Toss on your favorite tea-shirt — a Vietnamese tea shop is brewing something new in San Antonio. Lustea, whose name is a combination of the words lusty and tea, is officially bubbling into the Park North Shopping Center — the chain's first location in the U.S.
With their new take on milk and bubble tea spots, the Vietnam-based chain aims to provide an elevated tea experience. And what exactly does that mean? Unlike other shops, there are no additives, artificial flavors, or powders used at Lustea. All tea leaves used imported from Taiwan, and fresh fruit is utilized in all of their boba tea recipes. This, the company says, makes for a rich and flavorful tea from the first sip.
On the food side of things, Lustea offers traditional snacks, such as fried tofu and thin rice cakes with mix mango chile pepper. A dessert menu is also available, with options like creme brulee, flan, soy pudding, and probiotic rich homemade yogurt. Both drinks and snacks taken to-go or enjoyed inside of the tea shop’s lounge.
Lustea's goal, notes a release, "is to not only serve their customers the traditional Vietnamese tea, but also to educate customers on their unique process and passion."
The shop is currently in a soft opening phase — meaning customers can stop by for a sneak peek — but will host a grand opening at its 602 Northwest Loop 410 on Sunday, October 18. From 9:30 am to 9 pm, guests can partake in a buy one, get one free on any tea offer, which should allow for an easy way to try a portion of the menu. To liven up the par-tea even more, free face painting and various games will be available for all.
With the shop currently in a soft opening phase, drop by Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm and Sunday from 9:30 am to 9 pm for a first look at the new space.