How was it?
Ten Ren Tea is a tea shop/cafe/restaurant in Chatswood. You'd be forgiven for mistaking it for just a small shop selling teas and teapots. That's what I always thought it was, until one day I actually walked inside and saw tables and chairs. So basically, when you walk in you will see that there's a wide selection of teas in bags, bottles and containers as well as tea sets and teapots. If you walk in a little further you will see a little cake display, you'll be able to peer inside their little kitchen and you'll see some tables and chairs.
They have a few tables downstairs and they also have an upper level which is much more spacious. This evening DCM and I decided to sit upstairs. I felt like I was on the set of some Taiwanese drama. There was a couple in serious discussion in one direction, an older man with two girls laughing away outside and two old men having a chat nearby. The decor was mostly beige, a lot of plastic and glass.
The reason I wanted to come here was to get my red bean dessert! (I love red bean! :) But, we had to get something to eat first. The menu is quite funny, there's a lot of 'tea flavoured' items, even tea flavoured sausages! Didn't try that one though, maybe next time. We decided to order the green tea flavoured prawn wonton noodle soup, rice noodles with curry fish balls and a pot of oolong tea.
The green tea flavoured wonton noodle soup had a strong seaweed flavour to it, the noodles were very soft, I'm not sure if I could taste the green tea though! The curry fish balls were good, however very mild and I would've like it to be a little bit spicier.
Even though it was freezing cold outside, I had to get my red bean with crushed ice. I just love it!
There's a wide variety of teas on offer, about four pages of the menu devoted to teas, so it would be hard not to find something to your liking. There's also lots of dessert offerings as well as many unique tea flavoured items that you wouldn't find in any regular Taiwanese or Chinese restaurant. It's open late, so it's great for an evening snack. And, did I mention I love red bean?! ;)
Ten Ren Tea
389 Victoria Ave,
Chatswood NSW 2067