Tea and more are available at TeaMorrow, which celebrated its official grand opening Friday in the 1000 block of Misson Street, occupying the former home of Mix and Munch, a restaurant that mainly featured grilled cheese sandwiches and cold breakfast cereals.
That has all been replaced by a new eatery that looks to build a strong customer base through its noodles, rice, soups, dumplings and, of course, tea.
There are lots of the latter, from Assam tea to mango green tea. There’s even milk tea, fruity tee and moustache tea, made with plenty of foam to get into any moustache.
“We want to make sure that everything tastes great and authentic,” explained co-owner Shawn Zhao. “We’re really focused on the quality of our food and customer service. Those are the most important things to us.”
Zhao claims that around South Pasadena “there is no descent Chinese restaurant and drink bar. Our quality is superb. The entire experience here is fabulous.” The co-owner stressed, “We see great potential here.” The place is full of artwork from a collection of young artists. “When we first designed TeaMorrow, we intended to make it a cozy space where people could chat, read, socialize and share their life moments with others,” reads a portion of the TeaMorrow website. “However, we know it is more than that. We encourage people of all backgrounds to come here and creatively discover this platform. TeaMorrow might bring out the artist and poet in you and you are also defining who we are and what we are capable of.”
Zhao believes the teahouse serves as a center of social interaction and provides a way for people to connect with each other. And take a sip or two of the restaurant’s main product. “Making a perfect cup of tea is a science as well as an art,” he stressed, encouraging those at the ribbon cutting ceremony to give it a try. “We hope you’ll come back,” he said.