Om Shan Tea is a mellowing space, with Asian décor, low-seated wicker stools, and a feeling that time has slowed down a bit.Since opening Om Shan Tea 3 years ago on a sleepy block of the Mission/SOMA 14th Street corridor as a continuation of his work as a community building activist, healer and non-profit volunteer, Oshan Cook has become something of a tea apostle. He gives tea classes in the teahouse, he’s owns/runs a “tea circus” (ask him about this one), and he sets up mobile tea ceremonies for all kinds of special events. According to him, tea is all about building community, and sharing a beautiful, studied ritual with someone across the table from you.
Om Shan Tea is a mellowing space, with Asian décor, low-seated wicker stools, and a feeling that time has slowed down a bit. Organic, gluten free, vegan food is available, along with a wide variety of teas served in the ancient Chinese manner. The vibe doesn’t feel stiff, or odd, just something you settle into like a comfortable pair of slippers. Of course, Om Shan Tea isn’t too mellow; Monday night is an open poetry night that draws in poets from the old Beat scene, Friday has raucous belly dancing, and Saturday has live music. Plus the teahouse is open until midnight, for all you night owls with a tea jones. Tea: it’s not just a beverage, it’s a lifestyle.
Pot of Genmaicha Green Tea, $6
Pot of Oolong Old Grove Water Immortal, $8
Monk’s Bowl of Quinoa and Steamed Vegetables, $8
Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - midnight