Restaurant Review

Cha Bar @ Leela

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Tea drinking is an elaborate affair today.

I am ardent coffee drinker and am in love with anything coffee. An ex-colleague suggested we meet up at Cha Bar to catch up on some business initiatives we were trying to put in place. I walked into Leela Galleria and looked for the Cha Bar. Parked in the basement of Leela Galleria, it is seamlessly attached to the Oxford Bookstore hosting itself in a quiet corner. The book store houses a great variety of books and stationery.

The ambience of Cha Bar is contemporary with shades of white, black and silver. The mood is intantly set to pick up your favourite book and settle down in one corner with your favourite tea and something to bite along. They have an elaborate ten page menu (I think, maybe more) of different teas that you can choose from, one page for coffee and a section called Other drinks.

Funnily, I didn’t look at the coffee section. I was so amazed at the varities of tea and decided to order Earl Grey Tea.

Something caught my attention
in the adjoining table. The tea ordered by the lady in that table was served quite elaborately. Milk was served in a cow shaped vessel, along with a miniature strainer and a small bowl to keep the strainer!!! Talk about making that perfect cup of tea for yourself!!! Having said that, there are teas that you don’t need to prepare yourself, they come in glasses that have a “monkey” as the handle!

The short eats are nice but pricey. However, the tea is far cheaper than Infinitea on Cunningham Road.

If you love to experiment with your tea.. do give Cha Bar a shot!!!

Name: Cha Bar

Location: L1, Leela Galleria, The Leela Palace Kempinski, 23 Airport Road, Bangalore (08025211234)

Speciality: Exotic teas

Cost: >Rs 200 per person.

Verdict: The variety of short eats were limited, service was slow, however, one must definitely try out their wide range of teas. Cha Bar is a host to many book launch sessions and panel discussions which can be quite a pain since the entire cafe is occupied and they don’t serve anything that day.

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