The Gourmet Tea

The Gourmet Tea

The Gourmet Tea is a place of colors and aromas within the gray São Paulo. The house, which also acts as a store and restaurant, has as its protagonists the various tea blends. They are combinations from herbs, flowers, fruits and organic spices, composing an extensive menu with the most diverse hot and cold teas.
The colorful packaging of the teas themselves (which are also sold to take away) make up a large part of the decoration of the environment. Through an extensive glass wall, natural daylight illuminates the great play of the place: the contrast between the gray city and the colorful tea house. The Gourmet Tea, while being totally urban and modern, seems to invite us to experience the anti-city, a slow food in a slow life.
A house that proposes a stop for tea and that survives in the heart of São Paulo is already a great balcony in itself, especially when it proposes to serve quality ingredients and so they do. I didn’t have the opportunity to have lunch at the place, but what I believe to be the great fort of the house I tried: countless teas and a large part of the new dessert menu.
I started with a tasting of five iced teas that come in small doses: white tea with red fruits, green tea with peach, floral black tea, mate with coconut and cinnamon, rooibos lemonade with mint. I also tasted some hot tea blends and the presentation and care are, without a doubt, the highlight of the place.
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Respecting the infusion time of each blend, The Gourmet Tea developed a tray that comes with a stopwatch already programmed according to the chosen tea, with a thermal insulating cup (which allows us to better appreciate the color of the tea) and a jar with hot water in the ideal amount for tea. When the thermometer beeps, all you have to do is rest the jar (which already has a filter at its base) on the cup where your tea will be at the ideal point to be tasted.
www.tbfoto.com.br THE GOURMET TEA - SP / SP - 02/28/2011 Photo: Tadphoto: Tadeu Brunelli
The desserts are served in generous portions, I tried several of them: the petit gâteau, which is very bitter and intense; the lemon pie with dulce de leche and chocolate cookie dough, which has a very smart balance between the acidity and lightness of the lemon mousse, the sweetness and intensity of the dulce de leche and the crunchiness and bitterness of the chocolate, without a doubt the my favorite. I also tried the apple crumble with ice cream (from the house) made from vanilla beans – warm, it is one of the most comforting; as well as the banana cake with açaí sauce, which won me over for Brazilianness.
The sweets, if well harmonized with the teas, work even better (ask for suggestions for waiters who seem to be well trained for this). The visit to The Gourmet Tea made me even more enthusiastic about the gastronomic scenery of our city. They have a care (which makes me very happy) from the quality of the ingredients, to the temperature, presentation and sweet spot of the food (and the teas). For those who want to enjoy quality tea in São Paulo, it is undoubtedly a place to be known.
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photo: Breno Rodrigues de Paula

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