on September 7, 2004
When looking at the name of this place, and looking at the restaurant from the outside, it's hard to exactly determine what to expect at The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. Located on 13th Street, right next to the bi-weekly Boulder County Farmer's Market, the unique blue structure is both a teahouse (with over 80 teas) and restaurant with a large variety of ethnic foods.
According to documentation available in the restaurant, The Teahouse was presented to Boulder by the mayor of Dushanbe, which is the capital of Tajikistan. For over three years, more than 40 artists from Tajikistan created all of the decorative elements of the restaurant, which include the hand-carved columns, tables, stools, ceiling, and more. When you step inside, it feels like you're entering a museum, not a restaurant. It is easy to be distracted by the ceiling, or by one of the tables in which patrons must kneel in front of to eat.
Although the restaurant is from Tajikistan, the menu is comprised of ethnic dishes from around the world. With quality ingredients and fresh produce, the menu items are as varied as the unique painted ceiling. On my visit, I had a Mediterranean Pizza. With any meal, one should choose a tea from their menu of over 80 teas.
Despite the fancy decorations and unique menu, the prices are very, very reasonable. Brunch prices are always cheaper, though.
For more information, please visit www.boulderteahouse.com
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