The New Teahouse
Has anyone been to the new one at the U of M? I went there two weeks ago. Very nice decor, although the dishes are similar - with one exception.
They had soup dumplings. Little steamed dumplings about the size of a giant strawberry. You bite into the skin and a gush of delicious soup hits your mouth. Absolutely delicious. They just introduced this dish and the hostess said it will be added to the menu at their western location soon.
My wife went with a friend and was told that they are introducing a complete Shanghai style breakfast. Soup dumplings, hot soy milk, toasted sesame bun wrapped around fried dough. As far as I can tell, this would be pretty much the only place in the Midwest with this type of food.
Evergreen Restaurant has it on Saturdays and Sundays and having lived in Taiwan, I can tell you that it's pretty good and authentic. The toasted sesame bun was probably the only thing that I didn't think was that great - they had both sweet and savory hot soy milk and a glutenous rice roll that you can buy on the street carts in Taiwan in the morning.
I have been to the U of MN Teahouse about 2 months ago with high hopes as the one in St. Paul was a ways away to be going there regularly. I loved the decor but the food service and food itself seemed to lack the authenticity that I've experienced in St. Paul. Also, menu was more limited and prices about $2-3 high for each entree. It's a nice date restaurant but I prefer food quality of ambience .....