High Tea at Taj Lands End, Mumbai

 

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me” – C. S. Lewis

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My journey and fondness for more than just Masala Chai began during my stint in the UK and has stayed with me since. I lived in the North of UK where it’s freezing cold most of the year so a nice cup of pipping hot tea and a pair of warm cozy socks made me the happiest. It’s amazing to see though how seriously the British take their teatime! In fact we used to often joke that refusing a cup of tea in the UK could be considered anarchy ! Jokes aside, some of the most stunning tea parlours can be found in this magical country –

  1. 21 Absolutely Charming Tea Rooms You Have To Visit, by Buzzfeed UK- https://www.buzzfeed.com/ailbhemalone/tea-for-two?utm_term=.guAawwxGR#.yr2KZZWNg
  2. Best Tea Rooms in England by Conde Nast Traveller – http://www.cntraveller.com/recommended/uk/best-tea-rooms

Making afternoon tea a highly fashionable beverage, Portuguese Princess Catherine de Braganza brought the royal court’s favourite drink to the city in myriad flavours and aromas“. The Taj Lands End Mumbai, invites you to sneak into the life of a trend setter and uncover the tales of teas in her treasure trove.

The trend of high tea began when having tea in the afternoon, known as Afternoon Tea for obvious reasons, shifted from the privilege of the upper class to the working class. To bridge the gap between lunch and dinner, afternoon tea began as a mini meal between the two. The working class however could not afford expensive tea and the accompaniments that followed, nor could they drink tea at the same hour. Their schedules allowed them to get home only late evening, leaving them famished, which gave rise to the modern day fashionable, High Tea.

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Says Chef Aniruddha Roy, “The most quintessential of customs observed by Bandra-ites have been acquired by the Portugal and European traditions. Inspired by the ceremonious means of enjoying a good time with family and friends, we have introduced a lavish menu of teas and delectable treats to make afternoons a memorable time of the dayThe most quintessential of customs observed by Bandra-ites have been acquired by the Portugal and European traditions. Inspired by the ceremonious means of enjoying a good time with family and friends, we have introduced a lavish menu of teas and delectable treats to make afternoons a memorable time of the day”. 

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On the Menu:

Cocktails:
Queen’s Bellini – Raspberry infused Prosecco
East Indian Shandy – Infused with raspberry
Curry Leaf Martini – The Highlight of the evening!

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Tea:
Parsi Chai – With a touch of nutmeg and loads of cardamom, and a tad too much milk, but full of aroma ❤

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Snacks:
Scones
Chocolates
Fruit Tarts
Cupcakes (a.k.a. HEAVEN)
Mushroom buns
Mini Cucumber and Chutney Sandwich
Sliders

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These cupcakes are made of from rice flour, coconut and Parmesan cheese ! The saltiness of the cheese cuts right through the sweetness of the coconut making them a big hit.

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The sliders were delicious, full of flavour, a little difficult to eat being that they were a little too tall, but a great way to cut the sweetness of the chocolates, pastries and cupcakes. I was a little disheartened to see the chutney sandwich and paneer on the menu though. I’d have preferred something a little more experimental.

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Besides the lovely food and drinks, I must also compliment the carefully detailed, exquisite decor by the Executive Housekeeper I am told. Look at the centrepieces ! Not to mention we were also treated to the uber famous Taj Hospitality.

This particular Friday evening was most certainly my cup of tea 😉 The High Tea is available on all days of the week at the Atrium Lounge from 3 p.m to 6 p.m.

Prices: Rs. 795 + taxes (Tea High Tea) / Rs 995 + taxes (Tea High Tea and 2 Cocktails)

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