Restaurant Review: Tea Time on Main Street

March 1, 2012

Restaurant Reviews, Reviews

Peculiarities and eccentricities make Vancouver’s Main Street a hot spot for neat side stores, boutiques and cafés. Closeted in beside eclectic high-end shops is a tea store with an eastern touch.

Shaktea is a small boutique-style tea merchant with an array of seventy five teas with a menu of delectable sandwiches, pastries and cookies. Their afternoon tea service is worth a reservation – quality eats and tea that warm body and mind.

The name Shaktea was derived from the Hindu Goddess that represents feminine energy, harmony and restoration.

The delicious teas alone are enough to get you energized.

The most impressive feedback I got from customers was from Shaktea’s Rooibos collection. African Dream is exceptional, what Shaktea describes as “a sensual and mysterious blend” with strawberry accents.

Shaktea is warm and comforting, along with the full breadth of their tea assembly, ranging from white to green, fruit to oolong.

Never has there been a café that captures the healthy, laid-back environment of Vancouver so well. Shaktea has spun the unique West Coast method of converting casual, calm lifestyle into the “hip” and desired condition.

Much as the eclectic centres of streets like Main and Commercial attract people looking to catch this condition, Shaktea weaves relaxation into a culinary experience.

The café also brings and promotes local art. Jackie Frioud, a potter based out of Horseshoe Bay, creates salt fired masterpieces of teaware that are on display and for sale, as well as unique tea cozies made from recycled sweaters, crafted by Main Street local Quincey Erin.

These artistic touches give the shop personality, and a feel of comfort that is so elusive compared to franchise coffee and tea shops like Starbucks or Blenz.

However, in order to maintain their intimate environment, the café is small, and invites the need for reservations. In the event of a large group, seats may not be available.

Nevertheless, if ever out shopping in Vancouver’s eclectic streets, one should set aside time to visit Shaktea, a tea shop that exudes tranquility, while serving energetic tastes that offer warmth and comfort to a rainy, West Coast city.

3702 Main Street (at the corner of East 21st Ave) Vancouver, BC

Elizibeth Ashton

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