wyardley wrote:....I think there is sometimes slightly more serious tea drinking at the one near Focus Plaza in the evenings, but I've never gone, and don't really know the details.
I know that there's a shop specializing in pu'er which either has opened or will open soon. It's fairly far east. I will try to post the details here when I have more.
Thanks wyardley, I would love to know about any good tea places in LA. So far, I'm getting some pretty decent senchas from the Nijiya Markets here and ordering directly from Japan.
I'm laughing in sympathy with BioHorn & sherubtse as my experience in Chinatown was similar. Although, my worst experience (because my expectations were so high) was at the Japanese American Museum in Little Tokio at the Chado Tea Room. I was relatively new to Japanese greens so was really looking forward to a tea tasting as posted on their web site. Well, they don't do tastings so we ordered the three most expensive gyokuros & senchas they offered. To my horror they came to the table with what looked like diluted yellow water in several tea pots. No leaves, they had thrown them out! Chado is owned by a knowledgeble Indian guy, so that might suggest to stick to Indian teas there. The Japanese senchas I purchased there were super dry and disappointing.