B and I went to the open house of Zen Tea House on Frankfort Avenue this weekend. From the same proprietress who brings us Zen Garden restaurant Zen Tea House is an absolutely gorgeous peaceful oasis of tea and vegetarian food. For idiotic reasons I don’t care to go into I didn’t have a camera with me (me, without a camera! It’s absurd) so you’re going to have to go see the gorgeous decor and furnishings yourself. The colors are perfect, the furniture is beautiful, the dishes and mugs are just a joy to touch.
We sampled a couple green teas and had the variety plate of complimentary food they were passing out. Everything was fantastic. I’m not going to lie, you know I don’t love tea, but as far as tea goes that one was pretty good. The food though was absolutely great. Not that I’m surprised since I love Zen Garden so much but they’re coming at food in a completely different way than Zen Garden. On the menu they have soups and sandwiches including panini, entree salads, vegetarian sushi and vegan sweet treats. The vast majority of the menu is vegan. All vegetarian and mostly vegan. When you go you should just order anything that will give you mushroom pate with it. That stuff was so, so good.
If, like me, you’re not a tea drinker they also have coffee, soy milk, water, juice and bubble tea. And by the way VT’s Bubble Tea on Bardstown Road (near the “new” Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen) is open now too.
Because my brain was clearly not functioning clearly I didn’t write down what Zen Tea House’s normal hours are going to be. I’ll update this post as soon as I find that information.
Zen Tea House hours:
11AM-10PM Monday through Thursday
11AM-11PM Friday and Saturday
12PM-5PM on Sundays
One thing I do know is that they’re planning to host regular tea tasting events and the first one will be part of this Friday’s Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop (February 27, 2009).
I don’t mean to swoon too much but seriously B was in absolute love with this place from the instant we opened the front door. Every detail has seemingly been meticulously planned out and the overall vibe and atmosphere it creates is unlike anything else I can think of in Louisville. I foresee that B is going to have me meet her there for lunch very, very often. That is, I think, the best compliment I can give any establishment.
Zen Tea House
2246 Frankfort Avenue