If you were a regular at the now-defunct uptown Formosa Tea House in Ellen’s Creek Plaza, you’ll remember Kenny and Winnie, its amiable hosts. Last summer they left the Formosa, bought the building formerly occupied by Theo’s Thai Food on Pownal Street, and began renovations.
Over the past 9 months they have completely transformed the building on the inside, opening up what used to be a cramped first floor into a very open area with huge windows onto the street. They’ve carefully crafted the space into a new restaurant, opened 5 days ago, which they’re calling Tai Chi Gardens.
Oliver and I dropped by, completely by chance, yesterday after our weekly visit to the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market and were pleasantly surprised to find them open. Oliver had his usual hot chocolate (prepared with ice cube, per his earlier arrangement established over many visits to the Formosa) and I had a lemon iced tea (excellent). We shared a stuffed bun billed with turnips and leeks which was also very good.
They’re making a tentative stab at opening on Sundays — from Noon until 3:00 p.m. — and so we’re going this afternoon for lunch by way of encouraging this idea (they would be the only tea house in town to be open Sundays).