Himalaya Teahouse

★★★★★

About Himalaya Teahouse

Categories

Food

Food
More choices in Astoria:
Resultset_next

Bernie's Bar & Grill

105 E 3RD St Vermont, IL

Resultset_next

Pottsie's Roadhouse

70 W Main St Ipava, IL

4.6667 3
Hi! Sign in to let us know how Himalaya Teahouse was?
Write a Review
.

Himalaya Teahouse is inviting from the outside, and more so once you've stepped in. Decorated quaintly outside with bamboo where you'll often find siding, the tea house inside is spare, with a few rugs hanging on the walls, which are painted a solid, soothing blue.

To eat, we had thukpa, a broth with what appeared to be hand-shaved noodles and boiled beef (we had ordered chicken, but alas), and momos, tasty Tibetan dumplings, also in broth. We may have found these bland under normal circumstances, but (a) the food of the Himalayas is meant to fortify, not enchant, and (b) we couldn't taste much through the late-winter cold plaguing our sinuses. (The two of us visited in the midst of a shared, godawful cold.) What the food was lacking in pep, it made up for in delicacy, a feat considering we were eating beef with noodles and dumplings.

Where Himalaya Teahouse shines, unsurprisingly, is the teas. One of us was further along in our viral infection than the other, prompting one order of the Black Velvet, a mint-licorice tea designed to encourage recuperation; the sicker one went with Fellini's Folly, a rooibos-mint blend for those in the thick of a cold. They tasted good regardless of any health benefits. (What the "Really Goethe" lemon myrtle-jasmine-gunpowder blend is supposed to do, we have no idea.)

We've seen the restaurant floated on Astoria message boards as a late-night hangout, as they serve a handful of beers and wines. We understand the impulse to have a beer in a setting other than a bar, but we can't imagine coming here to kick back a brewski. We prefer to come here for a sense of calm, a pot of Fellini's Folly, and the best momos in town.

4
★★★★☆

Himalaya Teahouse is inviting from the outside, and more so once you've stepped in. Decorated quaintly outside with bamboo where you'll often find siding, the tea house inside is spare, with a few rugs hanging on the walls, which are painted a solid, soothing blue.

To eat, we had thukpa, a broth with what appeared to be hand-shaved noodles and boiled beef (we had ordered chicken, but alas), and momos, tasty Tibetan dumplings, also in broth. We may have found these bland under normal circumstances, but (a) the food of the Himalayas is meant to fortify, not enchant, and (b) we couldn't taste much through the late-winter cold plaguing our sinuses. (The two of us visited in the midst of a shared, godawful cold.) What the food was lacking in pep, it made up for in delicacy, a feat considering we were eating beef with noodles and dumplings.

Where Himalaya Teahouse shines, unsurprisingly, is the teas. One of us was further along in our viral infection than the other, prompting one order of the Black Velvet, a mint-licorice tea designed to encourage recuperation; the sicker one went with Fellini's Folly, a rooibos-mint blend for those in the thick of a cold. They tasted good regardless of any health benefits. (What the "Really Goethe" lemon myrtle-jasmine-gunpowder blend is supposed to do, we have no idea.)

We've seen the restaurant floated on Astoria message boards as a late-night hangout, as they serve a handful of beers and wines. We understand the impulse to have a beer in a setting other than a bar, but we can't imagine coming here to kick back a brewski. We prefer to come here for a sense of calm, a pot of Fellini's Folly, and the best momos in town.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

Food prepared and cooked fresh. The service is wonderful. The atmosphere is amazing, its a very home like feel, like you are visiting good freinds or family. The beef dumplings and stirfry dishes are very good. I go atleast everyother week. The tea selection is extensive.

2
★★★★★

Food prepared and cooked fresh. The service is wonderful. The atmosphere is amazing, its a very home like feel, like you are visiting good freinds or family. The beef dumplings and stirfry dishes are very good. I go atleast everyother week. The tea selection is extensive.

Pros: food at very good prices

Cons: nothing comes to mind

.

This is such a great place -- the food is so fresh and well prepared and presented. The ambience is part of the dining experience, just very relaxing and serene. I found myself really appreciating the quality of the tea at this Teahouse -- tried flavors I'd never had before -- the iced tropical fruit and black tea as well as the iced "Long Island Strawberry" really redefines what iced tea can be, and the hot teas are equally as good -- they come in little presses, you let the tea steep and then just push the plunger down, voila!

My favorite food there would have to be the beef momos -- nothing at all like Chinese dim sum, much more of a meal. The dough wrapped around the savory beef filing is as delicious as the filling itself. There's also the "Himalaya" momo, a vegetarian deal with chickpeas and ginger and lord knows what else, that's a taste sensation.

I highly recommend this place!

2
★★★★★

This is such a great place -- the food is so fresh and well prepared and presented. The ambience is part of the dining experience, just very relaxing and serene. I found myself really appreciating the quality of the tea at this Teahouse -- tried flavors I'd never had before -- the iced tropical fruit and black tea as well as the iced "Long Island Strawberry" really redefines what iced tea can be, and the hot teas are equally as good -- they come in little presses, you let the tea steep and then just push the plunger down, voila!

My favorite food there would have to be the beef momos -- nothing at all like Chinese dim sum, much more of a meal. The dough wrapped around the savory beef filing is as delicious as the filling itself. There's also the "Himalaya" momo, a vegetarian deal with chickpeas and ginger and lord knows what else, that's a taste sensation.

I highly recommend this place!

Pros: freshness of food, ambience

Cons: none I can think of

 

Wait, you're the expert.

If you've been to or used Himalaya Teahouse, leave a review.

It's easy, only takes a couple of minutes and you'll help thousands make an informed decision.



Write a Review