My Ginger Adventure in a Japanese Tea House

Unami - Maison de thé traditionnelle in Brussels

Unami – Maison de thé traditionnelle in Brussels

Let’s admit it, no one really likes Wednesdays. You’re half done with your work, yet two more days to go until the weekend. But I spent my last Wednesday in Japan for a change.

“How come?” you will ask. Well, I was lucky to find Unami, a Japanese tea house, in Bailli/Baljuw street in Brussels. A short mind traveling took me to another important culture and country in tea industry. From a variety of Japanese teas I chose kukicha with ginger (Wednesday’s afternoons can be heavy and ginger will give you a boost). To my surprise, I was served this green tea with a matcha cookie and a sugar-coated slice of ginger. So… if ginger, let it all be ginger!

Kukicha with ginger and a sugar-coated slice of ginger

Kukicha with ginger and a sugar-coated slice of ginger

Japanese tea ceramics in Unami

Japanese tea ceramics in Unami

Glass tea ware in Unami

Glass tea ware in Unami

Counter at Unami in Brussels

Counter at Unami in Brussels

After walking around and taking some pictures, I also spotted a box of ginger that turned out to be the same I ate. I couldn’t resist buying it, of course. That was my truly ginger Wednesday 🙂

Ginger confectionary bought in Unami

Ginger confectionary bought in Unami

Ginger in sugar tastes good with tea

Ginger in sugar tastes good with tea

4 responses to “My Ginger Adventure in a Japanese Tea House

  1. I’ve walked by this tea shop several times, including today, but have yet to step into it. Someday soon! Interesting combination of candied sugar with tea – would have expected the former to be so strong that it would mask the taste of the tea.

    • Hey Angelina! Try the place, it’s really nice. Just keep in mind that on Saturdays it might be difficult to get a table, it’s quite small 🙂 Good luck!

      • I often pass by there on the way to my favourite secondhand bookstore (Ninjinski, which is at Chatelain). I can already imagine going by Unami for tea with a new book in hand 😉

      • Oh, a secondhand bookshop. You’re very right, books and tea is the perfect combination! Noted down, will check 🙂 Thank you, Angelina!

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