November 18, 2003
I met some friends there one Saturday afternoon and the eight of us took up the entire backroom. A comfortable sectional surrounds a coffee table. There is also a Chinese-style tea table and chairs available for seating.
You are surrounded by dark, evocative artwork. The menu invites the guests to discuss art and we certainly did. I am not sure whether the exhibits rotate, but I think the owner may be the artist.
The owner -- if that is who served us -- is an attractive young Asian man with a good sense of humor. I wish we had gotten a chance to discuss "art" with him, as the menu suggests!
The menu included a variety of teas, served with a tray of hard candies. I shared a pot of lychee tea with two friends, which cost 9$ with free refills. I also ordered a small moon cake, a Chinese pastry stuffed with lotus paste. It was served with spicy wasabi peas.
The bathroom is one of the coolest places, an art installation of itself. After drinking a few pots of tea, you will no doubt have to visit the facilities anyway. It is entirely unique, down to the fish tank and waterfall.
After this experience, I felt as if I had stumbled on a hidden gem of Boston.
From journal The Hub of the Universe