Restaurant Openings

Small Bite: Sip on Tea at Gen Sou En

A new Japanese teahouse in Brookline wants to warm you up this winter.


Photograph by Toan Trinh

From izakaya-style dining to ramen to, of course, sushi, Bostonians simply can’t get enough of Japan’s culinary culture. So what’s the next big import? It may well be the traditional teahouse experience coming to Brookline this month at Gen Sou En—loosely translated as “farm to cup.” Brought stateside by the century-old Harada Tea Company, based near Mount Fuji, the café will serve meticulously brewed green-tea blends highlighting the nuances of the antioxidant-rich beverage, as well as matcha and hōjicha lattes; those looking for a more-authentic experience can partake in traditional urasenke tea ceremonies. Locally made sake will also be available—because while teatime may end when the sun goes down, that doesn’t mean the Japanese-inspired sipping ever has to.

Gen Sou En opens Wednesday, Feb. 21. Here’s a look inside.

299 Harvard St., Brookline, gensouenteahouse.com.