This is rare. It was two firsts for us. A) Being “tea-totallers: we were keen to try the new Chaayos outlet at Connaught Place. B) Chaayos keeps tweaking their menu as per the season. The new winter menu was just launched and we were invited to try that.
Chaayos has introduced certain new items in their menu. While their ads, specially radio ads promote tea, more than their snacks, this is a place that people visit for food. We tried certain food items from both the menus. And of course their chai!
Chaayos has opened quite a few branches in Delhi NCR and had a kiosk at the Trade Fair. They serve a longish list of teas, other beverages and snacks. The snacks are ok. But chai is their star. A tad expensive, it is still an experience that is mostly reserved for coffee shops. Moreover, the store guys at the Hauz Khas Village are super hospitable and their warmth most definitely adds to the reasons of coming back here.
Tea is catching up as the go-to drink for many in Delhi what with its health benefits and reasonable prices,. Consequently tea cafes in Delhi are seeing a steadily increasing flow of patrons. T’Pot Café in Malviya Nagar is a tea joint that is about two years old. They have an impressive range of tea starting from our very own masala chai to the exotic white tea – oolong tea et al. They also serve a variety of tea snacks, (vegetarian well as non-vegetarian) meal items and coffee. Apart from the brew, one may buy tea leaves from their outlet or online store.
Chaayos is a relatively new tea place with quite a few branches in Delhi NCR. Although steeply priced the tea was good and we liked the experience.
We visited The Piano Man-Passion Tea in Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar after a long gap. The place is looking better with new decor and redesigned menu. Tea and cake were nice but definitely not value for money.
T’pot Cafe, Malviya Nagar looks like a set from a KJo film – florescent color walls, guitars for decor etc. Thronged by college kids mostly, its a very noisy place almost like a college canteen. We ordered basic stuff like Masala ginger tea and muffin and liked it.
A perfect “blend” of erudition and spunk Cha-Bar has a contemporary and classy decor. Cha Bar serves a variety of tea, coffee and snacks. Served with French fries and tartar, every bite of “Fish and chips” is divine. Tuna sandwiches were equally good and of course like everything else here, a value for money