Colonists asserted their independence at the Boston Tea Party by lulling British officers to sleep with cups of chamomile and drawing marker mustaches on their faces. Harness the revolutionary power of tea with today's Groupon: for $11, you get $22 worth of high tea fare at Lisa's Tea Treasures Menlo Park.
Lisa's Tea Treasures harks back to the heyday of the Victorian-era tearoom with cultured decorations and settings, fragrant teas, and delicate finger fare. Seated at linen-draped tables dotted with fine tea ware and flowers that taste like tea, afternoon visitors take their pick from the high-tea menu, with selections such as the Tea Time Trio ($20.95), a pairing of a salad, a scone, two sandwiches, and two savories. Two toasted crumpets and tea ($12.95) provide loose-leaf choices such as darjeeling, champagne raspberry, and white pomegranate, and the european cheese plate and tea ($18.95) pairs brie, smoked gouda, and blue cheese with crackers, honeycomb, and fruit.
Low walls painted a creamy beige, accented with floral wallpaper, and topped with genie-infused teapots divide the tearoom into several intimate nooks. Tea may also be taken on the outdoor patio, atop wrought-iron chairs and beneath a long, wooden awning.
Lisa’s Tea Treasures Menlo Park
Tablecloths, fine china, and finger sandwiches speak of refinement during high tea or tea parties at Lisa’s Tea Treasures Menlo Park. During afternoon tea services, guests sip a selection of 23 loose-leaf teas—such as strawberry darjeeling, lemon mint, and Winter Solstice—and nibble on scones and sandwiches inspired by the food of Europe’s culinary capitals. The menu lists bites from Greece, Italy, and France, including Chicken Parisian croissants, salmon mousse, and cucumber-mint cream cheese. A fresh scone with devonshire cream completes any tea party, and evoke thoughts of England other than your recurring dream of building a cricket pitch in your backyard. In addition to the fine fare, the tearoom itself oozes class with delicate trinkets on display, floral wallpaper, and small chandeliers gently lighting the space.
1175 Merrill St.
Menlo Park, California 94025