Afternoon tea at Craftsman & Wolves is one of the more creative teas services I’ve come across in a long (much too long!) time. It’s also a fine example of how afternoon tea can modern and approachable. No lace and frou frou nonsense. Tea is $22/person, a bargain compared to San Francisco hotel teas which run in the $50-60 range.
The space is attractive though not for lounging. We were in and out in less than an hour.
Sharing three teas: earl grey, ding dong oolong (all the oolongs are from Naivetea), and a housemade tisane of lemongrass and strawberries. They change the tisanes every week, am curious to see what other blends they’ve done.
Start at the bottom tier with…
…savory ginger-scallion madelines and an ocean trout verrine with peas, preserved lemon, and pancetta…
…followed by buttery cheese gougères in stick form and a single-bite duck confit sandwich (with onions, red wine jam, and butter) on brioche.
And then onto the middle tier!
The Thai mango scone is laced with shredded coconut and crystallized ginger. It runs savory with the addition green curry. Follow with buckwheat crumpets (my favorite item from the tea service). Served with housemade clotted cream and creamy lime (not lemon) curd.
And finally, the top tier.
Strawberry pâtes de fruits and chocolate marshmallows dipped in chocolate and dusted in cocoa powder.
Pistachio, strawberry, and olive oil layer cake (amazing!) and one last cup of earl grey.