Craving Asian food? Or maybe a new regular coffee spot? Then I recommend trying out 101 by Teahaus, a recent addition to The Crescent shopping center on Airport Blvd. and Lamar. And yes, it is an expansion of Tea Haus. I had never been to this restaurant before, and I was pleasantly surprised by the food and the ambiance of the restaurant.It was very clean, bright, and modern with plenty of seating—and parking (an Austin blessing). It’s also stocked with a full bar, coffee, pastries, grab-and-go items, and of course, boba tea.
To start, I ordered the Boba Milk Tea, that drink with those small, edible pearls (chewy tapioca balls) at the bottom of it. I had never had it before, but I enjoyed it; sucking up one of those little pearls took some getting used to, but overall the drink had a nice flavor.
Now for the food: I ordered the Bulgogi Tots, a favorite of the Tapas. With tater tots and steak smothered in cheese and kimchi sauce, I can see why this app is so popular.
For an entrée, I ordered the Haus Chicken Curry Rice, another popular dish. For this one, they take their Basil Fried Chicken (an app; haus marinated chicken, Thai basil haus spice) and pair it with a Japanese curry and a side of rice.
You get a very generous amount of curry (comes on the side), and it is definitely plenty of food for one person. It could also be shareable among two people, but if you decide to share, I suggest ordering an appetizer as well. Especially if you’re really hungry. Both of these dishes were just as mouth-watering as they looked! You could tell that the food was fresh, and bonus: it didn’t leave you with a greasy feeling after eating.
Since I have an uncontrollable sweet tooth (seriously, it’s OOC), I obviously ordered a dessert after my meal, which comes from Miss Confectionist. The London Fog Panna Cotta is one of the fan favorites, so I ordered that, and because I’m also indecisive, I ordered the Earl Grey Rice Krispie as well. If you’ve never had panna cotta before, or don’t know what it is, it’s an Italian dessert made of sweetened cream with gelatin and is molded. It has a very smooth and creamy jello-like consistency. At 101, they put their own twist on the traditional Italian panna cotta by infusing it with earl grey tea. It might sound strange, but let me tell you, it works.
To be perfectly honest, I have never had earl grey tea before, so I can’t even tell you what that tastes like, let alone what it brings to the London Fog. But, I can say that it was very smooth and perfectly sweet, and definitely subsided my sugar craving. That is, until I tasted the Earl Grey Rice Krispie. Sprinkled with crushed earl grey tea leaves and coated in a milk tea glaze, this sweet treat will have you ordering a second one to-go. Kellogg’s ain’t got nothing on you, Miss Confectionist.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to eat!