We had a plan for the day and it didn’t work out as we thought. Argghh, disappointed enough, we needed a magical cup of chai to make us forget our woes. Had heard the name from someone, so we thought, why not explore this baby in town, the Tea Trails…
At a walking distance from Barakhamba Metro station and Janpath Market, this tea lounge is handsomely placed on the main road (basically, you wouldn’t need maps to find it). Two floors and neat interiors with vibrant coloured sofa chairs and fresh plants hanging on a wall as you enter, make it a refreshing place to be at. Where we sat, there was a wall that showcased photographs from all over the world – and were all related to tea in some or the other way.
Desperate for some munching, we ordered Baked Sweet Potatoes and Gulkand Bun Maska with some Cranberry Iced tea and Lemon Grass Tea. While the order arrived, we enjoyed the ambience, and a fellow visitor who was too engrossed in reading. Honestly, when we ordered the Baked Sweet Potatoes, we expected them to be similar to the roasted ones you get at the chaatwalas, but these were different. Baked well but with their crispiness retained, these were lined with garlic and herbs and mildly seasoned. At first look we thought maybe we made a wrong choice, but naah naah, it was delicious. We didn’t know that sweet potatoes could taste so different! And since they were baked, these were such a healthy choice for the humid day we were about to spend afterwards. And the portion was enough!
What we absolutely loved was the Gulkand Bun Maska. Sweet bun smeared in Gulkand butter… simple recipe but lip-smacking. We saved a part of it to savour at the last (can anyone tell us where to find this butter, we want to eat it every day now!). While the Cranberry Iced Tea was a refreshing delight, the Lemon Grass Tea was a little disappointing. The flavour was strong and nice, but it didn’t taste well as expected. Plus it got cold too soon. We did order a Kulhad Chai to compensate for the chai cravings but to no effect, it didn’t do a good job as well.
But koi na, ho jata hai. We packed our remaining portion of the sweet potatoes to munch on our way and happily got done with INR 600 (approx.). There were other items on the menu that we are yet to try, and we will visit this place again for sure! By the way, it’s a good place to take a break if you work in CP.
What kept us refreshed all day was the awesome Cranberry Iced Tea, here’s a quick recipe for you!
Where: Shop 9, Scindia House, Opposite N Block, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Ambience: Well-manicured interiors, neat and spacious
Service: Extremely polite staff
Waiting time: 8- 10 minutes
Must Try: Cranberry Iced Tea, Gulkand Bun Maska and Baked Sweet Potatoes
Meal for two: INR 600 plus taxes
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Photos: Team Kyaa Karein