Description and review of Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe, a new restaurant located in the B Street Theatre at the Sofia complex on Capitol Avenue in Midtown Sacramento.
A friend and I recently met for lunch and to catch up at the recently opened Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe located adjacent to the B Street Theatre at the Sofia.
We were greeted immediately upon entering, and asked if it was our first time there – which it was. A helpful staff member gave us a rundown of the menu. We decided to sit down and study the menu before returning to the counter to order. It was a weekday, and while there were a number of patrons already dining there were plenty of tables to choose from.
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If it had been a nice day I would have suggested that we sit outside on the patio, but that was out of the question due to the extremely poor air quality due to the still-burning Camp Fire. The smoke cast such a thick pall that the sun could not penetrate it and there was a decided chill in the air.
When we were ready to order we made our way back to the counter. Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe is counter-service – you place your order and pay and in turn receive a number to display at your table.
Tea Bar and Fusion Cafe has every type of tea and preparation imaginable (frosted tea lattes, blended tea sorbets, fresh brewed iced tea specialties, sparkling tea infusions, hot tea lattes and chai, nitro draught tea, chilled iced artisan teas, steeped organic whole leaf tea, etc.).
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I ordered the chilled, iced artisan tea of the day ($2.95 in-house with refills), and my friend ordered the Endless Pot of tea (tea choice from a list of artisan teas) ($3.50).
The menu at Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe can best be described as “healthy”. Both of us decided to order a Fusion Bowl ($9.95). The fun part of ordering a Fusion Bowl or Fusion Wrap is creating your own dish. You choose a topping, a grain or salad or a combo of the two, and a dressing. To that is added fresh avocado, shredded cucumber, julienne carrots, sesame seeds and daikon sprouts.
My friend ordered the Mango Seared Pork, the combo Israeli Couscous and baby greens, and two dressings – the Creamy Teriyaki and Honey Mustard dressing (all dressings are served on the side). I chose the Cracked Pepper London Broil, the combo Quinoa Rice Blend and baby greens, and the Creamy Teriyaki and Low Fat/Low Calorie Miso dressing.
Note: Tea Bar and Fusion Cafe is also vegetarian friendly – offering Grilled Ginger Tofu and Fireroast Veggies as toppings.
Our teas were delivered in short order, including two cups with the Endless Pot. Our server poured hot water into the teapot over the whole leaf tea, and turned over the timer instructing us to let the tea steep for three minutes.
My friend, who I consider a “tea expert”, was intrigued with the timer as it measured time in three, four, and five minute increments.
It was not long before our meals (with silverware and napkins) were delivered to our table. Both Fusion Bowls looked as good as they tasted! The Cracked Pepper London Broil and Mango Grilled Pork were tender, and the warmth of the meat and the Israeli Couscous and Quinoa Rice Blend complemented the non-cooked ingredients.
Throughout our meal the service was excellent – with our server and other staff members checking to see if we needed a refill of tea or hot water, desired additional dressing, were happy with our meal, etc.
I have to say that I was very happy to share the Endless Pot of hot tea my friend ordered due to the chill in the air!
My friend had noticed that containers for leftovers were available at the takeout stations (which include napkins, plastic utensils, etc.), so she picked up a container to box up the remainder of her meal to take home. I have to admit that I had been really hungry and finished off my bowl – so no leftovers for me!
The restroom at Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe is a bit different – but very practical space-wise. The restroom is unisex – each stall of the shared restroom is fully enclosed with a door, and the sinks are shared. The end result is a restroom able to handle a larger number of patrons efficiently than would have been possible if it were divided into separate “his” and “hers” facilities.
As we left, both of us agreed that we will certainly be returning to Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe again in the future.
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Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe Snapshot:
- 2700 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95816
- (916) 444-8227
- Hours: Monday – Saturday (10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.); Sunday (11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
- Outdoor patio
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