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By The Loop HK Staff | November 10th, 2020
  • Cafe
  • Central, HK Island

All the Teas: The Tea Academïcs is a modern teahouse by the group behind The Coffee Academïcs, serving everything tea from traditional hand-brews and tea lattes to a plant-based food menu inspired by various tea-producing regions.

Look & Feel: Located on the first floor of Central’s LHT Tower, the cafe is all about pure, natural furnishings, with an emphasis on natural lighting and raw surfaces. The shop uses carefully selected handcrafted teaware, complete with beautiful plating that makes a perfect Instagram post.

On the Menu: The specialty tea menu features single-origin tea leaves from all around the world, from Ceremonial Japanese Usucha (HK$128), the floral and antioxidant-rich Yunnan White Tea (HK$98) and the sweet and toasty Taiwan Red Oolong (HK$98) to the sweet and delicate Pink Chamomile (HK$78). If you’re not sure about traditional hand-brew teas, a good place to start is their tea lattes, which is a new spin to Chinese teas like pu’er and oolong teas. The Pu’erh tea latte (HK$58) is made with the earthy and mellow dark tea, dried mandarin peel, and cocoa powder and gold foil.

Each dish on the mostly plant-based menu is inspired by a tea-producing region. The Indian-inspired Paratha Omelette (HK$88) is made with halloumi, sauteed onion, and organic eggs, while the Matcha Miso Soba (HK$98) with shiitake, pak choi and tea-smoked egg is a fusion of Japanese and Chinese influences. Apart from savory mains, there’s also a selection of sweet treats including scones and loaf cakes.

Meet the Chef: New Zealand native Atisha Kumar was formerly Head Chef at Loretta Restaurant in her home country, which went on to win multiple awards under her lead. Kumar moved to Hong Kong to work as a sous chef at Jamie’s Italian Hong Kong, and was promoted within two years to become Development Chef and Manager of Jamie’s Deli Hong Kong. She now heads the menu for The Tea Academïcs.

Great For: A long catch-up chat with friends, or a quiet afternoon to read or work

FYI: All the tea lattes are created with 100% plant-based soya and almond milk.

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This writeup is a news piece and was not based on a restaurant visit. The Loop HK will update this post once we’ve visited in person.