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Teaism - Dupont
A popular urban teahouse and cafe.
Reviewed By Emily Brown
Comments () | Published September 1, 2007

Teaism - Dupont
Address: 2009 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-667-3827
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Cuisines: Japanese, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 AM to 10 PM, Friday 8 AM to 11 PM, Saturday 9 AM to 11 PM Sunday 9 AM to 10 PM
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Reservations: Not Accepted
Price Details: Small plates $2 to $6.50, bento boxes $8.75, entrées and sandwiches $6 to $8.50.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
The food: Half teahouse and half restaurant, the Dupont Circle Teaism (other branches are in Penn Quarter and Lafayette Square) 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 four bento boxes ($8.75) with centerpieces such as grilled vegetables or teriyaki salmon. To go with the tea are confections such as salty oat cookies, jasmine crème brûlée, and coconut rice pudding. There’s a selection of hot and cold drinks, loose-leaf teas (black, white, oolong, green), and tisanes. Afternoon tea ($20) is available British style (scones, sandwiches, tartlets) or Asian (tea-cured salmon, mochi, ginger ice cream).

The scene: A small Japanese garden, with simple wooden benches and a stone sculpture, makes a peaceful entrance to the cafe, just off busy Connecticut Avenue. Inside, teapots, ceramic bowls, and packaged tea are for sale; drinks and food are ordered at the counter. Snag a window seat downstairs or wander up the wide, worn staircase to find a perch in the quieter upstairs room, where many customers are settled in with a book or laptop.

What’s nearby:  Teaism is about two blocks north of the Dupont Circle Metro stop (Red Line). Along Connecticut Avenue are boutiques, bookstores (such as Kramerbooks), restaurants, bars, and clubs. The Phillips Collection, a modern-art museum, is about three blocks away.

Insider tips
: Among the three Teaism locations (including Lafayette Park and Penn Quarter) there are changing art exhibits and meetings. Look online for event listings. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday between 9 and 2:30.
Customers can buy two-ounce packages of tea to brew at home.

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