Teahouse Kuan Yin

Written by on May 31, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(teahousekuanyin.com) – Wallingford
How I heard of this place: When I moved to Seattle in 2002, Teahouse Kuan Yin was recommended as a good place to study. It has probably been since that time that I was at the teahouse. It is thanks to Pegah that I rediscovered this small, serene space.
Type of cuisine: For a teahouse, Kuan Yin has a surprising number of culinary options. Everything from tea (of course) and coffee, to pastries, vegan brownies and muffins, to quiche, paninis, samosas and soup.
Ambiance: Quaint and cozy. Limited wooden seats available at tables with so many students finding it a quiet place to study on their laptops, listening to music on their earbuds or quietly studying with friends. The yellow color of the space and the floor-to-ceiling windows help make even the grayest of Seattle days a little brighter.
What I ordered: I ordered the original rooibos winter spice, infused with orange peel, cinnamon and cloves. My friend ordered the lemon verbena after initially considering the go-to herbal choice: peppermint.
What I loved: I loved both of the infusions we sampled. The lemon verbena was light and full of citrus energy and perk. The original rooibos winter spice brought forth the warmth and earthy full-flavors of cinnamon and cloves, perfect for a chilly what-happened-to-summer day.
Why I loved it: I love the quaint setting and bright colors of the space. I loved that we were offered a sands-of-time time keeper for perfect steeping of the teas (though it would have been nice if the barista let us know how long each should be steeped). I loved the calming feel of the space and the serenity that welcomes you to the teahouse.
Cost: Average ($3-$5 for a small pot of tea)

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