#TeaTrails … Premium Tea Joint for Real Tea Lovers…!!!
There were a few premium coffee outlets in the area but none for tea lovers. For tea buffs; this is the place and it has come up in the recent past Located near Bata Showroom on #Baner Road, #Pune
Got an invitation for visit and being a tea buff… I accepted it happily.
With about 30 plus outlets in the country; the outlet is second one in #Pune after #LawCollage Road from the chain which started at #Mumbai during 2013.
Limited but dedicated parking space, two levels at the restaurant floor, decently spaced conventional as well as high seating, bright illumination, light colures, background score to mask inter table conversation spillage. Overall; decent ambiance!!!
Head Chef #AnishDeshmukh narrated the theme, idea behind the place and then we were on the #TeaTrails
Leaves of #CamelliaSinensis (tea) classified under White, Classic, Green, Speciality, Olong and Flavoured; and they have about 80 or more tea types form #Desi to #Firang are available with the chain; each and every blend is said to be handpicked by internal tea guru #KavitaMathur right at the #TeaEstate.
Menu also includes tea infused coolers and food items. They also have all day menu which includes snacks and food items which pair well with variety of teas.
#WhiteTea #SilverNeedle :
Young leaves, bare minimum oxidation, 2 minutes brewing / steeping time at 70 degree centigrade water, pale yellow when ready, lighter flavour. Very nice!
It was served with pairing food #BunMaska. The quality of bun was very good.
#GreenTea Kashmiri #Kahwa :
Relatively mature green tea leaves with little higher oxidation, 2 minutes steeping / brewing time at 70 degree centigrade water, bit yellowish colour with aroma of cardamom, cinnamon and saffron when ready. It was garnishes with finely chopped almonds. Good!
#GreenTea #Darjeeling :
Relatively mature green tea leaves with little higher oxidation, 2 minutes steeping / brewing time at 70 degree centigrade water, bit greenish yellow colour with somewhat floral aroma when ready. Great!
#GreenTea #JasminTea :
Relatively mature green tea leaves with little higher oxidation, 2 minutes steeping / brewing time at 70 degree centigrade water, bit golden colour with sweet floral aroma of jasmine when ready. Decent!
Green teas were served with pairing food as #BurmeseSalad. Salad seasoned olive oil was made up from peanuts, spicy spilt gram seeds, tomato, iceberg lettuce, green tea leaves which were fermented with garlic.
#Olong Tea :
Highly oxidized tea leaves, 4 minutes steeping / brewing time in water, green brown colour with deeper taste and aroma when ready. Good!
It was served with pairing food as fresh and crisp #MarbleSalad which had lettuce, bell peppers, green team boiled eggs.
#ChineseSmoked / Smoky tea:
Relatively higher steeping / brewing time, smoke dried tea leaves leading to smoky flavour in the brew, bit darker in colour. Nice!
It was served with pairing food as #SmokedChicken / #SmokedPaneer Grilled Sandwiches. Except above difference, the base was common as caramelized onions and BBQ sauce. Recommended!
Desi tea served in Kulhad (earthen pot). It was high on milk and usual tea spices. Good!
It was served with pairing food as #OnionBhaji. Made fresh and piping hot,
Overall; it is a must visit place for tea buffs.
F&B taste: 4
F&B quality: 4
Value for money: 3 (premium)
Overall: 3.5 to 4
Tea is served with complementary Palmier with low sweetness. In case you are unaware https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palmier
Food pairing part… I was not very sure because I prefer to have tea without anything else. But the food was good.
Small though but dedicated parking available (must have at this place)
They also have all day dining menu
They also serve fresh #FilterFoffee
Last but not the least
Being judgmental about something… Age, maturity and experience have important role to play!\