Raiding local trees and throwing their leaves in boiling water cuts down on aphid infestations, but it won't make a good cup of tea. Enjoy leaf-water made from ingestion-appropriate plants with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of specialty tea and snacks at Chado Tea Room's three locations in downtown and West Los Angeles and Pasadena.
A stash of more than 300 teas from around the world complements Chado's menu, which features sandwiches served on potato bread, soups, salads, and a variety of delectable desserts. Pair a meal with sips of an herbal elixir brewed from special winter blends, fruit tisanes, or a long list of loose-leaf teas, including black tea from Africa and Nepal, green tea from Sri Lanka, and white tea from seven miles below the earth's crust.
Although there are no reviews for the downtown Los Angeles location, 67 Yelpers give the West Los Angeles location a three-and-a-half star average, and 166 Yelpers give the Pasadena location a four-star average, and 90% of Urbanspooners recommend it:
Chado Tea Room
Devan and Reena Shah, and Tek Mehreteab are passionate about tea. By sourcing leaves from eight regions in India, China, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Japan, they are able to proffer more than 300 standard and specialty varieties online and inside Chado Tea Room. The name Chado, taken from the Chinese cha, meaning "tea," and the Japanese do, meaning "path," speaks to the owners’ strict standards for their product. Many of their green, black, white, and oolong teas are USDA-certified organic; the Shahs also stock unique varieties such as Chinese pu-er teas and hand-tied blooming tea balls. In addition, they brew special house blends for morning, afternoon, and evening, helping customers find the right blend to start the day or serve to bats that have invaded their home.
Staffers pair teas with an array of cream-topped scones, cookies, cakes, and roasted savory sandwiches during teatime at Chado's three tearooms. Though each location is decorated differently, the same three-tiered sandwich platters and steaming pots of tea travel between panda paintings hanging in the Los Angeles location, underneath strings of holiday lights at the Pasadena location, and between ceiling-high wooden shelves stocked with mugs, filters, teapots, and bags of loose-leaf tea at the Hollywood location.