“This gem is our most ambitious undertaking yet,” says Teaism co-owner Michelle Brown about the first Teaism restaurant to open in Virginia. These locally owned, Asian-inspired teahouses have been delighting locals and tourists alike at three downtown locations since 1996.
Originally conceived to showcase carefully selected loose leaf teas from all across Asia, Teaism has refined its commitment to healthy dining in this light filled, serenely appointed new space.
An exciting new menu by Chef Alison Swope (New Heights, Santa Fe East, The Mark, Andale) features the unpronounceable but delicious Okonomiyaki along with breakfast treats like the buckwheat and hempseed pancakes. Teaism’s menu provides healthy, well-balanced, affordable meals that are made from scratch with wholesome, natural, and oftentimes organic ingredients.
"We are constantly scrutinizing our ingredients to reduce trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, additives, and genetically modified foods," Swope says.
Thoughtfully selected beers, sakes, and wines–15 different bottles all priced at $30–perfectly match the menu's bold Asian flavors.
Fueled by Teaism’s famous Salty Oat Cookies, Jim Cronenberg and Jose Toha, collectively Grupo 7 Architecture + Interiors, have pulled together a rich palette of color and texture to construct three distinct dining spaces and a comfortable bar area.
Bamboo and timber screen walls wrap a rich modern dining room, while delightfully patterned poufs surround a low communal table in the front tearoom. High top tables and stools are bathed in sunlight from wall windows that open to the outdoor patio. The gracious atmosphere can be an oasis for quiet contemplation or the backdrop for a lively get together.
Teaism Old Town at 682 North St. Asaph St. (just across from Trader Joe’s) serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.