Mike and I decided to celebrate Easter Sunday by having a nice cup of tea at the Samovar Tea Lounge just outside the Castro. It was such a nice day we sat down outside to watch the passersby, but we took a look inside and it had a very cozy, laid back vibe. To start with we ordered the Russian Service, which included a pot of their Russian tea and some delicacies to munch on: tarragon-Marinated beets, Smoked Salmon & horseradish, deviled egg with caviar, herbed crackers, fresh fruit, and a chocolate brownie. It was definitely a delicious appetizer with enough for two people.
I’m a big fan of black teas, so the strong Russian tea was just delicious. The service was really friendly, and came around often enough without feeling like you were being rushed. One thing I really like about Samovar is they know costumers are there to sit, relax, slow down and have a good time.
After we had finished with the delicious platter, I ordered the Salmon Quiche and Mike got the Jook with Smoked Duck. The Salmon Quiche was quite scrumptious and very satisfying, and I definitely recommend it. The Jook was like a thin rice custard, with sliced duck and spices on the side. It was different, just not my cup of tea so to speak (sorry I had to!).
Samovar is a little on the pricey side, but as they say you get what you pay for. It’s a great experience and a good treat for the soul.
Here’s a nice background video about what they do.