. Comfortable bunkette seatings line the walls. Excellent tea selection, with a very knowledge and friendly staff (advice: get to know the owners, Connie and Alyson; they are very accessible and know a lot about teas). Creative and delicious food choices abound, from breakfast crepes to salad sandwiches and lunches. Check out the homemade green tea or chai ice creams, as well as the Irish fifteens or petworth pudding. Yum!
05/05/2006Provided by Citysearch -
We appreciate independently owned shops mostly because the service pays more attention to detail. None of the employees could explain the differences in the teas or make any reccomendations. This knowledge of your products is essential to any business, especially one that specializes in teas. One employee could not even explain the kinds of desserts in the pasty case, what was in them, or what they were called. We are unsure if this LACK OF ATTENTION was due to a general ignorance of products or general apathy.
05/04/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Te is a welcome addition to this area. What sets it apart is the comfort factor with the combination of sofas and tables and chairs. Te is the kind of place you can have lunch with friends or enjoy a leisurely pot of tea (and a pastry) while reading a book on your own.