Our cousin from Ohio was visiting Boston for Lamb Jam and had a few days for sightseeing. On a very cold and windy day we visited Castle Island. Castle Island is a short drive from Boston and offers a fort, walking paths, a take away restaurant, and plenty of parking. The area is very relaxing with places to enjoy a picnic, a run, a walk, watch planes landing at Logan Airport, and so much more. The island is also pet friendly and Fred has joined us on previous visits and loves people watching here.
The lines for lunch at Sullivan's (restaurant on the island) were pretty long and we were craving something different. We drove a few miles away to Brookline and decided to enjoy lunch at Gen Sou En Tea House.
Inside Gen Sou En Tea House we found a free table and snagged it. After looking over the menu we went up to the counter to order. We ordered a variety of drinks like iced Matcha latte, tradition Matcha, water, and a cappuccino. For meals we ordered the shrimp tempura Bento, vegetable tempura Bento, and two Karaage (fried chicken) Bentos. Each Bento box also came with Miso soup, rice, tofu, and vegetables.
My matcha tea was in a traditional bowl and wasn't overpowering. The Karaage Chicken was delicious! The Chicken was savory and crispy, the rice was a touch sticky, the Miso soup was perfectly simple, and the vegetables were unique. During our visit we ran into two issues. The first was the lack of staff. There weren't enough staff members to serve drinks and meals and it seemed as though things were getting confused. The second issue was the vegetable tempura. This might have been a personal preference but the vegetables weren't as tender as we would have liked.
After our meal we were pretty full so we didn't try any of the pastries offered but we all agreed we would love to come back and try them. I recommend lunch and dinner at Gen Sou En Tea House for a unique environment and satisfying meals!