The concept of tea parties has always fascinated me. Something about those delicate crockery with pretty patterns, the sparkling clean linen, the aroma of freshly brewed tea and the assortment of delectable short bites to keep conversations going. And growing up in a tea estate being part of this culture, any such occasion here in the city always brings back fond memories. So when we heard that the popular tea cafe, Infinitea, had opened its new outlet in Indiranagar, my girls and I decided to head over there to have our little tea session.
The setting of the cafe is modern minimalist and compact, unlike the grandeur usually associated with tea houses. But appealing with interesting elements such as the dome shaped table lamps, the tall glass walls and the rack at the entrance displaying a whole lot of glass jars filled with exotic tea from across the globe. They also have an outdoor section but the interior space seemed more serene in comparison.
Their tea menu is extensive and you can go all out and choose from green, black, oolong, herbal, fruit and the exquisite range. They have plenty interesting options at that! Their fruit melanges and flavoured tea section had my attention and I ordered the Apricot Peach, while my friends ordered Chocolate Ginger, and Assam Gold tea.
So while we got engrossed in our conversation, the waiter brought three glass tea pots containing hot water to our table. He then placed the respective tea in the pots and set them aside to brew while he kept an hourglass to keep track of time. We intently watched the liquor develop its colour and as soon as the last few sand grains slipped down, we poured ourselves a cup of the freshly brewed tea. Just a whiff of the tea and we all had the same blissful expression!
My fruit tea was light with subtle flavour of apricot and peach while my friend’s chocolate ginger tea was intense. The Assam Gold tea on the other hand was much enjoyed with milk and sugar.
In terms of the food menu, they have plenty of options to choose from whether you are looking for a short bite or a wholesome meal. There are sandwiches, soups, salads, pizzas, pastas, and popular entrees across varied cuisines. For a chilly evening we decided to try the momos and a portion of Chicken Crostini. While I enjoyed the crostinis with the cheesy chicken topping, the momos on the other hand were dry and lacked flavour.
What you absolutely mustn’t miss here are treats from their dessert counter. We indulged in the Chocolate Ganache Tart and Baked Cheesecake. Divine!
We have already made plans to head back there soon to try more varieties of tea! What say you?
#26, ESI Hospital Road, HAl 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bangalore; tel: 080 41265258