Time for a tea break

Time for a tea break

Winter is here; December is here; Christmas is here! What better way to welcome the season than to  sink into a plush sofa, listen to some soothing melodies and cradle a hot cup of aromatic tea in your hands!

If this sounds  as heavenly to you as it does to us, waste no time and head to 'Infinitea' on Cunningham Road (they have a branch in Indiranagar too). The first-of-its-kind  chain of tea rooms and stores, this  unique retail-restaurant concept has an objective of introducing people to the best of teas.  

The  decor is the first thing that strikes you when you walk in. A vintage appeal has been given to the place with old-fashioned fans and solid wooden furniture.  A bunch of framed pictures and posters and tea packets in a shelf add to the serene feel. There's even a  tea moment from Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland'.

Coming the food, the new winter menu is sure to warm the hearts of even the most hardened of foodies.  The best of the culinary heritage of myriad countries makes its way to your plate, courtesy the lineup of dishes specially curated by  Gaurav Saria, chef patron and tea master at 'Infinitea'.

"For the cold season, I have introduced hearty and nutritious soups like 'French Onion' and 'Italian minestrone'. Both are classic comfort foods and serve as a wholesome meal by themselves," he says.

Next on the menu is an array of salads which tease your tastebuds with a combination of fresh and crunchy ingredients. The 'Green papaya and raw mango' is a good option for those who are fond of a strong 'peanutty' taste.  

The lovers of Arabic cuisine  can choose from snacks like 'Hummus', 'Falafel', 'Pita', 'Tabbouleh' and 'Tahini'. The soft warmth of the bread is  complemented by the keen flavours of the dips, of which there is a good variety. Special shoutout to the in-house ingredients which ensure that the food retains its fresh and authentic taste.

Tea time favourites like 'Cheese and jalapeno samosas' and 'Herbed potato wedges' make their presence felt on the menu along with the classic 'Risotto'. Burma comes calling with 'KhowSuey' which is a mild coconut curry with your choice of toppings, proteins and carbs, so you can create your dish a million different ways, right there on your table. Chicken and seafood options galore so non-vegetarians can try out a range of dishes without worrying about wastage as the portions are just right.  

With a name like 'Infinitea', it would be blasphemy to  not talk  about their beverages. The place is rightfully famous for its line of teas which ranges from the quintessential 'milky chai' to  'Passionfruit iced tea' and the silvery white tea.

Make sure you have enough room to try their delicious paired desserts which combines a sweet delicacy with a complementing tea. The 'Chocolate coffee ganache tart and Darjeeling gold oolong tea' is highly recommended. The coffee crust topped with hazelnut  praline and creme chantilly finds the perfect match in a full  bodied oolong.  They also have an  artisanal bakery where they make gourmet breads daily, both for in the tea room and  for sale.

'Infinitea' is located in  Shah Sultan Complex, Cunningham Road.  

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