As many of you know I’m always looking for new restaurants, cafes or bars. Lately I’ve been on a quest to find the cutest place to drink coffee in Breda, I’ve been to Amsterdam and now it’s time for a review of the Tea Lab in Rotterdam where I had coffees & lunch with my best friends.
The Tea Lab is located close to the World Trace Centre in Rotterdam. It’s close to the shopping areas, which is really convenient. From the upstairs windows you have a nice view of the upper part of the Church (Laurenskerk).
If you’re travelling by train you can get out at Rotterdam Blaak and walk from there.
You can take a look at their website here: https://thetealab.nl/. By the way, I’m not in any way compensated for this post… I just think their website/concept/cafe is really nice!
The Tea Lab
The concept is simple: you order at the bar, sit down, and wait for your order to arrive. They have a wide selection of teas (guess you didn’t see that one coming ;)), coffees, smoothies, sandwiches, yoghurts, salads and soups…. And of course: PIE! You can see their selection of pies next to the cash register, and the day we were there I saw carrot cake, red velvet, brownies… And some of those snack bite/balls? How do you call those haha. With dates and stuff. I like!
So, we decided to go for lunch. I’m a big fan of eating in restaurants but usually I think lunch can be a bit boring, you know? Very often lunch at restaurants is a bit the same (sandwich with mozzarella, tomato and pesto, ceasar salads, tomato soup…) which is why I was pleasantly surprised by the menu of the Tea Lab. They served sandwiches with e.g. grilled veggies and hummus, and the one I ate was with goats cheese and a mango chutney… Yumm!
We were there when it was a rainy day, and it was rather busy. There was 1 cook in the (open) kitchen and 2 waiters, so we had to wait a bit longer for our coffee and food. But because you can literally look down from the first floor into their working area, you won’t mind the wait! The coffees are prepared with care, and the staff wasn’t slacking at all. So we waited a bit longer but understood completely.
We stayed for quite some time, so I was able to taste multiple things… I started with a delicious cappuccino which was actually really good! I’ve had multiple barista trainings so I think my verdict is fair on that one 🙂 And we had three cappuccinos (and one cold beverage) and they were all perfect too, which is sometimes a bit different when they have to make multiple coffees. Plus!
My sandwich with goats cheese and mango chutney was really good, too. But I love aaaanything with goats cheese!
And lastly I ordered a (soy) chai latte, which was very nice: not too sweet and with the right amount of chai herbs if you ask me! and we shared a piece of carrot cake. As some of you may know I’m crazy about carrot cakes (check out my recipe for carrot cake here, or my recipe for pumpkin carrot cake by clicking here) so I’m very critical! The cake itself was reaaallly nice, smooth yet with a good bite to it. The frosting was a bit too sweet for my liking, but my friends seemed to be just fine with it 😉
Ohh my, doesn’t verdict sound strict and lawyer-y? Nahh, as you may have guessed I would definitely recommend this place. I haven’t tried the teas (oops) but the coffees and lunch were very good, staff was friendly and the overall look of the place is nice and relaxed. It’s a yes from me!
So, do you have any places I should visit next? The boyfriend and I are going to Lisbon next week, feel free to share!