June 5, 2015
Finally made it to Tea Trove tonight and found this contemporary venue serves up dish after dish all day long. Ambiance was very impressive, sitting arrangements and graffiti in the walls will instantly make your mood bright. Diners fill their tummies with fusion dishes laid out on the wooden tables inside the cafe. In addition to food, there is also a wide selection of Tea & Coffee available. Be it hot or cold, with soda or with ice cream, they serve all kind off tea fantasies right there!! Be prepared to sample some unique tea that you have never imagined before!!
With the ideology that a good, hearty soup starts every nice meal, we started off with ‘Mushroom Cappuccino Soup’. After one sip I found it amazing, super tasty. I fall in love with Mushroom Cappuccino Soup! It was delicious and had right amount of filling & flavour! In future it may become a one pot gets it done kind of dish.
Then I had ‘Chilli Chai’ – tonic of time. This drink has re-ignited my passion for tea. It delivers a nice yet chilli flakes flavour with a freshening backdrop of malty black tea. Chilli chai tonic of time was an ice tea made using a blend of black tea with red chilli flakes, the base of which was soda instead of water. Hence it’s more refreshing than a regular ice tea.
Our starters were ‘Double Grilled Chilli Cheese Toast’, ‘Steamed Chicken Wings’, ‘Schezwan Paneer Bites’ & ‘Chicken Crostini’. Double Grilled Chilli Cheese Toast was soft yet crunchy and flavour of cheese was also irresistible, felt little overdone still nice starter to begin with. Next it’s time for Steamed Chicken Wings, another mouth watering dish. Perfectly cooked chicken pieces were soft enough to melt in our mouth. Though I found then slight sweeter than usual, still mouth watering. Schezwan Paneer Bites arrived on table and vanished within few minutes. This dish was bit spicier than my expectation and I liked it very much, a perfect dish for spicy food lovers. Our final starter was Chicken Crostini and I normally tend to avoid this dish. But after some resistance I decided to give it a try and it was simply amazing. I really enjoyed this simple and tasteful appetizer.
My next option for tea was ‘Tom and Jerry’. Taking the first sip brings a smile to my face. Malty yet fresh, with a dry after-tone, it almost tastes like a Mocktail with a tiny after kick, rather than a usual green tea. Tom and Jerry is a Tea Trove’s special where they have blended green tea with coke on the rocks, so that’s two completely opposite elements blended together harmoniously to create this great drink.
Our main course was consisting of ‘Lemon Garlic Herb Chicken Skewers’, ‘Char Grilled Paneer Sizzler’, ‘Fusili Pasta in Alfredo Sauce’, ‘Chicken Burritos’, and ‘Pizza Mexicana’. Lemon Garlic Herb Chicken Skewers had really interesting flavours and full credit goes to the chef for successfully playing with spices and herbs; however it was a tad too salty. The spices and flavours in Char Grilled Paneer Sizzler just blew my mind. I didn’t give a damn about what people think about spicy food— what mattered was getting those hot, soft, juicy, spicy stuffs into my mouth, again felt bit salty. Fusili Pasta and Alfredo Sauce combo was truly an exotic pleasure, absolutely delicious; it sponges the mouth and fills the soul. I’m not a Chicken Burritos fan but I couldn’t stop tearing at it; the flavours were so artfully composed into a sumptuous whole. Spicy food never tasted this good! Pizza Mexicana was also heavenly, may be equal to the excellence I have sampled at Hayat during pizza festival. Hmm was it the Fusili Pasta in Alfredo Sauce or Chicken Burritos or maybe Pizza Mexicana that had my heart filled with butterflies!
Tea Trove’s, ‘Teapresso’ promises to be a flavour-packed brew! Upon taking my first sip, I was surprised. It tastes exactly how it smells! No false promise of punchy flavours and bold undertones – this tea was the real deal. Teapresso is a highly concentrated shot of tea liquor made in a special way. It gives the kick of a tequila shot and serves with honey.
In dessert ‘Tiramisu’ tastes out of this world. When I first tasted this flavour, it brought me back to the times where I tried this dessert in award-winning Italian restaurant ‘da Vinci’, Bangkok. Though the presentation and taste bit different but still that hint of bitterness in the end was just too perfect. In the end I had ‘Teachino’. It was the classic tea made using a concentrated tea shot which is the teapresso and then topped with steamed frothed milk, taste astounding.
Service was extremely friendly, but not pushy or in your face, nice balance. Highly recommended for a date, get together, tea party or for a solo evening. If you are dining alone, the folks at Tea Trove will definitely take care of you. Also the owner ‘Shruti’ is amazingly sweet, informative and friendly! Truly an experience to remember and will definitely be going back again.
N.B. – Tea Trove’s management kindly invited me to enjoy their event “Speed Tasting Evening” at Desapriya Park.