July 21, 2015
Another home run to Tea Trove, this time got invited to try out their Drive-in Menu at Sarat Bose Road branch. The decor is very picturesque and charming also the staffs are very friendly and helpful. Managements are planning to introduce some new menus and drinks for their upcoming drive-in counter which will be open till 2 AM at night. This kind of drive-in counters are normally quite popular in USA and UK. I also had the pleasure to talk with the owner and got to know that, they owned one hundred years old Tea Garden in Assam and Tea business is in their ancestor’s blood for last 3 generations.
Today I begin with their recommendation ‘Indian Fusion – tonic of time’, green tea blended with basil and pepper mint, made into an iced tea & base of which was soda. It could easily be a regular afternoon tea treat for anyone. Its natural sweetness curbs the need for a snack, and the mint – like characteristics help me overcome the summer dreariness.
Then we started off with ‘Cheesy Garlic Bread Tea Trove Style’, flavour was lovely but I wasn’t completely impressed with the Cheesy Garlic Bread, I felt it was bit overdone. Sides of the Garlic Bread gave slightly bitter sensation in my mouth, except that everything else was enjoyable. Following dish arrived on our table was ‘Tandoor Chicken Momo’, this was the first time I tried tandoor momo and it was mouth-watering. Just put it your mouth, and wait for the party to begin; the flavours and textures were pretty damn amazing. After that came ‘Mexican Chicken Skewers’, presentation was wonderful but after first bite it felt wishy-washy. This dish became slight off in the presence of the other delicious dishes.
‘Paneer Shashlik Skewers’ arrived next and I found it astounding; it was full of tang, medium spicy and very very satisfying. You might find yourself slurping it all up before you even realise. ‘Chicken Chimi Changa’ was another marvellous dish. It’s really scrumptious and flavours meld together with the layer. I liked how they cut the Chimi Changa, made the dish seem fancier and could not be more pleasing to the eyes and palate. Subsequent dish to try was ‘Chicken Warps’, plain and simple warp dripping with delicious creamy pepper mayonnaise sauce, it sponges the mouth and fills the soul. I loved the abundance of flavours and textures.
Next drink to try was ‘Devils Will’, it’s a cold milk based drink where tea presso was blended with milk and ice cream and then served with chocolate sauce and ice cream topping. Devils Will was not a flavoured tea, but it had some distinct background flavours. It had a gently creamy feel on the tongue, and the flavour reminds me of a being in a chocolate factory. I’m not talking about a sweet candy sort of chocolate. There’s an organic, earthy sort of flavour in the tea and feel it came straight from the garden.
Tea Trove ‘s Paneer Peri Peri Pizza had a extraordinarily speckled crust and was topped with cheese, homemade tomato sauce and paneer. Each slice loaded with fresh quality ingredients, flavourful and baked perfectly. It was light and crispy and will melt in your mouth.
Another surprise was ‘Aam aadmi chai’. It was a lovely, delicate Darjeeling flavoured milk tea. It was not a tea I suggest drinking with a meal or any additives. It was best to drink on its own to fully enjoy its delicate nature. The more you drink the tea, the more flavours you detect. It leaves a sweet aftertaste in my mouth.
Grilled Chocolate Sandwich was delicious, so so chocolaty, crunchy and wonderful. A must try and no is not an option. They’re so good; you might finish all sandwiches on your own before you knew it.
‘The Betels’ was the last drink of this evening. It was a pan flavoured milkshake and great delicious drink to end our meal. It thrilled my taste buds with every sip; I think chef prefers adding his own twist to create this unique mocktail.
Every dish we had was pretty good and savoury. Satisfaction level is so high at Tea Trove, you’ll be scheduling your next visit even before you leave!
N.B. – Tea Trove’s management kindly invited me to their event “Drive-in Menu Tasting” at Sarat Bose Road.