Beckoning all tea aficionados!
Bangalore is full of surprises. And many times, it pays to try out a new place all by yourself, and not go by popular opinion.
One such place that we discovered was Infinitea on Cunningham Road. If you are a tea lover, this is the place for you. Actually it’s pretty strange. I know lots of people who know this place. But for every person who knows about it, there are ten who don’t!
Infinitea has it all. Friendly staff, lively ambience. Cozy corners. Low sofas with sparkling glass-topped tables. And a menu with a dazzling variety of teas! And of course, tempting eats to go with the tea!
The place is very interesting. The walls are full of witty, punny, interesting posters extolling the virtues of tea. Even your little round paper tea coasters have, written on them, quotes about tea by famous personalities.
The varieties of tea in the menu is a tea-lover’s delight. There are exotic teas from all over the world. You have green teas, white teas, and our very own Darjeeling and Assam tea — served withOUT milk and sugar, mind you — ohhh the horror of mixing milk and sugar with tea!
Of course, if you are the kind who thinks that tea is not tea without milk and sugar, you have some good choices too, for e.g. Masala chai.
Feeling too hot for a steaming pot of tea? Then you can have iced tea, of course, flavoured with lemon or peach or cranberry or ginger, or what have you.
Hungry, but not too hungry? You can go in for Momos, with a red, spicy hot sauce. Slurp! [After having eaten delicious momos in Darjeeling, I scoured Bangalore for a place that served momos, and this is the first one I found. I started frequenting it just for the momos, and it was only then that I woke up and discovered that the teas are so good!].
Feeling a little “Inglees”? You have hot buttered scones to die for. [As I write this, I feel like dropping everything and running right over to Infinitea.]
Chatted for so long that you are hungry, but are too lazy to step out for a bite to eat? Then you have a selection of main courses too – delicious, of course.
Infinitea is perfect during the weekdays. You can choose a comfortable corner and have a nice long chat over a pot of tea and momos. And oh! I forgot to tell you how the pot of tea is served!
The waiter comes to your table with a glass pot of hot water, and a small container of tea leaves. He sets the pot on the table, drops the leaves in it, stirs it and closes the lid. Then he produces with a flourish, an adorable hourglass, which he proceeds to turn and place on the table. You just have to wait until all the sand finishes flowing – and then you can proceed to strain your tea, using a convenient little tea-strainer, and pour it into your little white cup. No milk, no sugar. Just plain, fragrant, delicious tea. Take the fragrance in, and put your lips to the cup, and get transported to heaven.
If this sounds interesting, call +91 80 51148810, or just hop over to #2, Shah Sultan Complex, Cunningham Road, Bangalore.
And don’t forget to tell me how you liked it!