Knowing how much I love tea, my dear sister purchased a deal from Living Social for tea time for two at Chado Tea Room (the Hollywood & Highland location) as part of my Christmas gift this year. I can’t even express how excited I was about this! Not only did I get the chance to go to a tea room with one of my favorite people in the world, but it also meant that I had another opportunity to get dressed up! I didn’t want to overdo it, but I also didn’t want to ruin this chance by wearing a t-shirt and jeans. So, I dressed my denim look up!
I really love these new blouses and shirts that are pretty plain in the front, but then have something special on the back. I recently bought many dress shirts like this, and love any chance I get to wear them. I’ll share some more later, even if I don’t wear it for a specific occasion. My favorite part of my outfit, however, were the shoes! My mom had just bought them for me, and I especially love the light pink heel.
Now, let’s talk about the tea room itself. The service there needed some work. I’m not sure if they were understaffed, but the waiting wasn’t really even where my complaint lies. My biggest problem was that we had ordered a scone to go for my mom and when they brought out boxes so we could doggy-bag the remainder of our food, they did not remember to bring my extra scone. We left, got home, and that’s when I realized it. I suppose it’s also partly my fault for not paying attention while we were still there, but I would hope that the waitress/server would have remembered. They did charge us for it, though. Oh well.
Our Living Social deal included a starter soup or salad, specific sandwiches (salmon, cucumber, cranberry chicken and cream cheese), scones (plain), dessert (cookies, strawberries and custard, chocolate cake, lemon cake, a muffin), an ice cream tea float, and two pots of tea (your choice). Here’s a picture of what all of the food looked like, which I admit, is quite impressive.
The food was definitely not something I’d go back for. While I know that these are tea sandwiches and their flavors should not be overwhelming, they also shouldn’t be quite so bland. However, the scones were good and the custard was marvelous! My favorite part, however, was the tea. My sister ordered some fruity tea (I can’t remember the exact blend right now, but it sounded good until she ruined the flavor with sugar) and I ordered the coconut chai. I have never had coconut chai before as I usually go for either a plain chai or a vanilla flavored one. Those are probably my favorite go-to teas to drink. With that in mind, this coconut chai blew me away! My taste buds were surely in for a treat. First of all, they served the chai with cream already mixed in, which already got bonus points in my book. Beyond that, the chai was seeped perfectly (not too bitter, not too weak) and had so much flavor! I was very excited about my chai and finished every single drop!
I’m already looking into buying a 4 oz. serving of their coconut chai. Their website has all of their teas, I believe, and also has information on the different locations. All in all, I’d go back to Chado Tea Room, but only for dessert and tea. (Side note: I love my necklace!)
By the way? I was so excited for my tea float (and it took so long for them to bring it out) that I forgot to take a picture of it until it was gone.
While it tasted amazing, I would had ideas on how to make it even better. They used a vanilla tea with vanilla ice cream, topped with what looked and tasted exactly like Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Just a few days ago, after being inspired by this tea float idea, I decided to make my own. I used about a teaspoonful double chocolate chip along with a scoop of vanilla and topped it with my vanilla chai.
Mine was better, but should have been cooled a bit longer!