Real Talk: I am obsessed with Tea Rooms. They make me SOOOOOO happy! If you've never been to one, Tea by Two in Bel Air is a great place to try for your first time because it will make you as obsessed as me (well, probably not AS obsessed.....).
Check out this adorableness!!!!
Dan and I had a Groupon/Living Social for Tea by Two, so we were able to get two High Teas for the cost of one (usually $20pp). A High Tea consists of the following: Soup or Salad followed by assorted tea sandwiches, sweets and a warm scone. A great choice for a lunch time visit.
Crab Bisque and ADORABLE TEA POTS
One flaw of the menu is that it doesn't state how much tea is available to you. I found out that with the High Tea, I could try as many pots as I liked!!! This is HUGE for me because I am VERY picky about teas, so it makes it hard to commit to one!
The first type that I ordered was a scented Black tea called Magical Garden - Black and Green blend of citrus, heather and lemongrass. I am 100% sure they gave me the wrong tea because I tasted a berry flavor rather than citrus, and I did not like it. Dan, who is not a fan of tea, decided to try a Rooibos, the Orange Creamsicle - Rooibos Orange and Cream. He actually liked it!!! I thought it was great as well, by itself or with one lump of sugar. The second type of tea that I tried was their Anniversary Blend - Black tea made with rose petals and pearls! I liked this so much that I ended up buying some to take home with me!!
SCONES AND SWEETS AND HAPPINESS
On to the food! Dan and I started with their soup of the day, a creamy crab bisque. And then we were presented with the 3 tiered delight as pictured above. Do you see my face? I'm pretty sure I smiled like that the entire time we were in that tea room. On the bottom level were 2 large butterscotch scones that I SLATHERED with sweet cream and lemon curd. The middle tier held 3 types of finger sandwiches and on top were 3 kinds of sweets (lemon cake, sugar cookie, and mini peach melbas). SO GOOD. ALL OF THEM SO GOOD.
So what can I say? This place is fantastic. The service was amazing and incredibly friendly. The atmosphere is so charming and delightful. The food was surprisingly substantial and not-surprisingly delicious. Their tea selection was broad and unique. Their gift shop was tempting and satisfying. PHEW! Are those reasons good enough for you?
- If you plan to come on a Saturday - MAKE RESERVATIONS! This place is adorable, but tiny, and was quite full when we came at Noon.
- They are unable to seat children under 5, including infants.
- They have a gift shop. Plan to spend money, because you won't be able to stop yourself.
- Please check out the bathroom. They use a teapot wallpaper with which I would like to cover every inch of my own house.