Before tea bags were invented, earls stuffed their socks with gray tea and dipped them into tubs of water warmed by the body heat of a flock of sheep. Enjoy a much more convenient but equally royal way to sip exotic leaf juice with today’s Groupon. For $9, you get a tea lunch (an $18 value) at Essencha Tea House & Fine Teas in Oakley.
Essencha's leisurely tea lunch begins with your selection of either a hot pot of tea or a shot of matcha (finely milled green tea). The tea house lets you choose from over 70 varieties of high-quality blacks, oolongs, greens, whites, rooibos, herbals, and organic flavors. Essencha's passionate staff of tea-totalers will help you navigate this voluminous variety until you find the tea you never knew you craved. Next, a soup of the day or miso soup stretches tongue tendons, followed by a fruit salad or a café salad with seasonal greens, veggies, dried fruit, pine nuts, and lemon vinaigrette. After you fill up on finger sandwiches with your non-teacupped free hand, enjoy a scone paired with clotted cream and jam. A cupcake or triple-chocolate-chunk brownie caps off a meal fit for tea tycoons and tea-drinking raccoons alike.
Essencha Tea House's hip, Zen-like atmosphere is further enhanced by stylish Far East touches, dark wood furnishings, lustrous wood floors, and a Rube Goldberg tea-dipper machine. With today's Groupon, discover a new sanctuary where you can let your humanity glow like a burning pile of old National Geographic magazines. Reservations are not required, but they are recommended to ensure speedy service and convenience.
Cincinnati CityBeat says:
- Essencha Tea House...provides a tranquil atmosphere where patrons can escape the hurly-burly of daily life. This is not your Aunt Millie's tea parlor, with doilies and Victorian floral wallpaper. Rather, the small space, which opened in March, tends toward minimalist, Zen-like décor...the seating is comfortable and the knowledgeable servers eagerly share their passion. In fact, tea service here is wonderfully ritualistic, with lyrical descriptions ("A gentle Sri Lankan mountain breeze aroma"), carefully regulated water temperature and precision-timed infusions. – Donna Covrett
- An Asian atmosphere and an upscale lunch menu make this more than a tea house. The tea list is imaginative and very good. – strauth, TripAdvisor
- The best reason to go there, period, is for the tea and the best reason to go there any other reason, namely food, is that the light fare is just right for accompanying the superb selection of teas. – JM, Urbanspoon
- ...the day's stress and worries melted away as we sipped our bowls of matcha and nibbled on fresh scones and their homemade lemon curd. – simonebuvez, TripAdvisor
3212 Madison Rd.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45209Get Directions