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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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TYPHOO

TYPHOO Introducing Environment-Friendly Tea Drinking

By Shreya Chowdhury

21st April, 2015, Delhi learnt about drinking tea in an environment friendly manner. Typhoo, UK’s premium tea brand brought to India by ApeejaySurendra Group, bearing the prestigious Rainforest Alliance seal, launched a plethora of new products for the Indian Tea market.

The four Rainforest Alliance Certified Tea launched by Typhoo are 24 Carat Leaf Tea, Gold, Classic Assam and English Breakfast.The Gold is a lovely, golden- liquored, flavorful tea which can be relished anytime of the day. The English Breakfast is classic! Light and flavorful, it is perfect for breakfast. For health conscious tea lovers, their Decaf is a must-have. You can enjoy that beautiful cuppa without having to worry about the caffeine.

assortnment of teaThe Green Tea products of Typhoo are extremely interesting and a personal favorite. The most fascinating flavor is the coconut green tea. When you take the tea bag out of the pouch, the creamy coconut-y aroma fills the air around you, and when you take the first sip, it feels like you can almost taste the coconut, but it is light and refreshing, like all their other green teas. The masala green tea is also very nice and different. It smells exactly like the masala chai you get in any tea stall in India. So, you get the best of both worlds, the aroma of the masala chai and the health benefits from green tea. The traditional Tulsi, the Moroccan Mint, Lemongrass and Jasmine flavours of green tea and their Green Tea are all brilliant! Typhoo has a great range, catering to the tastes of all kinds of green tea lovers.

masala chai green teaTyphoo also has a variety of flavoured tea bags. They have the quintessentially Indian Adrak Chai, Elaichi Chai and Masala Chai. Now all you need is a tea bag, some milk, sugar according to taste and you have the perfect cup of tea! They also have the Earl Grey and the Lime and Lemon tea, which are refreshing brews.

The most exciting teas are the caffeine- free fruit infusion flavours. The orange spicer is an absolute hit! It is a delicious concoction of orange, hibiscus, clove, cinnamon and ginger. The Blackcurrentbraser and the Lemon and Lime Zest are fruity and fresh and are best served as ice teas, perfect for the summers.

Typhoo has introduced a new kind of tea drinking in India. They have not only produced an assortment of teas, they also offer customers the environment-friendly choice, which may be small, but, is a crucial step towards sustainable development.

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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Yahya Tea Stall

Yahya Tea Stall

Everyone always ignores the small tea stall on the side of the road or at the corner of a street. No one knows the history behind a small tea stall. Even Shah Rukh Khan’s father had a tea stall and served tea at a very well known drama company in Delhi, and if it was not for the star, we would probably never have known that such a tea stall existed.

WP_20141117_037Likewise, there is an old tea stall in the lane of Gali Qasmijan, right at the entrance of Phatak Luharu in Ballimaran. This tea stall was started by the late Haji Mohammed Farooq in 1969, carried on by his son the late Mohammed Yahya. It has been forty-five years since the pouring and serving of tea has been going on here. Now, the grandchildren, Mr. Farhan and Mr. Faizan, who are reporters with a newspaper, are still taking care of their family business. Their father, the late Mohammed Yahya, also owned a dairy shop named after his wife, Sabra and a hotel where the tea famously known as “Haji ki Chai” was served. Since the grandchildren did not have the same aspirations as their father, they gave up the place for rent and but have still kept the touch and name of their father through the tea stall.

When I looked at the boys preparing the tea, I was completely amazed at how it was being prepared. It was nothing like the way we prepare it at home.

WP_20141117_049The tea leaves are boiled in water in an aluminum kettle for a long time and on the other side, the milk is kept boiling, letting it form a layer of cream, commonly known as malai. The first step is to put a spoonful of sugar, a teaspoon of milk and boiled tea, and a spoon of malai. It is then stirred well and served hot. If you desire for a strong cup of tea, they add a spoon of fresh tea leaves, while pouring the boiled tea, in the strainer to give it that dark look and a strong kick. Mostly it would look like filtered tea that is served at a fancy tea shop.

There is a lively history behind this tea stall. Believe it or not a hundred and fifty cups of tea were made and served at a time which impressed me so much since there are so many different steps to get a perfect cup of tea. It definitely did not taste like the regular tea that one drinks every morning.

Nearby the tea stall, there was once a college named Tibbia College which has been shifted to Karol Bagh. This college offers education in medicine, and therefore, numerous and frequent doctors, professors, and students would be attending this college. Now a morning without a tea would not be complete and Yahya Tea Stall completed the mornings of a lot of people in the college and around. Tibbia College ordered six hundred teas almost every day, and without fail they were served with the same quality and standard.

WP_20141117_041For a couple of days, the tea stall had been shut down but by popular demand of the people living there and expressing their love for the tea and the family, the stall was back with a bang, serving tea with as much as dedication as it did when it first started.

The grandchildren besides being modernized and familiar with the media profession did not leave their ancestral house and believed that living there would keep the culture and history of the place alive. Surprisingly, the haveli that they reside in was once the haveli of Ghalib Mirza’s second wife. It definitely must be exciting to live in a house with intricate Mughal style designed pillars, doors, windows, and houses. Farhan Yahya said that the love and the respect of the people could not make him leave the place where he spent his childhood.

A must visit if you want to have a perfectly made hot cup of tea.

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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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CAFE 6

Cafe 6

By Pramiti Sapru

Craving amazing food in the middle of your classes? Cafe 6 is here to the rescue. Located near Hauz Khas market, Cafe 6 is a common hang out spot for college students from NIFT, Gargi and Kamla Nehru. For the people who don’t know about this place, you’re about to be introduced to Foodie heaven!

Although the Cafe is tiny, its quaintness adds to the ambience. With an indoor and outdoor seating as well, Cafe 6 is the perfect place to spend hours talking to your college mates or to just sit and enjoy a book.

I, myself have spent hours here doing ‘peth pooja’. I would definitely call myself a Cafe 6 lover. There menu is bursting with variety and it’ll take ages to try each one of them (I really want to).  My standard order here is the Cheesy Chicken Burger along with Fries and Peach ice tea (I’m drooling just thinking about it). The amount of cheese in the burger is just about right. Neither too ‘drippy’ nor is it less. The chicken is juicy and filling. Wedged between vegetables, this burger is a doorway to heaven. Their Peach ice tea is like the cherry on the cake! Out of every restaurant that I have ever visited, this serves the best Peach ice tea. And all of this just for Rs.190. *Gasps*

But hold on! This is just the tip of the ice-berg. There is more. For cheese and potato lovers like me, you have to try cheesy-greedy potatoes and no do not think about the calories, just think about the concoction of the mozzarella and potatoes melting in your mouth. Italian junkies, Mushroom Sauce Pasta and Chicken Panini’s are on their way. And finally for the sweet tooth, there is the famous chocolate pudding and brownies!

Imagine this is not even 10% of the menu! There is a lot to discover at this joint. For the lazy bums they also home deliver so not to worry!

So come on down to Cafe 6 people! It won’t burn a hole in your pocket but it’ll definitely put a smile on your face.

Address: D6 Ground Floor, Hauz Khas New Delhi

Number: +91 9313700550

Cost : Rs.300 for two (approx.)

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Cheesy Greedy Potatoes

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Peach Ice Tea

2nd September,2013

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.