Platform T opened over the summer in Glendale with a wide selection of loose-leaf teas, a full bar with coffee drinks, beer, wine and cocktails, and a small menu of breakfast and lunch items. Over the weekend, a second Platform T began brewing at the corner of First Avenue and Lincoln Street, in the building that most recent housed the Science Store.
Platform T is project of Jeremy Law and David Wilkins, who fell in love with tea while working and traveling in China. Platform T's menu divides its teas into six categories: fruity, tropical, pure, classical, herbal, and chocolate and spice. From there you can choose a traditional tea pot, or the barista can use a high-tech BKon vacuum brewer to make your tea (stick around for that one — it's fun to watch). On top of that, non-alcoholic tea "cocktails," like vanilla Moroccan mint, Earl Grey chai and other blends, are available, or choose from Japanese matcha, Argentinian yerba matte, tea lattes and flavor boosts like ginseng, chamomile and lavender, which can be added to any tea order.
And if tea's just not your thing, there's also an espresso bar with beans supplied by Corvus Coffee, as well as a small selection of wine, beer, sake and house cocktails — several of which are made with tea infusions.
Law's brother, Dr, Dennis Law, owns Uncle Joe's Hong Kong Bistro downtown, and the two businesses share culinary director Thach Tran, who has designed a menu of salads, tapas, wraps, small bites and salumi plates to complement the beverage program. Fresh-baked scones, pastries and other sweets are also on Tran's teahouse roster.
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For those who prefer to steep in the comfort of their own homes, Platform T features a retail section with teas in tins or by the ounce, along with a variety of tea-making equipment. Platform T is open daily from 7 a.m. Closing hours have not yet been established. See our full slideshow for more photos.