If you've been on Instagram in the last few months, chances are that you've seen at least a handful of lolitas visit some sort of pink and white bedazzled palace that looks like the wet dream of a hime lolita. This is likely Rose and Blanc Tea Room located in the middle of Korea Town, Los Angeles. A friend and I were curious and decided to make the journey.
Overall, my view of the tea room was generally positive with some small disappointments.
First, the location:
Rose and Blanc resides deep within K-town in LA, a fairly good location if you are in the area already. However, it's about an hour and a half drive from where I live in suburbia making it a thorough excursion. It's nestled into a small shopping center with an underground parking structure WHICH IS FREE (an unheard of phenomenon in LA). However, it is fairly small so I can see it quickly filling up.
The team behind Rose and Blanc knew exactly what they were doing when they designed the interior of the cafe. Although it is fairly small, the walls are sparsely decorated besides the lovely moulding, reminiscent of Rococo. They are painted Millennial pink with touches of white. There are several chandeliers above with BLINDING light, perfect for all the Instagram photos. I'm not kidding, going from the bathroom with normal lighting into the cafe required me to briefly shield my eyes to adjust to the brightness. Everything is quite pretty and delicate, but still minimal.
The tea list is among the best I have seen. They have a large selection of different types of plain teas as well as more fanciful tea-drinks such as the tea-puccino, which has steamed milk, and carbonated teas. I ended up going with the Marie Antoinette which was well brewed, not overly steeped, and had plenty of tea within my pot, approximately 4 cups worth.
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For our foods, we chose the Rose set which was $30 for 3, working out to a happy 10 dollars a piece, plus tip. Very affordable for an afternoon tea. This came with 3 drinks, 3 scones (choice of pesto spread or jam), 3 madeleines (chocolate?), 3 macarons (choice of red velvet, salted caramel, orange blossom, or rose), and 6 waffles (choice of lavender or strawberry syrup). The pastries were fairly small but all quite good.
The macarons were everything a macaron should be, crispy outside and creamy inside. I split a rose macaron and an orange blossom macaron with a friend. Both were exceedingly sweet and fragrant.
The scones were very dry and crumbly. I chose the jam which was pretty nondescript but tried my friend's pesto spread and must say it is among the best pesto I've ever had.
The madeleines were surprisingly chocolate and had a texture like a fluffy chocolate cake. Not much further than that.
The waffles were balanced between sweet and savory. I enjoyed the lavender syrup but felt it could have been much stronger, lavender-wise.
Overall, I would say that the tea set was good but tipped too much towards the sweet side, leaving me overwhelmed with sweetness. I think it is always important to have at least a few savory items in an afternoon tea but besides the plain waffles, there was nothing. The next tier up in tea setting included small finger sandwiches but they were tiny and only cucumber/cream cheese and potato salad. For an extra 8 dollars, my friends and I did not feel it was worth that extra cost.
The workers were pleasant and flexible. We ran about fifteen minutes behind due to traffic and called ahead to see if we could move our reservation from 1:00 to 1:30. They said it was not a problem and appreciated that we had called ahead. At the shop, they brought us food and drink in a timely manner, although they forgot cream and sugar. They also did not mind when some members of our party essentially took over the entire shop to do a brief photoshoot when it was quieter and no other customers were there.
The Rose and Blanc tea room was a perfectly pleasant place to visit. It is definitely less formal than other tea rooms I have been in and felt moreso like a cafe.The food was affordable in price and tasty, just make sure to go only if you've got a sweet tooth. I don't think I'll be making the three hour roundtrip once again, but if you ever find yourself in the area, I would recommend a visit to this pretty oasis hidden among the rough city.
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