Comfort food garbs your tongue in luxurious velveteen knickerbockers of flavor, as opposed to discomfort food, which clings to the face like an overtight ascot. Avoid the embarrassment of culinary crampers with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of upscale comfort fare and drinks at The Urban Tea Loft in Chandler. A proud member of Local First Arizona, The Urban Tea Loft provides the blueprint to fine dining with a menu of fresh, locally sourced ingredients and uncommon preparation methods, such as marinating meat in tea. Unlike a plate of air, the tealite afternoon tea option adequately fills empty stomachs with a chef's selection of tea sandwiches, a salad, and swigs from a pot of freshly brewed tea ($16). Patrons can bounce meat-morsels on tongue-polines as they dine on the fall-off-the-bone braised pork shanks from the dinner menu ($15) (see full menu and prices).
Phoenix magazine interviewed The Urban Tea Loft owner Glynis Legrand. The Arizona Republic gives the restaurant three stars, and Chow Bella rates the mac 'n' cheese at The Urban Tea Loft the best in Phoenix. More than 60 Yelpers give The Urban Tea Loft an average rating of four stars.
- This is not grandma's high tea, but a modern, cozy spot for a casual lunch or dinner. – Gina Niemiec, Arizona Republic
- As far as tea goes, they tend to cater…more towards the casual fruity tea sippers that just want something to cool them off from a hot day under the Arizona sun. Their desserts are quite good, and admittedly better than most of the coffee shops I visit. – David X., Yelp