Seventh Tea Bar by Portola Coffee Lab Expands Tea + Culinary Offerings

OC’s premiere craft tea house, Seventh Tea Bar, has expanded its tea services and culinary menu with unique interpretations of traditional tea offerings. Named in honor of the traditional Chinese belief that tea is the seventh of the seven necessities, Seventh Tea Bar is located next to its sister establishment, craft coffee leader Portola Coffee Lab, at the OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa (3313 Hyland Avenue).

Tea:
With more than 30 unblended single-estate teas brewed with various methods, Seventh Tea Bar delivers an experience as rich as its coffee concept counterparts, Portola Coffee Lab and Theorem slow bar. Owners Jeff and Christa Duggan focus on a unique and thoughtful selection of unblended teas spanning the globe, but offerings also include fruit and herb-infused custom creations and iced teas on tap. Guests may also opt for the Gongfu Tea Ceremony, a hands-on, individualized approach to tea service commonly used by connoisseurs as a way to maximize the taste of a fine tea.

Cuisine:
Seventh offers various traditional tea services for individuals or groups, complete with tea sandwiches, scones and pastries available throughout the day to fulfill the most commonly followed tea times from around the world. Created by local Chef Katherine Louis, Seventh’s menu includes a thoughtful selection of Tea Sandwiches ($6-$8) made with quality ingredients on artisan breads created by OC Baking Company.

Menu:

Tea Sandwiches

  • The Salty Sweet: Fresh Ricotta, Apricot Jam, Pistachio Pesto, Wild Flower Honey & Cracked Black Pepper
  • Citrus Cured Salmon Roll: House Cured Wild Salmon, Dill Cream Cheese, Shallot-Caper Relish, Shaved Cucumber, Arugula & Sliced Heirlooms
  • Tarragon Chicken Salad: Diced Chicken, Greek Yogurt-Tarragon Vinaigrette, Shaved Green Apple & Scallions
  • The Mediterranean: Feta Cheese, Artichoke & Sundried Tomato Spread, Arugula & Roasted Bell Peppers
  • The Macho Man: Thick Cut Italian Salami, Aged White Cheddar, Sliced Red Onion, Pepperoncini & Whole Grain Mustard

Spreads on Breads
Served with an assortment of breads (2 spreads/order)

  • Za’atar Spiced Goat Cheese Dip
  • Orange-Rosemary Marmalade
  • Olive Tapenade
  • Strawberry-Black Pepper Jam
  • Garlic Confit

Compound Butters
Served with an assortment of breads (2 spreads/order)

  • Cocoa-Vanilla Bean
  • Garlic-Curry
  • Cinnamon-Maple-Almond
  • Simply Plain with a hint of Sea Salt

Kid Friendly

  • Peanut Butter & Honey on White
  • Salami and Cheese on White

Pastries
Selection of croissants, tarts, macarons, truffles, and scones offered daily

Design
The design for Seventh Tea Bar can best be described as Victorian Modern, where old-school tea has a modern edge. The space features multiple seating options from table seating to an oversized chair. In the coming months, a patio will be open for larger groups and special events.

“The popularity of tea is undisputable. After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world and we present the best quality and most interesting unblended single-estate tea selections with various brew methods,” explained Jeff Duggan, who, along with his wife, Christa, opened a barista-driven craft coffee bar, Theorem, late last year. “We’ve spent much time focusing on delivering a unique craft tea experience, and we’re looking forward to add more from the vast world of tea, which is full of interesting twists and nuances.”


 Seventh Tea Bar by Portola Coffee Lab is open daily and located in the OC Mart Mix at 3313 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Reservations are recommended for larger parties and special tea service requests by calling 714-656-2690. For more information, please visit http://www.seventhteabar.com.

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