101 by TeaHaus features Asian, specifically Taiwanese, Korean, and Japanese, cuisine in Austin, Texas.
Disclosure: While I’ve eaten at 101 by TeaHaus several times, the restaurant did provide complimentary dishes during one visit. All opinions are my own.
Have you ever had a bite of a dish that brought you back to a memory and propelled you to a new place? Growing up around Asian food, predominantly Chinese, the food at 101 by TeaHaus brought me back to familiar flavors, like comfort food, but true to its name, the restaurant gives a tasty primer on Taiwanese, Korean, and Japanese cuisine to spark your taste buds.
101 by TeaHaus
In 2014, partners Allan Hsu, Mathew Wang, Charlie Oh and Kevin Kim opened their original establishment, TeaHaus, which focused on drinks and a few dishes. Guests continuously asked for more food items, which was difficult to provide without a kitchen! It seemed destined that the partners would open 101 by TeaHaus in 2017 to expand their food offerings and create a new place to bring people together.
The minimal and thoughtful décor in this bright restaurant draws you in. “We wanted our guests to feel comfortable when they are spending time with us – an extension of their home,” says Partner Matthew Wang. Counter-service furthers the laid-back vibes of the restaurant and provides a casual atmosphere to meet up with friends or take a first date.
Let’s start with drinks. 101 by TeaHaus serves their fan favorite boba milk teas. [Quick note: boba are the black, chewy tapioca balls at the bottom of the drink. This drink is also known as bubble tea.] The jasmine milk tea, made with jasmine green tea, is my favorite. You can’t go wrong with Thai tea either, and since they ask your desired sweetness amount, Thai tea and any tea is customized to your preference.
The focal point of the restaurant is the bar, and they’re set up with bar seating and a drink menu. One of my favorites is the playful Melona Soju, which combines a Melona honeydew popsicle with soju. It’s refreshing and light.
If I had to pick a favorite dish at this moment, it would have to be the chicken curry rice. Pairing their signature basil fried chicken with the curry brings exciting flavors together. The messiness of the dish reminds me of the best comfort foods. The curry is like gravy you’d pour over mashed potatoes. This dish had to be pried from my hands, and every last bite of chicken sopped up the curry.
Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup is a labor of love. I knew it was something special during my first visit. The bok choy might be hard to eat gracefully but I have no shame slurping up those noodles quickly. I’m a sucker for noodles.
The Korean spicy cold noodles is a fresh dish. For anyone wanting a less hearty dish, this bowl of noodles will satisfy.
I’m a baby when it comes to chicken wings. So, even though I ate the Korean Chicken Wings very carefully (maaaaybe with a knife and fork), it still satisfied the craving.
Wait, maybe the Spicy Wontons are my favorite dish?! I’m Chinese and my love for wontons has no end, so it’s easy to see why this dish is my favorite. These wontons are bite-size, light, and topped with chili oil. Pop it in your mouth and let the magic happen.
Kimchi fried rice is a homey dish, but I’m glad 101 by TeaHaus is bringing it to the public. This dish is like a Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich – something quickly whipped up because it’s what you had on hand. For someone who doesn’t have kimchi in my fridge on the regular, this dish is simple and delightful.
I would choose tater tots over French fries any day, and these kimchi tots were my favorite dish. (I haven’t already said that, have I?) The plain tots balance out the spicy kimchi very well and you’ll be fighting over this dish too.
The desserts are made by Miss Confectionist and are a variety of rice krispy treats, panna cotta, muffins, and cookies. Honestly, I barely make it to dessert after all the savory choices but the earl grey panna cotta I tried was good!
It’s hard to play it cool when you’re excited about the food, but I hope I did an ok job in this post. From my visits, I think 101 by TeaHaus is the real deal, and I hope you give them a try! For those beginning to venture into Asian cuisine, 101 by Tea Haus provides a comfortable place to try new dishes, and for everyone else, get ready to go to town.
101 by TeaHaus will change the menu as they see fit, and as for more restaurants, Haus Restaurant Group is working on more locations and a new concept, so stay tuned!
P.S. Looking for more recommendations? Check out some of my favorites here!