The match of informal food and tea from the Far East had never particularly occurred to me before visiting Te-Bi Island, the other day. No sooner had that place arrived than another place ploughing a similar furrow opened just down the road. Called the Tea House I popped in to check it out.
This place has a slightly different spin on things with formal looking tea – which I didn’t try on this occasion – matched with a noodle box offering.
Choosing either rice of noodles as your base, you can essentially have as much of whatever you fancy from their chafing dish selection to fill a small (£4.80), medium (£5.80), or large (£6.80) box.
I opted for egg fried rice as my base then added some beef and chilli Chinese leaves. This was quickly piled into a medium box by the friendly counter woman. I opted to sit-in at one of the chunky wooden tables.
The food proved pretty decent with the lightly pickled cabbage particularly good. It was a hearty box of lunchtime scran.
So overall, the Tea House looks to be another interesting idea. I enjoyed the food and am intrigued to try their tea on a future visit. Give it a go if the idea tickles your fancy.
Blythe scores Tea House
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
I ate: beef, pickled Chinese leaves and fried rice
I wore: pink shirt
Total bill: £5.80
Address: 17 St Patrick Square, Edinburgh EH8 9EZ