The tea ceremony is one of the world's most elegant and meaningful rituals, celebrating the simple drink in an eminently social setting. Teaism takes inspiration from that ceremony and extends it into a deeply satisfying dining experience that has tea aficionados pleased. The Dupont Circle incarnation of Teaism is a great place to visit for breakfast or lunch. The teas, of course, are the major selling point here, and they offer a huge selection of brews from all over the world. Regulars rave that the authentic chai is spectacular, as are the green and black teas. The restaurant also serves a variety of food, from breakfast classics like omelets to more innovative dishes like cilantro-spiced scrambled eggs served with tea-cured salmon. Their baked goods are also very nice, with many diners raving loudly about the salty oat cookies.