Krungthep Tea Time isn’t your typical tearoom.
Or maybe it is and I’m just not familiar with them any more. My perception of a tearoom is set in the days of doilies and lace, quilted cozies and delicate tea cups with rose patterns and handles so small you couldn’t pick one up without raising your pinkie.
At Krungthep there are no doilies, no tablecloths of any kind. The floor is bare concrete, and tea is served in big honkin’ glass mugs.
And the list of teas goes way beyond your basic chamomile or Earl Grey, though both of those are present, albeit with variations in flavors and listed among a couple of dozen others. All of the teas are available hot or iced.
I ordered the Himalayan Quest, an organic black tea from Nepal, and had it on ice. The flavor was strong and bold and took me back to the days when I drank iced tea by the gallon. (Some day I’ll tell you why I no longer drink iced tea. It involves a 2 a.m. trip to an emergency room in lower Manhattan.)
Krungthep — it’s another name for Bangkok and is pronounced something close to grong-TEPP — also has an array of nice sandwiches. (No, no cucumber or watercress sandwiches with the crusts trimmed away). Going with the Thai theme, I chose the Green Curry sandwich, which the server cautioned had a bit of a kick.
Indeed it did, and a pleasant one at that. It featured cubes of chicken with grilled eggplant slices and mozzarella and spicy green curry sauce on toasted sunflower bread. It was served with a lovely mesclun salad with peanut dressing. It was all delicious.
Service was casual but attentive. And I liked that I was thanked as I was leaving. Makes me wish I were a tea drinker again.
Krungthep Tea Time is at 1051 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park (just east of Orlando Avenue). It is open for lunch and dinner daily. The phone number is 407-733-3561.