Hiya, are you a sushi fan too? What about refreshing tea (heated or chilled)? I enjoy both, and can drink tea a bazillion times a day. It’s so refreshing!
Sharing pics (and a video!) from the ideal place to find both at one spot in Barbados: a beautiful bistro called “Novelteas” located on the south coast. It’s a family-owned tea house with 100 different healthy special teas, and also a popular spot for aficionados of sushi, salads and wraps.
A pic of a spicy salmon and avocado roll, drizzled with soy sauce and wasabi (yum!) In recent years, sushi has become quite a celebrity in Bim, and “Novelteas” TeaHouse & Bistro has established a name as a must-go-to sushi pick-up spot and healthy tea cosy-corner. The decor is beautiful – vibrant yet soft, with colorful crockery, and a vast display of neatly arranged loose teas set in jars.
Yum! The pleasantly plump salmon blends perfectly with ripe avocado, and both are wrapped in sushi-grade rice and hugged snuggly with seaweed. Did I ever mention I love eating with chopsticks? Well I do, though I pretty much made up my own way of holding them. Ah well, they do the job quite fine.
Tea tips: tea contains antioxidants, can assist with weight loss, assist in digestion, strengthen the immune system, and can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
The manager, Raj (in the video coming up) is a tea connoisseur and can help you find the best tea to suit you palette and to address particular health issues. His lovely wife (my cherished friend since school-days) also bakes absolutely delicious treats that are sometimes featured in the display case of goodies too.
I love the decor of this space, and the soft pastel colours of the teapots, cups, and saucers add a pleasant homey vibe.
Ever tasted mocha cake? Well prepare for a delicious slice of baked goodness made and topped with chocolate.
The seating is minimalistic, which is refreshing so it’s never crowded though often visited. Lunchtime at Novelteas sees many smiling faces Mondays to Saturdays, and the setting is so welcoming that friendly conversations often happen naturally among management, staff, and customers alike. The ambience is always inviting, service – first class – and the tea and food – something special to savour and share.
You can even give a gift certificate to a loved one as a thoughtful treat or buy a cute mug to sip your favorite hot drink in the morning.
Novelteas is a great spot to meet a friend, client or colleague. I’ve held many 1:1 mini-meetings at both their previous and present location, and the ambience is consistently light and ideal for cool, calm and constructive conversations. I say mini-meetings because it’s good to be considerate and keep it movin’ to make room for upcoming guests so they can also enjoy the space, tea, and food, and pull up a chair comfortably.
Guess what: here’s a video of a green tea matcha being prepared…
I saw and filmed green tea matcha being made the authentic way, when a customer popped in to request some. I’d never heard of it before so it was cool to see the prep-steps behind the scenes, to share with you here.
A beautiful space to discover the many healthy benefits of various teas, and enjoy sushi while sharing smiles with friendly faces. “Novelteas” is a top spot where service is concerned, and customers always feel welcomed.
It’s a place where management calls “regulars” by name and gives newcomers a warm welcome, without an ounce of pressure – simply because the setting, products, food and service speak for themselves and represent the business well.
So, the next time you’re on the south coast of “Bim,” make a note to pass by “Novelteas TeaHouse & Bistro” at Coconut Walk, and treat yourself.
Check them out on Instagram @novelteasbarbados