The tea craze among people is in full swing these days – young and middle-aged alike. Delhi has over the years witnessed a buzz of tea bars and cafes, serving myriad varieties of tea. Trying such places, it is also noticed that besides tea as beverage, it is also used as an ingredient in food. Tea Trails in Connaught Place is a perfect example after its exemplary success in North Campus for this new trend. Now tea connoisseurs have another reason to rejoice, owing to these outlets. After coffee shops, these are the latest go-to spots for people scouting locations for business meetings, dates, matrimonial meetings, and casual banter with friends and foes, with Tea Trails in CP New Delhi topping the list. Located at Scindia House in Connaught Place, it is always buzzing with crowd.
With modern, sophisticated and simple blend of décor and interiors, the white walls with engraved paintings of tea pots and cups, the cushiony comfortable chairs and double storeyed seating make for an apt description of Tea Trails in Connaught Place New Delhi. One side of the café accommodates a counter where one can walk up and taste the tea varieties and then select the one to order.
Every tea comes accompanied with small cards printed with that define the benefits of that particular option. If you happen to ask the staff for their recommendations, they beautifully suggest tea leaves are used. With over 20 outlets in Mumbai and some branches in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai as well, it is a popular brand in India. The tea leaves are brewing equipment are also sold at the café per box.
The menu of Tea Trails at Connaught Place consists of more than 60 varieties of tea such as black tea, green tea, white tea, herbal tea, iced tea, mocktails with tea and food with tea. Every hot tea comes with a timer, tea whole tea leaves in a brew flask, and a cup accompanied with name cards and cookies. Since the leaves are not pre-condensed, you can taste the natural flavours of tea.
The mildly sweet and fruity flavoured tea is pale olive green in colour. If you just like mild tea to kick-start your day, this is a recommended variety to order.
Normally, Kashmiri Kahwa in other places in black in colour, however here, they serve yellow, infused with saffron, exotic green tea, whole spices such as cardamom, black pepper corn, cloves, and cinnamon and is garnished with crushed almonds. The tea leaves are actually sourced from Kashmir.
Matcha Broccoli Soup
Think – green tea and broccoli combined together to produce an aromatic creamy delight. Japanese tea is mixed in this soup and is served with garlic bread. If you want to try something other than the tea here, this could be a great pick for you.
If you enjoy milk tea or ‘chai’ as we call it, you would really like the hint of lemongrass in it, but for those, who just cannot have milk tea like me, you could opt for other tea varieties. However, for your daily dose of chai, you should try this beverage.
Yes, as the name sounds, this cold tea is sweet mango candy flavoured, with fruity bubbles in it that can be tasted in its pure form. For iced tea lovers, this is a hit, however, you can customize the level of sugar as desirable.
This fruity infusion of hibiscus and mixed berries, is a slightly tangy flavoured red tea, for more of the taste lovers. This is for those who like something between a hot tea and an iced tea.
As there are not too many non-tea beverages, cold coffee is one of the recommended options, in case you are not a tea person. On a positive note, this beverage here is also done well with the perfect level of sugar, milk and coffee blended with ice cream.
Nibbles and Bites 3/5
Olive and Green Tea Bruschetta
Bruschetta garnished with green tea leaves and dried olives is a great option paired well with the Silver Needle tea. The toasted baguettes are crunchy and the flavour of the green tea leaves is unique and distinctive.
Burmese Tea Salad
Fermented green tea is mixed with lettuce and crumbled nuts tossed or served alongside a garlic sesame dressing. Another tea lover’s delight – light on the tummy and decadent in taste. This goes great with the Kashmiri Kahwa.
Smoked Chicken Sandwich
Chicken chunks, smoked and dressed in barbeque sauce spread evenly on bread slices makes for a great combination with the Lapsang Souchong and the Matcha Broccoli Soup. You can request the servers to add or remove veggies as per your choice.
Grilled Paneer Platter
Peri Peri rubbed grilled cottage cheese steak served on a bed of tossed vegetables, aromatic herbed rice, and fragrant and smoky garlic sauce is what this dish comprises. Pair it with the Lemongrass for Chai for a unique twist.
This chocolate truffle cake slice, is a decadent dark chocolate pastry served preferably with the mango bubble tea or the cold coffee for the cocoa-caffeine kick. The sugar soaked chocolate sponge is coated with decadent Belgian chocolate.
So, if you want to have a cup of solace, calmness, and relaxation with scrumptious bites, Tea Trails at Connaught Place New Delhi is the placed.
Address: Shop 9, Scindia House, Opposite N Block, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Meal for Two: Rs. 850