Asha Tea House Best Of Winner

Hours: Sun.-Mon. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Price: $

At Asha Tea House, the bubble teas are brewed with loose leaves, the boba is cooked fresh at least twice a day, and each drink is mixed and shaken by hand, not by a machine. Factor in the sleek, modern decor and the well-curated selection of snacks, and you've got yourself a boba shop that's a cut above the rest.

Restaurant Details

Asha Tea House is a rare hybrid: a serious teahouse where fruity boba drinks and fine Chinese teas are prepared with the same attention to detail. Owner David Lau aims to bring Asian tea culture — high-, low-, and middlebrow — to a wider American audience. Pick any drink and you’ll notice the difference: A standard pearl milk tea features organic Assam black tea and hormone-free milk; the chewy tapioca pearls are nearly indistinguishable from the ones sold by the best boba hawkers in Taiwan. Fruit-flavored drinks, like the refreshing Fuji apple black tea, have house-made seasonal fruit purées as their base. Meanwhile, there’s an excellent selection of higher-end loose-leaf teas, all served in a traditional lidded bowl called a gaiwan. Food is limited to snacky sweets, all very good, especially the thick, Hong Kong-style condensed-milk toast and the Portuguese egg tarts (supplied by San Francisco’s Massa & Creme).

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Payment Type: Cash, all major credit cards


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