The weekend buffet brunch at the Tea House, 2425 University Ave., Minneapolis is still pretty new, but word seems to have gotten out in the local Chinese community – we arrived around 1 p.m. last Saturday, and every table in the place was taken. But what we got was well worth the $13.50 price and the 10 minute wait. Tea House’s weekend brunch is very different from the standard Chinese buffets (which are mostly pretty awful) or the dim sum brunches at places like Yangtze, Mandarin Kitchen and Pagoda in Dinkytown (which are pretty good).
Tea House’s buffet consists of soups, snacks and entrees that you won’t find at very many other Chinese restaurants in the Twin Cities, ranging from a rice congee with chicken, to jelly noodles, egg pancakes, steamed and fried dumplings, mapo tofu and more. The separate soup bar offers sweet and savory soups, including a rice congee with chicken, plus a variety of do-it-yourself toppings.
The weekend brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The full regular menu is also available.
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