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Tea Trails

TEA TRAILS

By Prakriti Bhat

While Delhi is full of restaurants, pubs and cafes, there are places that tend to stand out in a crowd. With its pleasant ambience and concept, Tea Trails Bistro creates an aura of tranquility in the midst of the ever bustling Connaught Place. Done up in hues of white, aqua blue and green with wooden upholstery, it is one of those rare places in CP which bespeaks comfort and has a languid demeanour. Tea Trails is a well known name in Mumbai from where the saga began in 2013. Since then the franchise has successfully opened up many branches in Hyderabad Chennai and Mumbai itself.

IMG_4823The menu comprises of over 80 varieties of teas ranging from Green Tea, Black Tea and Herbal Tea to Tea Mocktails. The USP of this place is the use of tea leaves in their food as well. Fermented tea leaves are used as a garnishing ingredient in some of their dishes like bruschettas and salads. Another unique quality of this place is that they use whole tea leaves in preparing all their teas rather than using condensed forms like powder or tea bags. This brings out the flavor properly and the quality of the end product is not compromised.

Gazpacho, a Spanish cold soup is served as a welcome drink here. Fresh cubes of tomato, black pepper and finely chopped coriander blend in to give you a taste of Spain. This was served in shot glasses. All their teas are served in an extremely organized manner with a kettle, tea cup and plate, small spoon and a Palmiers cookie (which was amazing). Each tray also has a sandglass as the servers explained that a good Green tea like Kehwa requires a steeping time of about 2 minutes while Black Teas require 4 minutes. In contrast to Green tea which is bland but healthy, Black tea is not very healthy but has a strong flavor. The Kehwa was good but I did not relish the Black Tea which had a distinct smoky flavor.

IMG_4830Amongst the Chais, I tried the 5 spices chai which was definitely my favourite among all the hot variants. Made with spices like Cardamom, Cloves and Ginger, it was served in a glass cup with a Palmier cookie. Every spice made its presence felt. It would be the ideal choice for a relaxed winter evening. Amongst the cold teas, you must definitely try their Litchi Bubble tea which is like a pop of flavour in your mouth. While Sangrias are usually made with wine, Tea Trails has introduced a Tea Sangria made with herbal tea and Cranberry juice with small pieces of apple floating on the top.

Gulkand Bun Maska is basically an Iranian Snack where a fruity bun is buttered with Gulkand Maska. It is light on the stomach. Eggs Kejriwal is a popular snack in Mumbai. The name comes from Mr. Daya Prasad Kejriwal who would bring a snack of Pav and Omelette to the gymkhana. A lightly fried Omelette is placed on a buttered Pav and sprinkled with finely chopped onions, green chilies and red chilli powder. It is delicious and quite filling as well. The Green Tea Bruschetta, one of their specialties is made with onions, bell peppers and fermented green tea leaves. For the health freaks there’s Burmese Tea Salad prepared with Lettuce, nuts and fermented tea leaves. It tastes best with the dressing that comes with it.

IMG_4842Vada Pav was definitely the highlight of our meal. A fluffy vada made with boiled and mildly spiced potatoes was pressed between Pav breads smeared with green chutney. Smoked Chicken Sandwich had a distinct flavor of the barbeque sauce used for dressing the chicken. Among Desserts you have to try their Choco Chip Muffin which is quite big and mouth watering. The Dutch Truffle comes with a scoop of Vanilla Ice cream on top and the combo is delightful. Plating for both the desserts is pretty impressive.

If you like to have your cuppa in solitude, Tea Trails is the place to be.

Address- Shop 9, Scindia House, Opposite N Block, CP

Cost for two- Rs. 850 (approx)

Contact No. – 01133106292

Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.
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Chaayos

     

                                                                  CHAAYOS

           By Ritika Dhawan

With all the quirkiness surrounding Hauz Khas Village, there is a new member in the neighbourhood – CHAAYOS. It has just been a month and  people are already loving this place which promises to serve a good cup of tea every time you walk in .

   As you start walking into the colourful lane of Hauz Khas Village, on your left a bright big green door catches your attention and the minute you walk in, a characteristic aroma of freshly brewed tea will greet you. Sack cloth covered seating , big windows, ‘for the love of chai’ posters gracing the walls and lampshades made out of traditional chai glasses add up to the great ambience.

Picture1As you start going through the menu, you are spoilt for choice as they have a variety of teas- speciality teas, classic teas and the best one ‘meri walli chai’, which gives you the option to customize your tea according to your taste. There are 12 add ons for the ‘meri walli chai’ alone. Classic teas include the green tea, English breakfast tea , Darjeeling first flush and many more. The speciality teas range is something to look out for, with flavours such as Moroccan mint and aam papad chai, they truly stick up to their motto ‘Experiments with Chai’.

The people behind this creative venture are  Nitin Saluja and Raghav Verma, two IIT graduates who wanted to preserve and flourish the heritage of chai addas. Be it tulsi chai, paani kam chai, adrak wali chai or even a hari mirch chai, they make sure that everyone can sip a perfect cup of tea in a cosy environment. With their increasing popularity, they are set to open many more outlets in the coming months. Talking about their favourite cup of tea, marketing and business development head Raghav Verma loves his hari mirch(green chilli) chai. These ever smiling faces of the owners show how proud they are of their creation.

Picture1If chai is not enough for you, they have a variety of delectable sandwiches available for you to binge on. A highly recommended item on their menu is the Chocolate Bun. A crisp, toasted bun layered with chocolate hazelnut spread will make you drool and leave you asking for more. Their hari mirch chai is worth trying, when you take a sip the flavours of adrak, cinnamon and elaichi take over your senses but suddenly you get this kick of green chilli which makes this chai a master creation. We recommend that with every visit of yours to Chaayos, try every combination on their menu and be experimental with this favourite beverage amaongst Indians.

Looking for a place with a cosy environment, to sit and chat with your friends over rounds and rounds of chai – Chaayos is a pit stop.

 

                                             

 

Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.