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A GUIDE TO

Tea & Food

 

Like wine, tea leaves contain tannins which provide the complex astringency that matches with food.

Balance the body of the tea with the dish. Intensity can range from light, medium to full bodied.

Tea can be consumed from 2 - 99 degrees and this can have a dramatic effect on food for it's melting, palate cleansing and flavour enhancing capabilities.

Tea will not leave you bloated and is a wonderful way to relieve rich food or finish a meal to aid in digestion.

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Oolong & Cheese

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  • SALADS & VEGETABLES
  • WHEAT & GRAINS
  • PROTEIN
  • CHOCOLATE
  • CHEESE

Salads & Vegetables

Body

Light

Light - Medium

Medium

Medium - Full Bodied

Full Bodied

Tea

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GREEN

OOLONG

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PUERH

Comments

 

Light Salads (you want to bring out the teas natural sweetness)

Partially cooked or raw vegetables with matcha/vegetal green tea. Potatoes and root vegetables with smoky green tea

Soups, lightly cooked vegetables

Baked root veggies, mashed potatoes (earthy black tea)

Wild mushroom & dark puerh

Pastries, breads & grains...

Body

Light

Light - Medium

Medium

Medium - Full Bodied

Full Bodied

Tea

WHITE

GREEN

OOLONG

BLACK

PUERH

Comments

 

Rice & Japanese green tea is perfection! Unsweetened pastries & sandwiches for fruity green teas

Crackers/chips, light salted snacks with light oolongs

Sweet pastries (tannins will keep palate fresh from residual flavours and enhance sweetness)

Pastries (sweet and unsweet)

Seafood, red meat & Chicken

Body

Light

Light - Medium

Medium

Medium - Full Bodied

Full Bodied

Tea

WHITE

GREEN

OOLONG

BLACK

PUERH

Comments

 

Seafood is a match made in heaven, Umami rich tea can add a broth like complexity. Panfried chicken with smoky green tea. Baked meats goes well with fruity green t

Oily fish (dark oolongs) lobster, scallops/light seafood (light oolongs) grilled meats (salmon, duck, trout (dark oolongs)

Curries, steak or roast Chicken with smoky black tea

Rich meats (either smoked, BBQ or roasted)

Chocolate

Body

Light

Light - Medium

Medium

Medium - Full Bodied

Full Bodied

Tea

WHITE

GREEN

OOLONG

BLACK

PUERH

Comments

 

Umami rich green tea.

Dark Chocolate with fruity or smoky black tea

80% dark chocolate

Cheese

Body

Light

Light - Medium

Medium

Medium - Full Bodied

Full Bodied

Tea

WHITE

GREEN

OOLONG

BLACK

PUERH

Comments

 

Salty cheese, goats cheese with fruity green tea. French brie and sencha tea.

Stilton, gouda with Taiwanese oolong

Aged cheddar, vacherin (chai), english brie (earl grey), comte & darjeeling

Want to have a great food and tea experience?

We recommend the follow restaurants

Cutler & Co

55 Gertrude St

Fitzroy VIC 3065

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Level 3, Crown Towers

Southbank VIC 3006

Matilda 159

159 Domain Rd

South Yarra VIC 3141

Vue de Monde

Rialto Towers, 525 Collins St

Melbourne VIC 3000

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