The Boulder Dushanbe Tea House! What a treat! I read on the menu that all the artwork and the entire house was actually a gift from Tajikistan, their sister city. The whole thing was shipped piece by piece and put together by hand without using any machines - just like they do in Tajikistan. The cuisine is a mix of Persian and Russian. But also has some Asian influences. The tea choices! Marvelous!
Below are pictures of the interior and artwork. These photos do not do it justice. Notice all the delicate hand carving on ever wooden pole. The painting on the ceiling is something to marvel at - so many little designs - so many precious hours put into the house - such artwork.
This is the center of the tea house - statues of women caring pots of dried tea leaves.
And now....this is what I ended up ordering...Jasmine Pearl Tea and Chai. The Tea was like drinking perfume. So elegant and soft - smooth... They serve you a timer with your pot so that you can take the tea out at just the right moment to get the best flavor and not to "ruin" the tea. The Chai was so authentic that my cup had rind in it! Can you imaging? Perfect - a bit rich and a tad of spice.
Then our duck Vietnamese salad came. We split one! So big - this was a half portion! Tender duck cut - seared. The salad had the white crunchy things in it, with lime juice, and some mint on top. You can see the carrots and lettuces. But the mint really made the salad. It was just perfect and lushes. The natural fat juices in the duck really shined and made the balance between the salad and the duck a winning combo.
And just as we finished eating the rain stopped! As we were walked to the car and saw this! What a sit - the best rainbow ever! Perfect end to a perfect culinary day! In my hand is some rose water I bought for a buck from this wonderful Indian tent that was still open in the festival.