Chai is no longer merely the old-fashioned, milky brew boiled relentlessly with spices that we grew up having at a roadside stall. It is now available in several avatars thanks to lifestyle changes and discerning well-travelled customers. From a simple ‘cutting chai’ to the most exotic speciality teas and from floral iced teas to handcrafted teas, there is something to appease every palate in Mumbai. Drinking tea is clearly fashionable once again as people in Mumbai seem to have rediscovered this beverage. Elegant tea rooms and cafes have mushroomed in the city have some interesting offerings of teas. My top 5 picks :
Kulhad Chai at Chaayos, Oshiwara, Western Suburbs
This aromatic saffron tea, uplifts your mood anytime. Served in a traditional kulhad or earthenware glass, a sip of this milky brew is a treat, especially during this season. Available across Chayoos outlets in the city, this one is not-to-be-missed if you are a tea lover.
Masala Chai at Gallops, Mahalaxmi, South Mumbai
Afternoon tea acquires a whole new meaning with the elegant high tea served here. The Masala Chai here is made to perfection and takes you down memory lane. Sip this well-brewed tea with aromatic spices and bite into a Tea Cake or Egg and Cress Sandwich to complete the experience.
Kashmiri Kahwa at Ishaara, Lower Parel, South Mumbai
Relax and enjoy a Kashmiri Kahwa, the light and subtly flavoured saffron tea amidst the vibrant surroundings here. This green tea, replete with spices and saffron is comforting, to say the least.
Suleimani Chai at Prithvi Café, Juhu, Western Suburbs
This golden-hued brew without milk, but with a dash of lemon for that added zest, perks you up instantly. Prithvi Café serves one of the best ones in the city and a sip of this, gets your creative juices flowing.
Lush Lemongrass Green Tea at Kale & Kaffe, Bandra
This fragrant tea relaxes the senses and is light and soothing. A cup of this tea at any time of the day calms your mind and rejuvenates you. Relish your cuppa and perhaps bite into a Keto brownie if you want to enhance your experience.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.