Goldfish Tea really knows what it is doing. The prices are a bit high but I’ve never seen a tea house that can equal it (note that if you bring a travel mug the prices are lower). The owners’ passion for tea and China is evident from the second you step in the door. The decor is impressive, with substantial hardwood furniture from China throughout the store and teapots and statues lining the walls. It is one of the very few shops I have seen with any pu-er tea, but it goes further and provides several choices of both cooked and raw.
They also offer free tea tastings, which is pretty incredible to me. They prepare three different teas of your choice – typically a green, an oolong, and a black – and steep each three times. The whole process takes about one hour, during which the guide will also discuss the teas offered and answer any questions the group has about tea.
The shop’s limitation to only Chinese teas is a bit curious at first, but it seems that their Chinese contacts are central to their business and they would rather be experts at everything they sell. They also do not offer milk for tea. Despite being limited to Chinese teas, the selection is far greater than any other tea shop I have seen around here, but I still would have liked to see a couple from India at least. They also serve locally roasted coffee, which smelled excellent. I had the iced coffee and it was very flavorful, with hints of chocolate and cherry and a slightly bitter finish. My family reported that the smoothies were very good. The one other quibble I have is that they recommend 3 minute steeps for all teas, where I feel that half that is enough to bring out the flavor of greens without the astringency.
Goldfish Tea Edit
|Serves||Chai, Iced, Loose-leaf, Bagged|
|Food||Pastries, Sandwiches, Snacks|
|Features||Afternoon tea, Free wi-fi, Tastings|
|Good For||Groups, Dates, Meetings|
|Mon–Thu||9:00 AM–10:00 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM–12:00 AM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM–11:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:00 AM–10:00 PM|
- 117 West 4th Street
- Royal Oak Charter Township, Michigan 48067
- (248) 541-5252