My new tea-time heaven

So I’ve relocated to Cape Town in South Africa for a bit, which is great news for all of you as it’s the chance for me to share some wonderful new food experiences with you. From cafes and restaurants to exciting new recipes – watch this space, there’s plenty to come.

Today I met up with my sister for lunch. Angie is always on the lookout for exciting new places for me to try and today, as usual, she came up trumps.

Oway Teacafe is a beautifully unique place for a tea or coffee break, breakfast or lunch. Its welcoming, sleek Oriental-style interior is furnished with mismatched tables and chairs and full of exotic goodies to sample and purchase to take home.

First the tea. They serve over 80 types, ranging through green, white, Chinese, Oolong, black, red, herbal infusions, fruit infusions and rooibos…the menu is quite mind boggling. After much pondering we went for two of the most intriguingly named. Herbal Immensely Beautiful and Gunpowder.

Our teas arrive with their beautiful glass pots ready for brewing
Our teas arrive with their beautiful glass pots ready for brewing

It’s all quite a ceremony (gotta love a ceremony) with glass pots filled with steaming water sat on glass stands with candles to keep the tea warm (amazing how effective it is). The actual tea comes in a separate glass container which fits into the pot when you are ready to start brewing. The presentation also comes with a three-minute egg timer and instructions from the waitress. Three minutes to brew the Gunpowder and six for the aptly-named Immensely Beautiful.

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My Herbal Immensely Beautiful brews in its pretty glass contraption

The Gunpowder was beautifully fresh tasting with a zing of spearmint, while the reddish-pink Immensely Beautiful offered a mix of sweet and floral with hibiscus and blackberry leaf, among others. Wonderfully refreshing brews that you can drink pots of in one sitting…seriously.

The lunch menu offered an exotic-sounding collection of salads, wraps and dim sum. I can never resist a dim sum platter and this combo of dumplings, spring rolls, buns, edamame beans and salad and veggie morsels was packed with flavours. One shared between two was plenty for lunch.

Our tasty dim sum platter with dipping sauces

There’s also a tasty-sounding range of unusual breakfast options and a range of African coffee blends.

A visit to Oways is a fascinating experience with loads of new flavours and traditions to embrace. It’s the sort of place you feel like visiting every day in an attempt to taste everything on the menu.

Of course I couldn’t leave empty handed and left clutching my own pack of Immensely Beautiful to keep me going until my next visit. Which better be soon…anyone for tea?

Oways is at 20 Dreyer Street, Claremont, Cape Town.

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