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Are you one of those who would like to end an indulgent meal on a nice cup of tea? Well, I definitely am. While earlier all we had to satisfy ourselves was the standard hot water and tea bag affair, there are currently quite a few restaurants that have a great selection of teas (and even coffees) on their menu for the discerning diner. Take a look at these 5 places in Bangalore.
Here is a place that very rarely disappoints. From breakfast to lunch and dinner and everything in between, here is a space that has something for everyone. And if you happen to be a tea lover, then their selection of loose leaf tea is quite extensive.
Popcorn Frappe with espresso, vanilla ice cream and popcorn
Try the China Jasmine Tea if you want to go with something familiar. The Ice Wine (a tea, not a wine), has tea raisins, and a hint of rose, marigold and sunflower in it. The Orange and Mango Oolong is quite an interesting combination and comes with semi-fermented milk, oolong tea, mango, orange peel and pineapple.
This restaurant made quite a name for itself – Burmese vegetarian food that honestly makes you forget all the meat in the world; a place that does not serve alcohol, but has a superlative tea menu.
A tea steeped at the table
A lot of emphases is placed on the beverage here and your choice of teas will have a timer as well as a fancy glass pot and cup affair being bought to the table and your tea being steeped right before you. Choose from the wide range they have and enjoy these on their own or with the desserts that are great too.
This restaurant, set in the midst of the bustling Garuda Mall on MG Road, has quite the expansive menu. And discovering its tea menu was quite by happy chance since one of us was nursing a bad throat.
Nightingale - the white tea with Jasmine buds
The focus seems to be extensively on Black and Green Teas and their flavoured versions. But each one is quite good. Try out the Marrakech – green tea with spearmint, or the Black Tea with Gondhoraj or the Benaras Masala Chai. They also have caffeine free teas.
All of the teas at Bombay Brasserie are served with a little nibble alongside which gives you all the more reason to linger around. They have nice versions of all the familiar teas – Masala Chai, the Chandni Chowk Style Tea, the Bombay Monsoon Style Tapari Tea and the Hyderabadi Charminar Chai. What they also have is a gourmet tea box from where you have a choice of loose leaf teas as well.
Well yes, Infinitea, the name itself says it all – a restaurant that is focused around tea. I just love their display wall of teas. Now that said, this is a restaurant that knew right from the get-go years ago that a good menu should accompany good tea. And, that is what they have done, even with each revamps. The teas here are paired with desserts and is a great way to go – the Chai Chocolate Pots with Vanilla Oolong Tea, the Baked New York Cheesecake with Herbal Infusion teas, the Chocolate Coffee Ganache with Vintage Black Tea. The options are many.
Ruth Dsouza Prabhu has been a media professional for 18 years now, across multiple platforms. As a passionate F&B writer, she has interacted personally with internationally renowned names such as Marco Pierre White, Janice Wong, Chef Vivek Singh, Chef Vikas Khanna, Madhur Jaffrey, the late Tarla Dalal and many others for her stories. A highlight has been personal interviews with all three of the celebrity judges on Masterchef Australia. She is on several jury panels of food and beverage awards, is sought after for opinions in the field by publications and has her work published in well-known names such as The Hindu, Firstpost, HuffPost India, Condé Nast Traveller, NatGeo Traveller among many others.