Another place that has been on my "to try" list is Tea Salon Musica. We finally got around to trying it.
I had read several reviews of this place and was worried that smoking would be allowed in the salon, but to my surprise, they have banned it on Saturdays until 18:00 (whoo hoo!)
We ordered a sandwich set to share 1200 yen (about US$12), this came with the sandwich of your choice (Satoshi chose the BLT) and a pot of tea, which unfortunately was pre-set, "Pride of Sri Lanka", served hot.
The tea cozy was cute and was in the shape of an elephant.
Unlike the sandwiches at Kitahama Retro, this sandwich was "normal" sized. Satoshi liked the tea and sandwich. The tea was supposedly delicious with milk, but he had this straight.
The bacon wasn't crispy but was still delicious.
I ordered the scones to share 450 yen (about US$4.50) and an Earl Grey Iced Tea 480 yen (about US$4.80). I actually could have ordered the scones as a set (with tea for 800 yen about US$8), but would have had to drink the pre-set tea, "Pride of Sri Lanka". (The day was rather warm and on top of that, they don't allow you to order the tea with their sets to be iced.)
Kind of strict when it comes to the set menu (prix fixe) items.
I thought the Earl Grey was so-so, it was more smokey and not too citrusy. The scones were kind of on the dry side also. I think we should have gone with a cake (or two) instead.
If you want to eat pasta or other food items beside scones, sandwiches and cake, you should head to the back of the shop where they have a cafe called Cafe tous les Jours.
I'm not sure if smoking is banned during Saturdays here also, but I have heard that this cafe has jazz and piano performances in the evening.
Overall, we enjoyed the quiet atmosphere in the tea salon.
At the very front of the shop is where they sell their teas. Did you know that Tea Salon Musica was the very first in Japan to serve tea brewed in a tea pot? This was in 1952.
Now almost everywhere you go in Japan, tea is served in a tea pot.
One of their most famous items is their Dojima Breakfast tea. I didn't buy it on this day but will go back soon to get some.
I'm glad we got to try this place, and knowing that smoking is not allowed on Saturdays, I'm sure we'll be back.
Tea House Musica
1-4-4 Dojimahama (Aqua Dojima Bldg, Fontana Wing 3F)
Open: 11:00-22:00, Closed Sundays & Holidays
Cafe Tous les Jours (located at the back of Tea House Musica)
Open: 11:30-14:30, 17:30-22:30