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Jun 3, 2008 07:58 PM

Which branch of Teaism is best? What do you order?

I've only been to two. The one near the White House and the Dupont circle one. I like the special tandoori chicken at the WH branch - but didn't have as much luck at the Dupont Branch food wise. I ordered the chicken meatballs and thought they were kind of so-so. What am I doing wrong? What do you like to order at either branch? I understand they have different menus? Give me some advice. TIA!

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  1. Their menus are on the Web site, if that helps. I like the location near the Portrait Gallery. It's a slightly nicer space than Dupont, and I love their gift shop.

    My favorite thing there is their lentil soup. It's soooo good.

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    1. re: katecm

      ^^Is it larger - more seating? Why type of things does the giftshop have?

      1. re: beauxgoris

        It's probably about the same size - seating on the main floor, plus another floor - but it's a little better maintained. Just a bit nicer. The gift shop is next door and mostly has tea and coffee-related gifts, like nice mugs, beautiful tea pots, etc. It's darling. Good for a last-minute hostess gift.

    2. I like the one at Penn Quarter b/c the downstairs seating area is large and nice (with a koi pond). I agree with katecm, my favorite thing far and away is the lentil soup. It's the best I've had.

        1. re: mselectra

          ^^Thank you - I didn't see that. : )

        2. I like the one in Dupont circle because they have the japanese green tea rice and salmon soup- perfect lunch, only $7.

          But far and away my favorite tea shop for ambiance isn't teaism, but the chinese tea shop Ching Ching Cha, on Wisconsin below M in Georgetown. Amazing, delicate teas; amazing delicate food; bright and airy, authentic seating.

          Neither of these are as great as Camellia Sinensis in Montreal, but they come close.

          1. The Penn Quarter location is the biggest and probably the best. The executive chef stays mainly in this location.
            The other 2 are still good, but not as many choices.

            Their chicken salad and chicken bento is awesome... and the sweet potato salad.

            oh and the salty oat cookies mmmm

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            1. re: raisingkell

              Maybe Penn Quarter is where the executive chef keeps his penthouse. I had the salmon bento there a few weeks on a Sunday afternoon and it was awful. It was cold -- as if refrigerated and not fully reheated.