Located a block away from the Dupont Circle metro entrance is Teaism
, a fantastic tea shop and asian lunch restaurant. We arrived at the height of the lunch rush to find the place packed with diners and tea-sippers, the line running almost out the door. While waiting through the rush, our hunger grew with each passing dish. Fruit-covered french toast, salmon teryaki, miso soups, and fine desserts streamed past us to the crowded tables. Eventually we settled on bento boxes and drinks (I got the assam black tea, Heidi got the iced chai tea), carrying them upstairs to a small second-floor dining room. Along with everyone else, I enjoyed my dish (the beef bento box) and especially the tea.