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Teaism - Lafayette Square

800 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20006

202-835-2233

Neighborhood: Downtown, Downtown

Cuisines: Japanese, Breakfast

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Friday 7:30 to 5:30; Saturday and Sunday closed.

Nearby Metro Stops: McPherson Square, Farragut West

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Intimate

Reservations: Not Accepted

Website: http://www.teaism.com

Best Dishes:
Bento boxes; beef ochazuke; Thai chicken curry; salty-oat and chocolate/salty-oat cookies; ginger/limeade.

Price Details:
Small plates $2 to $6.50, bento boxes $8.75, entrées and sandwiches $6 to $8.50.

Teaism - Lafayette

An oasis for tea and Asian-inspired snacks

The food: Half tea shop and half restaurant, the Lafayette Square Teaism (other branches are in Penn Quarter and Dupont Circle) is an Asian-style teahouse that draws influences from Japan, Thailand, and India. For breakfast, try cilantro-scrambled organic eggs and tea-cured salmon or Irish oatmeal with apricots and raisins. Lunch offerings include sandwiches, rice-and-tea soups, and five different bento boxes ($8.75) with centerpieces such as seared tuna, fried chicken, or teriyaki salmon. To go with the tea are confections such as shortbread, jasmine crème brûlée, and coconut rice pudding. There’s a selection of hot and cold drinks, looseleaf teas (black, white, oolong, green), and tisanes.Afternoon tea ($20) is available British-style (scones, tea sandwiches, tartlets) or Asian (tea-cured salmon, mochi, ginger ice cream).

The scene: The entry serves as a gift shop with teapots, bowls, mugs, and packaged teas. Get a hot tea or chai milkshake or one of Teaism’s famous salty-oat cookies from the front counter. For those who linger, marble bistro tables near large windows overlook H Street and Lafayette Park. Walls are decorated with work by local artists.

What’s nearby: Lafayette Park and the White House are steps away, and the historic Decatur House is across the street. The Corcoran Gallery of Art is about 2½ blocks down 17th Street, and the Farragut West Metro stop (Orange and Blue lines) is easily accessible.

Insider tips: Can’t make it during business hours? Both the Penn Quarter and Dupont Circle locations offer a more elaborate menu and longer evening and weekend hours.