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Sabo San Teahouse

茶房 三 | Sabo San

Zen-chic nightlife at a modern, upscale teahouse

Photo by Sabo San

Photo by Monder Rehamnia

Photo by Sabo San

Photo by Monder Rehamnia

  • Monder Rehamnia

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    Last Update
    March 10, 2020

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  • Tea is a crucial component of Japanese culture and one of the most popular drinks in the country. If you’re looking for a comfortable, modern tea ceremony experience worthy of a night out, Sabo San is the place to go. The moody lighting and Zen-chic minimalism of Sabo San make for a soothing atmosphere. From your seat around the ring-like counter, you can watch the magic happen before your very eyes: in the center of the ring, the tea master gracefully executes every step of the tea preparation with precision and palpable zanshin.

    About twelve different teas are available at any given time, ranging from traditional green teas, to Japanese-style black tea, to fragrant herbal blends. If you don’t know which to choose, let the master recommend something. The tea is accompanied by a wagashi (traditional Japanese confectionery) of your choice. Once you’ve chosen the wagashi you’d like, the master will immediately begin preparing your tea. A single order of tea at Sabo San consists of three servings. The tea leaves used here are of such high quality that they can be steeped three times, the flavors subtly changing with each cup.

    Sabo San is an especially good nightlife spot for Muslims, as the tea course does not include any alcohol or meat ingredients. If you want to avoid even mirin (a sweet Japanese rice wine used in cooking), avoid the imoyokan wagashi. You can enjoy their other wagashi, like chakinshibori, castella, konohana, or natsume bata (Chinese dates with butter) worry free, as they are not prepared with any haram ingredients. Though Sabo San does serve alcohol, very few guests order any— the tea is definitely the main attraction here.

    Coming from North Africa, I certainly enjoyed natsume bata the most! Sabo San has just ten seats, so reservations are recommended.

    WEBSITEhttp://santarou.jp/san/

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    Art & Culture Cafe Food & Drink Gastrotourism Halal Nightlife Sendai Vegetarian/Vegan

Details

ADDRESS

1-20, Tachimachi, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi 980-0822

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

8-minute walk from Kotodai-Koen Station or Hirose-dori Station (Sendai Subway Namboku Line), or 8-minute walk from Omachi Nishi-Koen Station (Sendai Subway Tozai Line)

CREDIT CARDS

Accepted

LANGUAGES

Limited English

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

No

HOURS

12:00–23:00

RESERVATION

Recommended

CLOSED DAYS

Mondays

PHONE

022-224-1672

Food & Drink Details

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN

Yes

HALAL

Yes

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE MENU

No

NON-SMOKING

Yes

TABLE CHARGE

¥700 per person after 18:00

DINNER LAST ORDER

22:30

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