Taking tea with one’s meal blends comfort with elegance, much like donning a favorite pair of sapphire-encrusted sweatpants. Lunch in luxury with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get tea for two with soup, a half sandwich, and a dessert sampler at Aloha Tea Room (a $24 value).
Aloha Tea Room brews tropically tinged loose-leaf tea and pairs it with genteel fare in a serene and stylish setting. Savor soothing beverages hot or iced (a $2 value), suavely complemented by a soupcon of soup and a fresh half sandwich (a $5.75 value for soup/half-sandwich combo). Kindle flavor receptors with a cup of chicken vegetable or asparagus provencale before appeasing jealous teeth with solider sustenance, such as egg salad or albacore tuna salad on a crisp croissant. Glide your repast in for a silky sweet landing with samplers of gourmet Hawaiian desserts (a $4.25 value), including lava cake, crème brûlée bars, and a cherry-covered ukulele.
Sophisticated sippers bask in a refined, Victorian aesthetic within Aloha Tea Room. Floral décor, glistening glassware, and ornate wooden chairs and armoires enliven a dining space accented by salmon walls and plush crimson carpet, lending tea time an erudite air normally reserved for kings, queens, bishops, and anthropomorphized top hats.