[This is a follow up post to the original post on Samovar here]
Samovar Tea Lounge – Yerba Beuna Gardens, 730 Howard Street, San Francisco. http://www.samovarlife.com/
So last time I visited Samovar, while I really enjoyed the tea and scones, I complained about the absurdly high price tag for a cup of tea – $10. I was subsequently told to try the Tea Service (food & tea pairing), which is much better value for money. So this time, I went back for dinner – and I was not disappointed!
We both ordered the “Moorish Service with Moorish Mint Herbal Infusion” ($24) – Halloumi Cheese & Veggie Kebabs, Mixed Greens Salad, Edamame Hummus, Walnut Chevré-Stuffed Dates, Olives, Greek Yogurt, Herbed Crackers. I don’t know if it was because I was super tired at the end of a long week and absolutely famished, but BOY WAS IT GOOD. The description on the menu was apt:
Dismount your camel, unroll your rug, start the fire, and chill out beneath the starry desert night.Your candle-clasping harem will soon follow. A tea service that evolved from the ancient nomadic Berber tribes in Africa.
The tea was divine – it wasn’t just any Moroccan mint tea – it’s the best mint tea I’ve ever had! Also, I really liked the after taste – it was interesting (in a good way) – I couldn’t quite place it. The food was equally as good – the highlights were the halloumi in the kebab, the edamame hummus (so good, although the edamame was a little too subtle for my liking) and the walnut chevre-stuffed dates. Oh the dates – just amazing! I loooved the generous serving of goats cheese in the date and the mint to finish it off.
the verdict: [revised up to] 8.5/10 – the “tea service” food & tea pairings are amazing.
don’t forget to order: the Moorish Service 🙂
to try next time: the other tea service pairings…and the rose infused greek yoghurt with medjool dates, walnuts & fresh mint