Update: Tea House Formosa has discontinued its afternoon tea service.
Where: BuHi, Atlanta, GA Style: Modern Tea Selection: 24 loose-leaf teas Teatimes: Saturday-Sunday 2-5 Reservations: Walk-ins only Contact: 470-349-8105 Cost:$23.95 Afternoon Tea Set Destination Tea Tips: Though weekends see a steady business and Tea House Formosa does not take afternoon tea reservations, we had no trouble finding seats for the seven of us. Also, Tea House Formosa suggests sharing one afternoon tea set, which you will order at the counter. We split two afternoon tea sets amongst three friends and had leftovers to take home.
Destination Tea Notes: Tea House Formosa takes its name from Taiwan’s older moniker: “Ilha Formosa” (beautiful island), bestowed by 16th-century Portuguese explorers. We found it deserving of the name, both because it is a beautiful space with its modern interior of smooth lines and warm wood tones, and because we were treated to renowned Taiwanese teas and fare. The one difficulty is choosing your tea because there are too many interesting options, from pots of hot tea to salted butter cream-topped tea, from monthly flavored teas to tea floats (yes, with ice cream) and teas con panna (yes, with whipped cream topper). In the end, we went the traditional route with hot pots of tea, but couldn’t resist going back to the counter to order a couple specialty teas to pass around for sampling.