A much used proverb “Chai is a feeling” has come true so many times in my personal and professional life. More than a beverage of choice, Chai is a lifestyle in Indian. India thrives on Chai and there is nothing like spending time together and talking heart to heart over cups of chai. The warmth that comes in relationships through Chai time is unparalleled. Many of my corporate friends have also confided that few of the most complex projects and negotiations happens over a cup of Chai! So here I was experiencing the Tata Cha Cafe in Bangalore.
Don’t you think sharing a cup of chai can go a long way? Well, now you have another reason to connect with that long lost friend or do that business negotiation or solve that nagging project problem by sitting across the tables. Tata Global Beverages, seeing a vast opportunity to get people together is using its position of world’s second largest tea producer, and opening Tata Cha Café, a Tea Cafe all across India. Targeting the Millennials, they have created an extensive menu based on age old authentic Indian recipes paired with a premium and aspirational experience. The idea of the Chai Warmth got translated into a reality at Tata Cha Cafe through it’s design, choice of beverages and food.
The outlet has different type of space with different concept keeping the various mood of people in mind. There are high chair seating where people can stand and chat while sipping on their tea and then there are cosy corners and the open informal seatings, bringing out the warmth of the place.
Whether it’s about getting nostalgic with tapri chai or going for a variety of healthy tea variants such as Cucumber Green Tea, you can experience something that you like in Tata Cha Café. The menu even includes local tastes like Diiliwali Kanji (Oh, I miss those Holi festival days!) to mom’s favoruite Masala Shikanji along with Meetha Paan, Rasmalai Milk Shake, Chilli Guava Ice Slushes and many more.
The food menu at Tata Cha Cafe has been very carefully designed too and has 3 categories to it. The first one are the dunkers. These are quick bites which go well with tea. Khari in different flavours, rusk and biscuits, these are perfect to dunk in your piping hot cup of tea.
Then there are traditional snacks which are slightly filling and can be had any time of the day. To share a food platter along with your companion, you can go for healthy Oil-Free Soya Kebab or indulge with Chatpata Matar Kulcha, dabeli and chakri samosa. There are a variety of tea cakes on the menu too.
And if you are looking for a filling meal, dishes like Dal Pakwan which are otherwise very difficult to spot outside will make your day. I personally loved the Butter Chicken Khichdi too which was a fabulous fusion of two traditional dishes bringing out a completely new avatar. There is a chicken stew too on the menu from South India.
The first of the Tata Cha Tea Café is now open on the most prominent 12th Main Road in Indiranagar. Commenting on choosing Bangalore for the pilot launch, Sushant Dash, Regional President – India, Tata Global Beverages said: “Bangalore, is one of the most active cities in India, cosmopolitan to its core and has welcomed people from distinct cultures from different corners of the country. Owing to its entrepreneurial characteristic, the city is home to one of the biggest clusters of young millennials with an appetite for innovative offerings.”
So whether it’s about getting nostalgic with that freshly boiled tea or trying something more innovative and new paired with some of the best snacks, head to Tata Cha Café and enjoy the experience of a youthful and energizing ambience.
This post has been sponsored by Tata Cha Cafe but all the views are mine.