Asha Tea House is a rare hybrid: a serious teahouse where fruity boba drinks and fine Chinese teas are prepared with the same attention to detail. Owner David Lau aims to bring Asian tea culture — high-, low-, and middlebrow — to a wider American audience. Pick any drink and you’ll notice the difference: A standard pearl milk tea features organic Assam black tea and hormone-free milk; the chewy tapioca pearls are nearly indistinguishable from the ones sold by the best boba hawkers in Taiwan. Fruit-flavored drinks, like the refreshing Fuji apple black tea, have house-made seasonal fruit purées as their base. Meanwhile, there’s an excellent selection of higher-end loose-leaf teas, all served in a traditional lidded bowl called a gaiwan.
Hours: Sun.-Mon. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Payment Type: Cash, all major credit cards