A few weeks ago, one of our interns stopped by Dobra Tea and couldn’t wait to share her experience with our readers. Dobra Tea describes itself as a “Bohemian-style” tea house where friends may take time to unwind and bond over tea and light fare. Each months features several musical and dance performances by local and international artists, as well as belly dancing and tarot-reading lessons. So, what should you know about Dobra Tea?
The Atmosphere: Dobra Tea describes itself as a “Bohemian-style” tea house, though one might say that its interior is more reminiscent of a Turkish tea house. Patrons have the option of either dining in the public dining area or small, raised alcoves partitioned with beaded draperies. The walls are adorned with photographs and painted in shades of coral, cool turquoise, and sunflower yellow.
Patrons have the choice of either reclining on cloud-soft benches that wrap around the length of the alcove; intimately-positioned sofas; or small cushions on the floor that encircle the table. Traditional patterns are featured as mosaics on both tables and beneath some of the windows.
The dining area is not particularly large, but it does offer patrons the dual experience of creating a quiet, relaxing environment in which one may chat with old friends, yet further the sense of community amongst patrons. The way in which the seating is positioned allows one intimate and private conversations with friends, yet allows a broad view of the restaurant and other patrons. Outside seating has recently been made available. Rating: 10/10
The Service: The staff at Dobra Tea are exceptionally knowledgeable about their product – quite an impressive considering their selection of over 100 teas! Our server made us feel very welcome and treated us as if we were old friends who had come for a visit. He also was able to expound at length about the history, make, and quality of each tea, and his suggestions were perfectly tailored to both my preferences and those of my friend. Rating: 10/10
The Tea: I drank the plum tea, which featured small pieces of dried plum mixed throughout. I enjoyed its subtle fusion of sweet and sour, but the pieces of plum distracted me slightly from fully enjoying the flavor. However, I tend to not prefer any fruits in my beverages (i.e not pieces of fruit in smoothies, no pulp, etc), so this should not pose a problem to most patrons.
My friend drank the Rooibos Masala tea, which couples cinnamon, cinnamon, fennel, ginger, and orange peel to offer the tongue an initial sweet taste that turns into a kick that challenges even the most heat-resistant palate. The taste was subtle enough that it do not conflict with her hummus and vegetable plate, but distinct enough to leave your mouth both delighted and surprised. I returned several times later with other friends, each of whom could only say good things about their tea of choice. Rating: 10/10
The Food: Dobra Tea offers individual-sized portions of international treats like pita bread and hummus, chocolate medicine balls, fresh fruit, baklava and more. On my first visit, I tried pita Jerusalem, which are thin slices of pita coated in cinnamon – a perfect accompaniment to sweet or spicy teas and a great choice for those who prefer sweet-and-salty treats. My friend ate a rich, lightly-seasoned hummus with air-light pita and sliced vegetables. The portions are on the smaller side, so it is best to order a plate for each member in your group. 9/10
Affordability: Since it caters to specialty tastes, Dobra Tea’s beverages are somewhat more expensive than at your local coffee shop (anywhere from $4-$8 depending on the ingredients, and then more if you order a kettle of tea versus a single cup). Tea and appetizers for two people should cost only around $25 dollars, which is quite reasonable considering the cozy atmosphere, excellent service, and wide selection of quality teas and appetizers. Rating: 9/10
In short, my experience with Dobra Tea was quite good – the teas were delicious and affordable, the service was excellent, and the atmosphere makes one feel as if one is in a Turkish tea house from hundreds of years ago. I have gone back several times with friends, and their quality of service and fare never fails to delight.