In March, Tea Garden closed temporarily to move to a new location. S was quite distraught since it was his favorite place and most-frequently-visited place before I moved to San Diego. (Actually, even after moving to SD, it’s probably been our most-frequently-visited place.) Even though the food isn’t amazing, we like the homestyle and simple dishes, and it’s affordable for students – I don’t think anything on the menu is over $10. In addition, they have a wide selection of milk teas, to which S is quite addicted.
I’ve been eagerly scouting food news since their closing, and I was excited to hear that on April 19, they were re-opening in a new location just a couple of blocks from their previous one. Unfortunately, that plaza happens to have pretty horrible parking, but that’s already a running theme on Convoy St.
The interior looks much nicer and is much bigger. It’s lost much of the Taiwanese “diner” feel to it, actually.
S and I were hoping for some additions or changes to the menu, but everything remained largely the same. We were told that there is a new drink available, though – the Tea Latte (奶蓋茶 in Chinese). S ordered one to try out:
Basically it’s tea with a layer of foamed cream on top. You can either mix the foam in, or drink it from the rim without the straw, so that you get a mouthful of the tea through the foam. Haha. It’s hard to explain, but it tasted good so you should try one for yourself.
I wanted to try something different and spotted the “A-Special” in the noodle section of the menu. It’s a bowl of noodles with minced pork and a bowl of wonton soup. I decided to try it out and was surprised at the amount of food I got! The bowl of noodles was quite huge, and I got a decent-sized bowl of soup.