There is a very cute little teahouse in Mesa, AZ that offers a gluten free tea time. Ms. Thomas’s Teahouse decor is vintage and feminine. The music was perfectly fitting to the decor and experience. There are gloves and hats available for both little girls and big mommies too lending to the experience.
Upon arrival to our table we were greeted with a cute, ceramic plate with the following, “Welcome Chandice and guest!” I thought it was a nice touch for those reservations which they have their guests names. Our experience began with the choosing of our tea. I chose the herbal spiced plum while my friend Tami chose the herbal mixed berry fruit cocktail. The spiced plum seemed to be a more hearty, cozy, winter tea. It was very flavorful and delicious. The berry fruit cocktail tea was our favorite. It was dainty and floral, even without sweetener it seemed very sweet. It was the best herbal tea either Tami or myself have ever had! Our waitress, Margo, let us know that the teas can be served either hot or iced, which I thought was a great option.
Our first course began with a fruit bowl. Pieces of watermelon, blueberries and raspberries made it up. It was good but as I am not a big watermelon fan, I would have liked more berries. It was a nice, light starter to the meal.
The second course was the crustless four cheese, ham and spinach quiche. It was so moist and delicious, one of the best I’ve ever had. The bounce was perfect and just as it should be in a good quiche. It was light yet hearty enough with the slices of ham throughout. Green bell pepper added some spice while not taking away from the other more delicate flavors. The dish was served with sliced tomato and a spinach leaf, both of which I ate along with the quiche itself for a cool, fresh touch to an already tasty treat.
A platter of gluten free sandwiches was the next course to greet us. We chose to begin with the turkey with havarti and cranberry spread lettuce wrap. Though technically not a sandwich, it was very tasty. It was hearty and full of flavor. Creamy, nutty havarti cheese is my favorite and was a lovely addition to the turkey meat. The wrapping of lettuce instead of using bread was a wise idea because it kept it from being too heavy. Next was the open face cucumber. Cool, refreshing cucumber atop a sweet, tangy mandarin cream spread, all on thick, delicious gluten free white bread made this the perfect tea sandwich. The bread was so soft and sweet. The texture was so nice, almost like biting into cool butter, a very delicious choice for tea sandwich bread. The next sandwich we ate was the chicken salad with cranberries sandwich. This was the only sandwich with two slices of gluten free bread. Sweet cranberries gave a great taste to the delicious chicken salad mixture. It was a great balance of sweet and savory. We finished off with the caprese sandwich. It was fresh sliced mozzerella and tomato with an oil infused basil on top of white, gluten free bread. The bread was delicious and reminded us of a french bread of sorts.
Our last course was a sweet, tangy sorbet. It was just the right ending to a lovely afternoon tea lunch.
All items are considered European portions and don’t seem too big at first but are surprisingly filling as you continue on throughout the meal. Ms. Thomas’ Teahouse accomodates walk-ins as well as reservations. The gluten free bread used is baked fresh in house and done careful, trying to avoid cross contamination as much as possible. They offer great banquet rooms for bridal and baby showers, wedding receptions/dinners, and any other event you need them for. The teahouse is closed Monday and Sunday for now but is likely to open up for Sunday business very soon.
Ms. Thomas’ Teahouse
6620 East McKellips Road Suite 102
Mesa, Arizona 85215
(with a new location opening November 1, 2011)
5609 E. McKellips, Suite 101
**This company provided me with sample product for review purposes on this website. I was not paid or compensated in any other way for my reviews nor was I required to write a positive review. These are my opinions and my opinions alone.
*We do not take any responsibility for the gluten free dining experience of others. As always, eat at your own risk as this is not a dedicated gluten free facility.