Rose Tea Café

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

3.6 / 1 vote

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Taiwanese Food and Bubble Tea / Smoothies

Restaurant, Coffee/Tea/Juice

Rose Tea Café offers authentic Taiwanese food, with a short but unique list of vegan options, such as Bean Curd with Curry sauce and Stir Fried Smelly Bean Curd with Basil.

The Bean Curd Vegetable Soup normally has egg, but can be made without.

Rose Tea has a large selection of exotic drinks - most of which are vegan or can be requested without honey - as well as Bubble Tea and Bubble Smoothies. The smoothies are all vegan, except the ones that specifically say "Milk" in the title. Flavors of bubble tea and smoothies include Strawberry, Apple, Lychee, Plum, Kiwi, Peach, Mango, Lemon, and Passion Fruit.

Added by timmy_tofu on Oct 4 06 (last updated Oct 4 06)

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2 of my Chinese teachers, one of whom is from Taizhong, told me that Rose Tea has the most authentic food they've found in Pgh.

Indeed, the dishes aren't like what I've found elsewhere, although the vegan choices are slim. Even dishes that sound like standard Chinese take-out fare (e.g. Bean Curd Home Style) have subtle nuances that add an air of authenticity. I like the uniqueness, but 5 or 6 dishes just isn't enough to keep me coming back again and again, especially when Hunan Kitchen is just a few doors down.

Maybe if enough people pester them to expand their vegan options we'll see a better selection. I'd love to see what Rose Tea could come up with as far as fake meat dishes.

On a separate note, Rose Tea has, I believe, the best selection in town as far as bubble smoothies and other exotic drinks go. Very sweet.

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Neighborhood

Squirrel Hill

Directions

On Forbes Avenue, between Murray and Shady, in the central commercial part of Squirrel Hill.

The 61A, 61B, 64A, and 501 busses pass right by and can let you off at the corner of Forbes and Shady. The 61C, 61D, 61F, and 59U all stop at Forbes and Murray, just a 2 minute walk away.

Non-Smoking

No Reservations

Prices

$$ - average

Cuisines

  • Taiwanese

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Hours

11am - 10pm
11am - 11pm
11am - 10pm

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