ZenCha teacup

ZenCha Tea Salon

ZenCha Tea Salon in the Short North Arts District has been on my radar for a while now. The name alone is enough to pique one’s curiosity, and my curiosity finally got the best of me last weekend. I treated my boyfriend to their weekend brunch in what turned out to be the perfect start to a lazy Sunday.

We were welcomed with a sample of the tea of the day and a menu containing over 100 tea varieties—a list that would take months to drink your way through. Don’t know much about tea? No problem. The powers that be at ZenCha Tea Salon (translation: experts on all things tea) provide recommended pairings with each menu item. We opted for a pot of mango green chai tea—a tasty twist on original chai—that we sipped from porcelain cups playfully labeled “tea.”

Next task: tackle the food menu. While the food menu is limited, it is also incredibly unique. After selecting two pancake dishes to try during subsequent visits (we were already anticipating our return), we decided to split the Chocolate Delight. A chocolate Belgian waffle, topped with white and dark chocolate sauces and whipped cream, proved to be the perfect way to satisfy both my sweet tooth and my stomach.

This is one place that deserves a spot on everyone’s must-try list (or in my case, the "must try again" list).