Saturday, November 13, 2010

RESTAURANT REVIEW - The Steeping Room, Austin, TX

The Steeping Room
The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin, TX 78758
(512) 977-8337
Mon - Thurs: 8am - 9 pm
Fri & Sat: 8 am - 10 pm
Sun: 10 am - 7 pm

The Steeping Room is one of the shops in the rather massive Domain shopping center. It has very high ceilings and lots of booth seating. They have a 7-page menu of various loose leaf teas which is very impressive, as well as a 4 page menu of various tea and coffee drinks and food. I ordered my favorite drink off the menu, a chocolate chipotle chai, and the Mediterranean platter with no feta. The tofu spring rolls are also quite yummy, and they have a couple of vegetable sandwiches that can be made vegan with the omission of cheese. In fact, anything on the menu that's marked with a "V" means that the dish can be prepared vegan. While I feel that the "Classic Sandwiches" are a bit overpriced for what you get, the Ginger Tofu sandwich ($8.75) is pretty tasty. Several of the times I've been there, the very friendly waitresses have told me about a vegan cookie that was available. (I think their desert options depend on what they feel like making that morning, to some extent.) For their drinks, they've got soy milk and agave nectar.

In 2008, one of their vegan employees posted on the Vegans Rock Austin group - "We do indeed have a growing number of vegan options, including cookies, cupcakes, one scone (currant), all of our salads (and dressings) , a new bowl consisting of a rotating grain, bean, and green with tofu, and three of our sandwiches. Some items require substitution but they are labeled as such on the menus. We always have at least one vegan soup and often times two. We were recognized in the Austin Chronicle this year for best "indoor" cupcakes, including our vegan double chocolate ones, and we received a mention under best tofu dish (probably our ginger tofu sandwich, but possibly the napa rolls). We are also independent, locally owned, and all natural!"

Overall, this place has an amazing selection of drinks and some tasty food, but prices are a bit steep. If you go during "Happy Hour" (5-7 pm M-F), lots of tea drinks and the Mediterranean plate, napa rolls, and edamame are all half price.

Soup & a vegan scone (so yummy!) -
The Steeping Room, Austin, TX - Soup & Scone

Chocolate chipotle chai -
The Steeping Room, Austin, TX - Chocolate Chipotle Chai

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