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Steeping Room

July 26, 2011

Tea is naught but this: First you heat the water, Then you make the tea. Then you drink it properly. That is all you need to know. Sen Rikyu

The Steeping Room.

The Steeping Room is committed to bringing you natural and organic teas and foods whenever possible. We avoid the use of artificial ingredients or flavorings. We favor strong relationships with small and local producers, manufacturers and growers whenever possible. Ultimately, for us, tea is about the uplifting experience of the leaves, the conversations that it inspires, the healthy lifestyle it promotes and the cultures to which it awakens us.

I love The Steeping Room. Every single time I go to the Domain I always make a stop there, either to grab a Napa Roll or a coconut green tea. I have yet to sit inside (it looks really nice!) because the weather has always been perfect when I go so I always sit outside. And because I normally take Basil with me to the Domain. It’s a great place to catch up with a friend or for a first date.

Mojteato.

A cool breeze of the islands. The intensity of Matcha (Japanese green tea powder) is paired with the effervesence of lime, mint, sparkling water and a touch of agave nectar

Napa Rolls.

Two soft spring rolls filled with your choice of tofu or natural chicken, napa cabbage, julienned carrots, and a blend of fresh mint, basil, cilantro and scallions. Served with a sweet and spicy peanut sauce (V, GF).

Century Oaks Tea Service.

For $19.75, you get to choose two kinds of tea sandwiches, a scone with choice of spread and choice of jam, tea cake, and tea cookie. You also get a pot of premium tea, mug of chai or tea-tail.

TBLT. 

Natural turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato with basil mayo (GF).

Roast Beef with Chili Lime Tomatoes.

Natural roast beef, feta spread, arugula, sauteed chili lime tomatoes and caramelized onions (GF).

Croque Monsieur.

The Steeping Room’s version of the classic French ham and cheese sandwich. Broiled open faced with scallion aioli and tomato (GF).

The Steeping Room is known for their pastries, especially for their freshly made scones and clotted cream. I’ve never had clotted cream before eating at the Steeping Room and I have to say, I’m a fan. Too bad it comes at a hefty price. Clotted cream is a thick cream made by indirectly heating full-cream cow’s milk using steam or a water bath and then leaving it to cool slowly.

My absolute favorite tea is the coconut green tea from The Steeping Room. I’m seriously addicted.
I haven’t tried their brunch but if anyone wants to go, let me know :).

The Steeping Room
11410 Century Oaks 
Austin, TX 78758
For more information, visit The Steeping Room. 

WRITTEN BY:

Jane Ko is the founder and editor in chef of the food blog, A Taste of Koko. She is a blogger, food photographer, social media ninja, pastry chef, recipe tester, and brand developer. Currently resides in Austin, Texas with her Maltese puppy, Basil.

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