Tea Master, as the name indicated, is a casual Chinese tea-house (or cafe) that features drinks and some quick meals. They have various hot tea, iced tea, milk tea, milk shakes, smoothies and fresh juices to choose from. There are also quick meal sets (usually a dish served with rice) and small side dishes you can order.
The cafe is located very close to China town in Fortitude Valley. The interior is simple and clean, although not particularly themed. The dishes were cooked quickly and served after order was placed. All dishes are vegetarian, and many of which are vegan or gluten-free, if not, many can be made vegan upon request as well. The menu is available in both Chinese and English, although the translation isn’t always right. For instance, the desserts were actually Chinese style cold sweet treats featuring shaved ice, red beans, mung beans, jelly or sticky rice balls, not really the “ice-cream” as you would expect normally.
We tried those following:
Dumplings made of carrot, cabbage and vegan minced meat, seasoned with salt and white pepper, served with vinegar and soy sauce. It’s yummy!
Deep-fried vegan faux chicken chunks with salt and pepper. It’s very tasty and crunchy, and the texture is quite meaty.
Deep-fried vegan squid rings, probably made of mushrooms. Honey said it’s quite similar to the original ones when it comes to texture. It’s white, a bit smooth yet meaty. It doesn’t have any sea-food smell though.
Deep-fried vegan prawn sticks, made of carrot, yam (not sure), shiitake mushrooms wrapped in tofu skin and coated with crispy crust. The crust is a bit too hard, but over all it still tastes yummy with the sweet and sour sauce. Although I wouldn’t associate it with anything prawn, lol.
Sweet and sour vegan pork with rice. This is an ok dish, the sauce is overly too sweet. Although I am a sweet and sour food fan, I prefer the ones that have more balanced of the two flavors. Perhaps they used canned pineapple which added too much sugar into the dish?
Last but not least we also ordered Pu’er Tea, as Honey is a tea maniac. Pu’er is a fermented tea from Yunnan province in China, which is black in color although mild in the taste. We were provided with mini tea pot and tea cups, plus a small thermos of hot water, so we could make our own tea and drink slowly while eating our food. A tea filter was also provided, which was a nice gesture.
Overall we like the quick service and think this place is nice for something casual before you stroll around for a night walk around the town, or head to your favorite bar.