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Tamon Tea

Map2055A Center St.
CA 94704
  • Japanese
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Portable and easy-to-eat Samurai-style snacks, including sweets and savories, bring on the crowds at this Berkeley two-seater. Tamon Tea sells chewy sweet mochi, hot curried donburi, jasmine lemonade, the octopus balls known as takoyaki, the skewered sweets and savories known as dango, and transcendentally light and fluffy shaved ice. But the main attraction here are omusubi: plumply pocket-sized, truncatedly triangular, nori-wrapped rice balls served plain or with fillings ranging from pickled plum to sukiyaki beef to spicy tuna to salmon skin to Hawaii’s pride, Spam. These rustic wonders are often called musubi—but Tamon Tea grants them the honorific prefix o. They are delicious when paired with Tamon’s hot tea, iced tea, green tea, barley tea, ginger tea, English tea, pan-roasted hojicha, rice-dotted genmai cha, or Tea Ceremony–staple matcha. Or, you know, Coke. Lining a glass case like fat, powdered gems are desserts, a perfect meal-ender, though you might want to hold out for the epic uji-kintoki, an unbeliebable bean-and-tea sundae. Open 10:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Mon.–Sat.

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Location: Berkeley-Downtown
Price: $

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