Where: 2 Shah Sultan Complex, Cunningham Road, Bangalore
Open: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Contact: 080-41148428, 30941516
The price you pay: Rs 500 for two
Rather than serve all varieties in the same white Bone China teacup, each type of tea here is served in its own unique container. For example, the very earthy Masala Chai is served in earthenware cups, the luxurious Peony Rosette is served in a slightly transparent tea cup to let drinkers see the bud actually bloom when hot water is poured and Enigma On The Rocks is served in a whisky glass. Infinitea has become one of the most popular hangouts in the city, popular with families, free-spending code-jocks and a fastgrowing expat crowd.
Besides drinking tea itself, Infinitea also retails loose tea leaves.
Must tries: Stupa or Peony Rosette, Cinnamon Tea and Nilgiri Organic Tea. Infinitea also backs up its beverages with an ample menu of entrees, salads, main courses and desserts. Try the Tiramisu here to end a relaxed evening out.
Where: Oxford Book Store, 17 Park Street, Kolkata
Open: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
The price you pay: Rs 250 to Rs 300 for two
Must tries: Chamomile and Hibiscus tea, Chinese Green and Japanese Green tea, Brahmi tea, Cha Hindustani
The tea centre
Where: 78, Resham Bhavan, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai
Open: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
The price you pay: Rs 300 for two
The chill factor - Walk into this luxury tea lounge for a wide variety and different flavours of tea, muffins, sandwiches and scones. If it sounds like a typical English high-tea from the days of yore, the reality isn’t too far off the mark. Such is the treasure of Mumbai’s Tea Centre. It takes you back to the best parts of colonial India, from the décor and the ambiance, to the little silver bells to summon assistance.
What began as a tea promotion initiative by the Tea Board of India is today a privately run place where tea has been redefined and remixed to appeal to every palate. Tea Centre offers the classic Assam, Nilgiri and Darjeeling blends, but the in-house Camellia Tea Bar is where the novelty lies. If you’re lucky, you’ll walk in to a piano recital, or a book reading session by an author.
Tea Center also does special brunches with the best of Parsi cuisine. Irrespective of the hour of day you walk in, one thing is for sure —time will have stopped ticking a century ago.
Must tries: Camellia Tea, Hot Buttered Apple Tea, Thai Chai, Rose Petal Tea, scones, apple pie and open-faced mushroom sandwich.