Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tea Garden

Tea Garden
4685 Convoy Street, Suite 110
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 277-8988

This weekend was hot hot hot! I guess it’s better to have one week of summer than no summer at all. I’ve been waiting all summer for it to warm up so I could go to the beach and I finally got a chance this weekend.

The original plan had been to buy some food to bring to the beach to eat, but both BF and Baby Bro wanted to eat somewhere first.  It was hard to decide what to eat. I wanted something quick so we could get to the beach and it was so hot that I honestly wasn’t in the mood to eat much of anything.

We decided to pay a visit to Tea Garden, somewhere we haven’t been since it’s grand opening. I had heard that they served up some decent food, so I decided to give it a shot.

I forgot to take a picture of the menu; I guess the heat got to me.  The lunch specials come with a free black or green tea. Most of the lunch entrees were priced at around $7-8.

There were a couple of items I wanted to try, but in the end I chose the beef noodle soup. I wasn’t expecting much, but I couldn’t resist, as I was curious how Tea Garden’s version would be. The bowl of soup was huge. Priced at $6.99, I was surprised at how big the bowl was. It was about the size of one of my mixing bowls, rather than an individual serving.

I went into this place with very low expectations. Most of the tapioca tea places serve food that is made by college students working minimum wage so I don’t expect much when I eat at these places.  I have to admit, I thought the food was decent and above average compared to other tapioca tea places in San Diego.

The beef noodle soup was spicy which I liked.  The noodles actually had a nice chew to them; I thought they would be the typical mushy noodles that I often get.  The beef tendon was nice and tender. The broth tasted like it had been made with powder and flavoring rather than a stew of bones and meat cooking on the stove for hours.  It wasn’t a bad tasting broth, it just wasn’t very “real.”  It reminded me a lot of the broths used in my instant beef bowl of noodles from Taiwan.

All in all, it was a decent dish. It was like eating a nicer version of my instant beef bowl of noodles.

Baby Bro chose to order shrimp wontons noodle soup.  The wontons actually did not contain any shrimp; instead the shrimp were separately inside the noodle soup.

BF chose chinese sausage fried rice.

Baby Bro’s GF chose a salt and pepper fish filet dish, served with rice and vegetables.

I did enjoy this experience better than my first one.  You can read my previous post on Tea Garden here.
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8 Responses to “Tea Garden”

  1. 1

    Rosa — September 28, 2010 @ 8:33 am

    Hehehe, I like how you had hot soup on a hot day!

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    Soo — September 28, 2010 @ 10:39 am

    The menu looks pretty good. How did your brothers like the won ton soup and the fried rice?

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    Faye — September 28, 2010 @ 10:45 am

    I think this is my favorite Taiwanese boba/fast food place here in SD right now.
    How was the won ton soup? Was it flavorful? Did the wontons seem home made?
    We tried their home made gyoza last time and it was actually pretty good. The food there surprised me as well (in a good way!).
    My friend loves loves loves their shrimp fried rice. I took her to 168 the other day and she still thought the food at Tea Garden was better.
    Have you ever been to Tea Station? What do you think of food there.
    I tried to click on the link for your previous review on this place but it led me to a yahoo error page?
    Great review!

  4. 4

    Kirbie — September 28, 2010 @ 11:07 am

    Heehee. I had vetoed pho cuz I said it was too hot and then I ended up ordering hot noodle soup anyway!

  5. 5

    Kirbie — September 28, 2010 @ 11:07 am

    They liked it. Everyone liked their food. I think it’s a decent place for a quick lunch and some tea.

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    Kirbie — September 28, 2010 @ 11:10 am

    I agree. I think this is the best boba place for food in SD right now.
    I had one wonton. It seemed like it was homemade, but just your standard little blog of ground beef with store bought wonton wrapper. But the filling did taste like it was homemade rather than the artificial flavoring that the frozen ones have.
    I think Tea Station is overpriced and the food is so-so. I like the food better at Tea Garden.
    Thanks for telling me about the broken link. It should be fixed now. Typepad implemented some new changes yesterday and I’m still trying to figure them all out.

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    RunnerX210@yahoo.com — September 28, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

    I think overall its fairly priced and the food is good. The portions are also very generous and they have an interesting spread of drinks. My favorite place to go for Taiwanese food or tea. Glad you liked it too!

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