Tucked away at 197 Greville Street, Prahran, the Mojo Tea Lounge could be easily missed and go unnoticed. Closer to the Chapel street end and just diagonally across from the Prahran Library, this seven month old tea lounge sits quietly like a siren, with delicious teas that will sing to you and lure you into its sanctuary. It's open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday (and sometimes it stays open a bit later on a Thursday) and from 11am to 6pm on the weekend.
Owner, operator and tea alchemist Fleur has had an interest in blending together alternative tea remedies at home for many years, and Mojo is her passion coming out on a professional level. The Mojo tea is her own brand of tea and she works with tea makers from Tasmania to create their own blends. Here's a bit of a heads-up. They're currently working on what herbs are best for a new and upcoming blend of tea for diabetics.
At Mojo, you'll find the classic black teas like English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, Russian Caravan, Lapsang Souchong (sounds delicious when you think it's smoked over wood, rich in resin and produces a strong smoky flavour), Assam and Darjeeling 2nd Flush.
There are also flavoured black teas like the French Earl Grey, Duchess of Earl, Festive Tea, Darius Dream Tea (one to fall in love with, with its pink rose petals, vanilla, raspberry and black tea blend), Australian Lemon Myrtle and Mojo Mango.
Certified organic teas are also available along with the South African Rooibos, one of my favourite teas. The Organic Rooibos is a fully fermented red infusion and an excellent alternative to black tea. It contains no caffeine, is low in tannins, but high in antioxidants and rich in minerals. I actually love mine with a spoonful of honey and some milk. You can also get the Fruity Roo Tea and Little Fruity Roo at Mojo in the Rooibos range.
Tea, tea, teas galore, there's Green, White, Oolong, Chai and Herbal Infusions. The Speciality Teas are pearls of green tea that consist of the bud and the first two leaves, hand-rolled into small, tiny, pea sized balls that can be re-infused for all day drinking. The Mojo Gems come with jasmine blossoms.
Other special blends include Mojo Pain Relief which has anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties that also promote circulation. There are a few blends that are not suitable during pregnancy; like the Detox Tea, the Dandelion Root, and the Mojo Gogo to name a few.
If you want to find out more about the properties and benefits of Mojo Lady-Suffragette; Mojo No Nausea; Rest and Relax; Rosehip; Bedtime Tea; Mojo No Stress; Lighten Up; Licorice Root and more, Fleur is right there to help you out.
There are cakes and cookies to buy, along with Padre brand locally roasted plunger coffee for those who can't do without their traditional caffeine. You can also get a couple of other beverages like bottled or sparkling water and organic coconut water. Fresh soup is available every morning, along with toasted cheese sandwiches, which is as good as it gets, without a commercial kitchen.
The decor at the cafe is a little bit bohemian, colourful, warm and relaxing. As the corridor meanders down the back, you discover little pockets of private seatings in smaller rooms, eclectic in style. Once out the back, there's a lush and green courtyard which would be a perfect hideout for the summer season.
Going along the lines of healing and rejuvenation, upstairs are rooms for a diverse group of energy healers who will come and go, providing for instance, healing or tea leaf reading. The website is currently a work in progress, so it's best you 'like' their Facebook page and stay in touch to be in the 'know' as to which healer is in-house and available at the time. Make sure you pop in and discover this hidden gem, just waiting to rejuvenate your mojo.