Recently I went out to San Francisco for a mini-vacation with a bunch of friends. It was a good time, we had a lot of fun and saw pretty much all of the major stuff in the city. Another thing I did was drag my friends to the Samovar Tea Lounge. My girlfriend is the only one out of the group who like tea besides me, but the rest were relatively supportive. I’m pretty sure it was just because they saw an opportunity to make fun of my tea-geekery later (a favored past time), but I thought it would be worth it.
All in all, it was great, we went to the Zen Valley location. The atmosphere was very relaxed, and the tea was amazing. It was fun to watch them make the tea and serve it, and the tea ware was very cool and really added to the experience. I had the Nishi Sencha 1st Flush , my friend had the Lychee Black, and my girlfriend had Jasmine lemon aid . I also grabbed a Masala Chai to go as we left. All in all I had a lot of fun, and even my friend admitted the Lychee black was “The best dirt-water he had ever tried” I would definitely recommend visiting Samovar if you are in the city, it really is a fun experience.
Also, if you do visit, try the Masala Chai, it was amazing!