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Posted on: Friday, 12 August 2011

O’ways Teacafe in Claremont

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O'Ways Teacafe

O’Ways Teacafe

Tea houses haven’t exactly taken off in Cape Town. While we embrace coffee culture with almost religious zeal, we tend to sniff our noses at anywhere that offers anything other than Ceylon and Rooibos (or perhaps Green Tea or Chamomile for the real daredevils.) The now defunct Tea Emporium in Cavendish Mall had dozens of varieties of tea, but its many Eastern-inspired teapots stood empty whilst denizens of the mall jostled for room in the coffee shops.

Thankfully we now have a new tea house in the suburbs to challenge the coffee oligarchy. O’ways Teacafe offers more than sixty-four exiting forms of nigiro teas and infusions sourced from all over the world.  The exotic names are enough to make you try them all; Chinese Gunpowder, Strawberries and Cream and even the more esoteric flowering teas.

The whole act of tea drinking is a ritual unto itself. Coffee may be all about the buzz, but tea is a slower, more refined beverage that takes it time.

First, the smelling of the different varieties of teas and infusions in their clear glass jars. Each tea also has a story and description of origin which helps to really immerse you within the tea-drinking experience.

 

O'Ways Teacafe

 

Next is watching the careful process of tea-making unfold. The tea is steeped in a glass tea pot and timed by an old-fashioned sand timer. When sufficient time has elapsed, the sieve is removed and it’s time to drink. O’ways does offer top-quality Origin coffee. The specialty coffee beans are sourced from Africa and transformed through artisan roasting into a rich cup of Joe. When you’re looking for your morning buzz; it more than delivers.

The menu is diverse offering a variety of delicious Asian-inspired meals. For breakfast I chose soft fried free range eggs with a chickpea patty and tomato-basil salsa, which was delicious. My friend (and fellow tea drinker) had a Taiwanese Dan Bing pancake omelette with guacamole and lime yoghurt.

Both meals were elegantly presented, appealing to look at and filling. I was so impressed with the delicious breakfast that I have vowed to return for lunch. A quick glance at the menu shows an interesting fare including Honey and Mustard Tofu slices in a ciabatta, Creamy young pea and lemon verbena soup, Tom Yum broth and warm vermicelli salad.

 

O'Ways Teacafe

 

Contact Details & Address
Shop no.2, Heritage House, 20 Dreyer Street, Claremont, Cape Town.
Telephone: +27 (0)21 671-2850

Claremont Links

 

Helen Rushton

About 

After living in London and travelling the world for many years and more recently living in the Mother City, I now reside on a tranquil sugar cane farm in Kearsney; an area steeped in the history of South Africa’s sugar industry. During the summer months I get involved with the community by assisting the local primary school with swimming lessons at our country club. Some of my favourite things are reading or picking freshly grown vegetables and Iceland poppies in our garden. Milly, my boxer loves her walks to the river that runs through our farm and sometimes, Sandy the cat I hand reared, joins us for a stroll!

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