Sunday, December 16, 2012

My Tea House

The Tea Party

I had a little tea party
This afternoon at three.
'Twas very small-
Three guest in all-
Just I, myself and me.

Myself ate all the sandwiches,
While I drank up the tea;
'Twas also I who ate the pie
And passed the cake to me. 

-Jessica Nelson North



Tea is more of a companion to me. I drink the black when dark clouds hover above me. I drink the sugary milky concoction in the hours of noon when things are slow. I drink with honey on days when I feel indulgent. I drink it ice-cold during summer lunches. Tea has always been there. And since I moved away from home, tea is that one link that instantly connects me home.

Many a times, the distinct aroma of tea reminded me of my home: the constant boiling of tea leaves in the kettle, morning newspaper over tea, breaking of siesta with tea, laughter and adda with neighbours over  tea. No wonder, I am partial to tea than any other drink in the world.

So to find a nice little tea-place in a city famous for its coffee, makes me giddy with delight. I had to share this place I came across a couple of months ago and which I re-visited last weekend. It's aptly named "My Tea House". 

Of course, the most famous tea-serving  restaurant is Infinitea at Cunningham Road, where they have specialised brews from all over the world. It is also quite a hit. But My Tea House is in my neighbourhood and is a more modest place than Infinitea. It has none of Infinitea's cosy ambience and continental menu, nonetheless, My Tea House (MTH) has a charm of its own.

The tea menu is endless; the options are many. Food-wise, it has a decent menu with sandwiches and burgers, but I never went there with an intention to eat. It was solely the crave for a good tea that attracted me. And usually, a sponge cake accompanied it. 

This time around, my eyes caught the 'Nilgiris Tea' section. Though I live so near the Nilgiris, I have never tasted their brew. Continuous supply of Assam Tea might be the culprit; I never had the need to 'buy' tea. Assam Tea is always abundantly available, free, direct from a tea estate of people back home. So, at MTH, I gave the Nilgiris Tea a chance, and I had something called 'Orange Pekoe'. Of course, with it was a Dates-cake. It was served black, and man! what an aroma... It had a subtle fruity flavour too. I had it like a purist, no sweetener. The cake gave me good company. The fruity flavour still lingers in my mind. I have to go back soon to taste it again, or maybe next time for the first time, I will BUY Nilgiris tea.

For all tea-drinker around Bangalore, you can try this one next time you have a crave for good tea.

My Tea House is situated near the Deve Gowda Petrol Bunk, Banashankari 3rd stage, on the 100 ft. Ring Road.








You can gather more information at http://www.myteahouse.in/

Let it brew!


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