Cutting Edge Chai At Taj Mahal Tea House

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CUTTING EDGE CHAI AT TAJ MAHAL TEA HOUSE

Taj Mahal Tea House is, as the name suggests, a tea house. Located in an old bungalow in Bandra, the space is beautifully designed by The Busride Studio in warm, inviting tones that make you want to linger over your cup of tea. You can also purchase their tea from the small shop inside the tea house.
Taj Mahal Tea House, 36/A, Sanatan Pereira Bungalow, St. John Baptist Road, Bandra (w), Mumbai 400 050. Phone: 022 2642 0330 

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The first thing you notice about Taj Mahal Tea House is how pretty it is. Ochre walls with framed art, blue flowers, and turquoise, patterned accent tiles. Cane furniture, vintage wooden tables with marble tops, indigo and white cushions. The homey feel is intensified by the fact that it occupies the ground floor of an old bungalow in Bandra.
The tea house is owned by Hindustan Unilever – its full name is Brooke Bond Taj Mahal Tea House – which is in no way a deterrent. Mumbai may be shying away from corporate to embrace young, independent brands, but Taj Mahal Tea House is proof that there is room for both.
Most of the flavours here are ones you aren’t likely to blend at home. Mint is passé (although available for those who like to play it safe); curry leaves, coconut, even paan flavoured teas make you wonder just how versatile the little tea-leaf is. And if you’re a coffee drinker who’s been dragged here by a tea-loving friend, you needn’t fret – there may be just two coffee options for you, but they’re just as good as anything your friend will order.
Whatever you decide to drink, pair it with their buttery brun maska served with seasonal jam. I broke a no bread-no sugar rule for it during a Very Important Work Meeting, and I have no shame in saying I tuned out from business talk while eating it. There might even have been soft murmurs of appreciation as I not-so-gracefully devoured it. Caffeine and carbs always come first, and they’re both absolutely delicious here.
Photograph by Suruchi Maira 
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