Eat/Drink SF : Slowing down to recover and Samovar Tea Lounge

Most of last week, I was battling it out with my body. With only a fever and no other symptoms, I wasn’t sure what I was dealing with, but I took a fever reducer and cancelled most of my evening plans. By Friday, I was feeling more like myself, but wanting to take it easy, I opted out of a wine tasting trip on Saturday. Instead of sipping on wine, I sipped on tea. Ryan and I spent most of our morning at Samovar Tea Lounge, just a few blocks away from Dolores Park.

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I was pretty stoked about snagging one of the nooks by the window. It was a good spot to watch passersby, as well as the inside of the shop.

Samovar Tea Lounge

Temperatures were in the 70s and 80s in San Francisco for the weekend. Talk about an early summer. I don’t complain too much because we do get June Gloom, and July 4th weekend is usually quite chilly. To cool down a bit, I ordered the chilled Schizandra Berry Tea. It was a little bit tart and a lot refreshing. Next up, Tea Soup – seasonal tea broth over rice, veggies, wakame and shiitake mushrooms. I opted for smoked duck as my protein. The tea soup itself was on the clear, bland side without much flavor, perfect for recovery. The smoked duck was delicious, and its saltiness helped bring out the flavors of the tea soup.

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We also ordered two of our Samovar favorites. The last time we were here, we ordered these same things. We are hardly creatures of habit, but if something is good, we will order it again. And we always find it hard to resist a cheese plate.

Local Artisan Cheese Platter with Raw Honeycomb, Seasonal Fruits, Wheat Crisps

Samovar Tea Lounge

Russian Service – Tarragon-Marinated Beets, Smoked Salmon & Horseradish, Devilled Egg with Caviar, Herbed Crackers, Fresh Fruit, Chocolate Brownie

Samovar Tea Lounge

Yes, there are crackers and fruit on both of these plates, but I don’t mind. It ended up being a lot of food for two, so we sat, nibbled and sipped on tea for quite a while. So relaxing.

How do you ease your way back into life after recovering from being sick?

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  • Currently really parched so really digging the berry tea. Also, the cheese plate. 

    • If only you could reach through the screen and grab a drink. ;)

  • That tea soup sounds so intriguing! I’ve never heard of anything like that. Also, a cheese plate is ALWAYS good for what ails ya.

  • ewiley

    That sounds like the cutest little shop. I love tea of all kinds and wonder if there is anything similar to it here in Seattle.

    • I haven’t been here, but it might be along the same lines – – the reviews make me think it’s a different vibe, but still a place to check out.

      • ewiley

        Ooh, not quite what you went to, but it still looks like a fun place to try.

        • Let me know if you try it out! I’d love to hear how it is. :)

  • I like Samovar – there is one right by my house, but we rarely go – this reminds me that I should since it is tasty and fun!

    • The one near your house is the one we went to first! They have that crazy powerful hand dryer. :p

  • The food looks really good! Glad to hear you’re feeling better.

  • What! SFO July is chilly? Ugh. Ours is sweltering and painful.

    • Yeah, tourists get thrown off, and I think that’s when most of the SF sweatshirt and fleece sales happen. Linda warned me of the summers! I’m waiting until the fall to visit.

  • Looks amazing! I’m especially a fan of adding honeycomb to a cheese plate as it’s an absolutely delicious addition.

    • It’s one of the only places I’ve been to that has done that. There must be more because I agree – honeycomb + cheese works!