Halita'tea Tea Room

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    ( 3 reviews )

5 Hillel Street, Jerusalem, Israel

Serves fish, vegan options available. This tea house, located in the Ben Yehuda area, offers teas from all over the world. Has vegan pastries as well Indian dishes, breakfast and brunch all day. Open Mon-Thu 9:00am-9:00pm, Sun 7:00am-2:00pm, 9:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Indian, Western, British, Kosher, Non-veg

3 Reviews

First Review by A.Z.P.

cute and romantic - Edit

Very good location, city center but very quiet.
The gnocchi was great, and the whole concept of Tea House is very unique for them.
Each dish comes with a tea pitcher which is also very nice and the food is yummy yummy.

Very pricey but worth for special occasions (went there on Valentine’s Day and had the best time)

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Lovely but somewhat expensive - Edit

The place is very cute and especially cozy in winter. The selection of various kinds of tea is satisfying and I enjoyed most of them. The vegan options on the menu are all delicious and more interesting than you would find in most vegetarian cafes that serve vegan dishes as well, but a bit more expensive than what you would normally find. Try any of the vegan gnocchi options if you're feeling a little fancy or the vegan options among the meals that come along with a small pot of tea if you want to try a variety of flavors.
Great place for a quiet meeting with a friend, for a date or for sitting alone with a laptop.

Pros: great vegan dishes and special tea

Cons: more expensive than regular coffee shops

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Nice try, but needs to up their game - Edit

I'll start with the positives. It has an amazing location. It's in the center of town, but nestled perfectly in a quiet little culdesac. The TeaHouse is small and only has maybe 8 or 9 tables. The atmosphere is warm and intimate. Nice for a date or catching up with a friend. The place has charm. It has a little stage, nice music playing, its welcoming, and small things like the menu show they put a real effort and dedication into this place.

Unfortunately, neither the tea nor the food live up to the atmosphere. I tried a few teas, including a green tea and the blandest Chai I've ever had. The milk was stronger than the Chai. Honestly, if my palate was weaker I would have mistaken it for a weak cup of coffee.

Somehow the food is even less spectacular. I definitely give HalitaTea credit for attempting possibly the most exotic (but short) vegetarian menu in Jerusalem, but if you can't execute, don't try it. I recognize from going to other TeaHouses that food is secondary, but I was not impressed.

The Morroccan skewers had no flavor and no one wants to eat tofu without a sauce, no matter how you cook it. Lesson one of tofu is, it is only as good as the sauce you put it in. The portion was also not a 50 shekel portion (fortunately my fiancee doesn't eat alot). On the other hand, on a separate visit, a friend who does eat alot ordered the Indian Daal and was very disappointed. A 50 Shekel Entree should not come on an empty plate with a half filled small bowl in the middle of it. When I asked him about the flavor he responded "decent". The "East-West" used almost exclusively non-asian vegetables and firmed up my understanding that this place has no idea of what to do with, or how to cook, tofu. The Spring Salad advertised having blue cheese and seasonal fruitS in it. There weren't fruitS, there was fruit (more specifically a ton of apple) and the amount of blue cheese (which was pretty weak blue cheese if it was blue cheese) wouldn't have satisfied a mouse. In fairness, the salad was the only good sized portion I've had there.

I went back a second time hoping that the first night was an off night, but sadly it was more of the same. My recommendation to HalitaTea, is either cut the food and specialize on tea, make a simpler veg menu, or get new recipes. The tea also needs some work. It's a nice place for a quiet cup of tea, but definitely not for a big dinner. I really wanted to like this little TeaHouse and I hope its tea and food will improve with time.

Pros: Quaint and Charming Atmosphere, Very pleasant service

Cons: Food prices too high, Portions too small, Poorly cooked and flavorless

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