You go to Casa Tassel to have tea, a ritual that appears simple but is an immense gift. Owner Carla is enchanted by everyone who enters her establishment, not only because they are consuming specialized brews that are uncommon in Mexico City, but also out of a genuine interest in meeting new people and sharing their lifestyles. This makes the tea experience human and complete.
At first, Carla and her husband David saw this project as a way to solve economic needs, but it was clearly driven by their distinct passion. Throughout Europe and South America, the couple discovered flavors and mixtures of teas that forged their palates. Their elaborate menu is based on these personal tastes. The mate, for example, does not come from Argentina but from Paraná, Brazil.
The space is small and few details from the outside reveal the universe that unfolds within. The decor is a reflection of its creators and generates as much curiosity as the teas and infusions, 54 in total, all stored meticulously in metal boxes.
The menu is focused on the marriage between tea and food. For breakfast, the baguette with bacon, organic egg, and cheese ties beautifully with the lapsang souchong, a Chinese black tea grown over 3,500 meters, whose leaves are smoked in pine firewood. The milk oolong from Taiwan grows in the mountains and its slow oxidation process preserves its moisture and give it its natural milk notes, it is recommended to enjoy with an alfajor. Sencha is a Japanese green tea with an accentuated vegetable taste due to the uncrushed leaves. Carla suggests trying it with a brownie sprayed in matcha, a sweet green ground tea that comes from Japan. White chocolate crepes with lavender blossom and blueberry are perfectly matched with a Chinese solomon, a soft white tea with great healing properties. The cornbread cake with rompope is served with a Chinese black tea highly fermented in theine, called pu-erh.
Carla and David are concerned with preserving the current quality and authenticity of their establishment and are not thinking about expanding any time soon. All they long for is a quiet life and loyal customers. And more trips to China in the future.
Phone: 01 55 5264 3313
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Text and Photos: Guénola Bally