Teaquation & Tonic (Palo Alto, CA) – I remember being sad that I didn’t get a chance to try Teaquation in Redwood City, so I was really excited when I got the opportunity to check out Teaquation and Tonic in Palo Alto!
It’s a small but cute space in Palo Alto – right across Palantir of all places. It is a little hard to find parking though because there are so many restaurants and shops nearby, so I would be patient. It’s decorated in different woods and greenery which livens up the place. I really liked the holiday display they had in the window.
Teaquation is changing up the tea game – there’s no boba here! They have fun, unique tea flavors, which can be made into cocktails with different alcohols they recommend. There’s also a bunch of secret and seasonal menus, so the possibilities are endless! You can order drinks individually in their glass mugs, or order a fun tea flight – the flights are so colorful.
From left to right in the top picture: Dub C Tea (mango and coconut), Orange n’ Black (Thai tea and coconut whip), The Joker (Blue tea, pineapple, lemon, basil, green tea), Black Thai (Thai tea, black sesame, dark chocolate, milk) Woman of Steel, Pink Cadillac (Hibiscus, grapefruit, pineapple, green tea), and Gold Digger (coconut whip, pineapple, calamansi, green tea).
I requested if I could try one of their seasonal drinks, the Sleigh Me, and I’m so thankful that Teaquation made it for me! It’s strawberry, matcha, and peppermint with a scoop of matcha ice cream on top! These are totally not my typical flavors, but it tasted so good and festive! Definitely go and order it (or any of their drinks, really) when you stop by!
They’re also introducing a brand new brunch menu, that comes in this tiered tray – just like desserts! You get to pick from several small plates and enjoy them with your meal. I appreciate that Teaquation has a variety of food options so there’s something for everyone, whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free!
The top tier was our dessert tier, which is an option for the small plates tray. On the left is the Salted Caramel Cheesecake and on the left is the Ubé-by Toast, with house-made use jam, strawberries, coconut whip, and wheat bread. Both of the desserts are gluten-free, though I’m a little doubtful about the bread? If you are gluten sensitive, I would confirm with the cafe about each item. The cheesecake was good but I would pick the ubé toast over the cheesecake. I just wish that it was a different bread (maybe a brioche?) for the little toasts – it takes away from the sweetness.
Since the attendees of the media event were sharing the tiered trays (which was smart because this easily feeds 2-3 people), we each picked a few options that we wanted to try, hence the bacon on my plate haha. On the left is their Honey Brussel Sprouts, with garlic, lime, bacon, which is honey roasted and gluten free. On the right are Guacamole and Chips, which is self explanatory. I heard good things about the brussel sprouts and the guacamole was really good! We finished this plate pretty quickly.
And finally, the bottom tier. At the top of the plate are the Impossible Tacos with Impossible Foods meat, avocado, tomatoes, green onions, and gluten-free tortillas. I’ve had Impossible meat before and really liked it! This tasted refreshing with the other toppings so it didn’t taste too salty like I’ve experienced it in the past. At the bottom is the Mini Bruschetta Trio (tomato with guacamole; smoked salmon with maple aioli; anchovy with guacamole). I didn’t try the fish ones because I wasn’t sure if they were fully cooked (the salmon obviously was not), but everyone liked each of the options.
I can’t wait to come back with my friends to try more of Teaquation’s drinks and small plates! Not only is everything picture perfect, but everything tastes fantastic too!