Among many food adventures with my father, we included a trip to the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. It was rumoured that they offered tea tasting, but to our disappointment, the menu only offered some tea sets, sweets and a small selection of entrées. We decided to stay for a spot of "afternoon tea" despite the limited menu and this is what we ate...
We ordered a Jasmine Tea Set each, one with mochi cakes and one with salty rice crackers.
The bottom of my Jasmine tea cup
We still felt peckish after these bites and it was almost lunchtime so we decided to order a couple of larger dishes to share. We were very intrigued by the sound of the Green tea soup (Nori Ochazuke) and we also ordered the Japanese noodle soup (Udon).
The Nori Ochazuke arrived in two pieces: the tea in a teapot and the rice, puffed rice kernals and seaweed in an accompanying bowl. We absolutely loved the variety of textures in this dish; crunchy rice kernals, chewy seaweed strips, bouncy boiled rice and a delicately flavoured watery broth.
What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with your father:) The first photo looking up at the tree is my favorite!ReplyDelete
Everything to do with Japanese dining always looks so elegant!ReplyDelete
Tea on rice? Thats interesting and convenient!ReplyDelete
I've never been to the Japanese tea garden. I'd imagine it was beautiful. And the mochi are so cute!ReplyDelete
My favorite spot for tea in the city is Samovar...
What a lovely way to spend the afternoon! Everything looks so delicious.ReplyDelete
Regardless of the limited menu, what a wonderful way to spend time with your father.
And what you ordered looks good to my eyes, especially as I've never sampled any of the dishes your ordered. If I should ever find myself in San Fran (again) I will certainly keep this place in mind, for the garden if nothing else.
Also as always, beautiful photography.
So elegant and just looking at the photographs had a calming effect. The photographs are stunning and I can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon with your father.ReplyDelete
Wow, wow, wow. I want to have tea in SF, Japanese style!!ReplyDelete
The green tea rice soup looks fantastic. I've never heard of it. I would love to find it here in Portland. What a nice place and great photos. :)ReplyDelete
As I have said before I am envious of your time and adventures in the Bay area. At least I get to enjoy the culinary adventure thru your post.ReplyDelete
wah! ochazuke! slurp!ReplyDelete
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