Three Places to Have Tea in Los Angeles
(Tea) Party Like the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills — Minus the Cha-Ching
Lavish times 10 is how The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills roll. So we expected nothing less when Taylor Armstrong threw her 4-year-old daughter a Mad Hatter-themed tea birthday party on the latest episode. But let's face it: the $60,000 bash was geared more toward the adults! Most of us don't have that kind of cha-ching, but here are some darling spots to throw your own fabulous tea party without the Beverly Hills price tag.
Scarlet Tea Room (18 W. Green St., Pasadena, 626-577-0051) Besides delicious tea, petite deserts, and an elegant ambiance, this quaint old town Pasadena spot offers a full dinner menu — think sweet ponzu glazed tempeh and tea smoked moullard duck — and live music Friday and Saturday nights.
Royal/T (8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310-559-6300) This place is not your typical tea house — it's way cooler. Japanese- and French-influenced dishes like Kobe beef sliders and brioche French toast are offered up alongside a variety of finger foods, desserts on a three-tiered tray, and pots of tea. An art gallery showcases Japanese contemporary art, and a gift shop sells random knickknacks.
The T Room (2405 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, 818-249-6677) The most old-fashioned of the bunch, The T Room transports you to a regal British living room the minute you step in. Still, the vibe is more relaxed than stuffy. Traditional afternoon tea, served all day, features more than 60 kinds hailing from Sri Lanka, Mauritius, the Middle East, China, Japan, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Don't skip the scones with homemade Russian cream and fresh strawberries.
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