Leann’s Tea House is located in a nondescript building along Mother Ignacia St. Hearing the name you would have conjured up images of dark wooden tables with Chinese folks swirling tea and snacks instead of a Korean restaurant. The restaurant is a collaboration between two families (Korean and Chinese) joined together by marriage using the healthy and tasty recipes of the Korean family.
Every Korean meal starts with banchan/appetizers. Leann’s serves only 4 but all were good to whet our appetites. Kimchi, Kong Namul (beansprouts), Potato Salad and Lettuce Salad.
Tonkatsu Kimbap (P250). I think this is the only place I’ve seen that serves this dish. Korean seaweed rice rolls wrapped in breaded pork and deep fried. This is a meal in itself and my pick for must order in Leann’s.
Hamemul Jeon/Seafood Pancake (P250) and Bibimbap (P210) are both pretty straightforward execution so familiar Korean dishes.
Spicy Pork (P220) and Spicy Squid (P270). I was hesitant to try both because of the bright reddish color, most of the a warning of burning taste buds. I took a little piece of squid in my mouth with a spoonful of rice on standby. The squid had enough spice to titillate but not sear, perfectly cooked to achieve the crunch of good seafood. The pork was less spicy than the squid and had a nice complementing sweetness. Both dishes will have you reaching for the rice that they go perfectly with.
LA Galbi Ribs (P470). Char-grilled premium beef ribs in a sweet savory marinade. Another familiar Korean dish but well made and tasty.
Here’s where the tea house comes in with their own frozen tea concoctions. Omija Tea (P150), Green Tea (P120) and Black Tea (P120) are a fresh and healthy take on your usual ice tea. My faves are the fruity omija and stronger black tea, both refreshing and perfect for the hot weather.
Looking for a simple, one plate meal with rice, the Kimchi Rice (P180) and the Omurice (P180)are both good choices. The kimchi rice has a bright, sunny side egg on top that adds a bit of silkiness to the rice. The omurice, a Japanese inspired dish has spam cubes mixed into the rice.
Leann’s Tea House does not do anything drastically different with Korean food except for the tonkatsu kimbap but everything is well executed with a more home cooked feel. My only nitpick is the not so strong air conditioning that is a problem during lunch hours but should be sufficient during cooler nights.
Leann’s Tea House105-R Mother Ignacia St.
Contact No.: (632) 411-8902