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T on Fairfax

Tartans and Tea Sandwiches

by Sylvie Greil

Sandwiches from T on Fairfax tea house in Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles is primarily a latte-toting town, but the tradition of tea is seeing a subtle revival. Case in point: t on Fairfax. Designed as a contemporary interpretation of the traditional British tea house, this new “urban tea café” serves more than 100 organic teas, from black to white to green, but it’s the sandwiches that have us hooked.

Adding a bit of panache to the traditional afternoon tea sandwiches, the menu features fresh produce and hearty breads. Try the Manchego, arugula and fig on pain de mie (a perfect twist on a traditional, no-crust white tea sandwich); cheddar and homemade date chutney on organic whole grain; and grilled Lapsang Portobello with goat cheese on ciabatta. Sandwiches include a choice of freshly-made side salads such as dandelion potato, kale in creamy peanut dressing and scarlet quinoa with baked tofu. Pair them with one of t’s numerous brews: Frost Oolong, steeped at a specific temperature, allowing the tea leaves to unravel slowly and release their woodsy notes; Royal Pu-erh, aged for decades to create a complex and unique flavor; or Ceylon Tips, a delicate, subtle white tea.

We applaud the tartan-patterned barstool seat covers — a playful ode to the Isles. The teahouse also boasts live DJs on Friday and Saturday nights and “deconstructed” tea on Sunday afternoons. Keep an eye out for more locations; t on Fairfax is intended to be the first of three to five locations in the Los Angeles area to be built over the next three years. Unique décor and a fantastic take on traditional British fare make this eatery much more than just a place to get the perfect cup of tea.

t on Fairfax
435 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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