The monsoon season is still in full swing which means all those cravings for steaming hot cups of tea are very much alive. While it is chai and pakoda season, it is also a great time to enjoy a more elaborate and International approach to tea time. Treat yourself to one of these amazing high tea spreads across the city and indulge in a delicious afternoon full of tea, sandwiches, cakes and plenty more that these restaurants offer.
The Drawing Room, The St. Regis, Mumbai – The St Regis Hotel is known for their signature tea rituals and in the evening this lobby-level eatery is flooded with guests who come to enjoy their elaborate high tea. There are plenty of scones, canapés, petit fours and savoury dishes and teas that make the menu for this evening occasion. It is one of the most popular high teas in the city and you will find this a tradition at every St Regis Hotel you visit.
Sea Lounge, The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai – This popular restaurant at the iconic Taj Mahal Hotel has been a favourite for city folks of every generation. It boasts of one of the best views in the city with the Gateway Of India standing proudly outside its windows and guests always request for their sea-facing booths but you are lucky if you manage to snag one since they are perpetually occupied. The restaurant is popular but they are famed for their evening High Tea. The food is offered buffet style and includes hot dishes as well as sandwiches and smaller bites.
Yauatcha, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Western Suburbs – Most High Tea experiences have an English influence with scones and cookies but no one loves tea more than the Chinese and the tea trails experience at Yauatcha is an excellent choice for an evening tea ritual. It is a little different here, no scones or biscuits but instead a choice of three dim sum baskets along with a pot of tea and a dessert to round up the experience. Guests can choose from elaborate teas like the Geisha which consists of bamboo shoot, ginger, rose sesame and the famed schizandra berries or perhaps the Strawberry and Champagne which is a green tea blend of lavender, rosebuds and strawberries. This is a set experience for one person and is available through the week from 04:00 pm – 07:00 pm at the restaurant.
Gallops, Mahalaxmi, South Mumbai – The view of the Race Course during the rains is spectacular and here you can snuggle into one of their cosy booths and enjoy their special high tea menu. It starts with the server bringing a box of nine teas for you to select followed by a small tea smelling ritual. All the teas are from TGL Co. Once you have picked your tea the table is full of small bites both sweet and savoury dishes. In case you are not a tea drinker you can opt for coffee or even a glass of champagne.
Garde Manger – This adorable little eatery that focuses on a healthier menu is possibly the most unlikely candidate for a high tea. Despite the lack of a traditional high tea menu, this cosy cafe with its deep wooden interiors is a lovely place to enjoy a different type of high tea. You can pick from two set menus, one including tea/coffee along with Bruschetta, a Salad Sandwich and a Belgian Waffle or another with Ice Tea, Corn Tarts, Som Tam Salad, a burger and waffles. Both menus are unlike any traditional high tea but popular with their guests and a welcome change from the usual suspects. The high tea is available from Monday to Thursday between 04:00 pm to 07:00 pm and is an unlimited offer.
Better known as the Tiny Taster, Roxanne is an internationally respected blogger and expert on the Mumbai food scene. She has hosted many events, including the Upper Crust Food & Wine Show and travels the world, sharing her knowledge and gaining more experience.