Tea Trails, Neelangarai

I'm a person who has equal liking for tea as well as coffee. While dining out, I prefer tea over coffee as nothing can wrong in making a simple tea. When this outlet at Ashok Nagar was receiving raving reviews I wanted to check it out. When I learnt that they are opening one more outlet in Neelangarai, which is closer to my place, thought of giving it a try first. One gloomy evening, went here. The place is quite spacious and bright. We got settled and made our first set of orders. A little later Shab Nam joined us and we added some more dishes to our order. We started off with Mumbai Masala sandwich for the kid, tea rubbed roasted chicken salad for me and a chicken keema pav. Mumbai masala sandwich was excellent. The usual ones I've had used to have boiled, sliced potatoes. But this one had potato masala along with fresh tomatoes and cucumber. Kiddo devoured it. Salad was fresh and yumm. With loads of veggies and a light vinaigrette the salad was crunchy and delicious. The roasted chicken had a beautiful mild taste of tea. Keema pav was so so. I felt the keema to be too dry.

Once we were done with the food, our tea arrived. Tea is served with a cookie, and a timer that helps us to keep a track on how long the tea should be brewed. I ordered the Red Zen Tisane. It was so refreshing with mild notes of apple and cinnamon. Kiddos Pudhina Chai was very good too. Shab ordered the Himalayan spice. Again a little bit dark flavoured tissane with mild notes of cinnamon.

And then we went for maska bun. Hot fruit bun drenched in generous amount of butter was just too good. Chicken pakoda was very poor. The masala coating tasted and smelled raw. Sunny side up served with toasts and butter was good. We went for another round of tea. The Smoky Chinese Lapsong was strong and totally refreshing. The orange spice had more of cinnamon flavour and very mild orange. The total bill was around 1400 for all these.

Made a second visit to this place within a week with husband. Their breakfast menu had poha in it and that was the bait I used on my husband :D Unfortunately they didn't have poha that day (even during our first visit). Settled for Mumbai masala sandwich based on the experience first time. But it was a disaster. Thick slices of potato instead of potato masala :( Onion pakoda was so so with the centre being undercooked. Chicken katti roll was very dry and the stuffing tasted more like the keema. Vada pav was average. Vada lacked salt and some punch to it. Omlette was pretty good but nothing to rave about. Almost all the dishes are served with the same mint chutney. The same miint chutney in sandwich, dip for pakoda, smeared in the vada pav. It was kinda boring. Ginger tea was very light and my Moroccan mint tea was okay. Paid around 1000 bucks for all these.

Service is friendly but very slow. And few things like serving ketchup along with the rolls/sandwich were done only on request. That too a sachet of ketchup was handed over to us and the staff was asking "Do you want me to cut it?". Oh come on. No thanks I always carry a knife/scissor with me. I'll do it myself :X

While the tea section is really good, they got to work on the food side. Food is just average and misses a wow factor.

Place       : Tea Trails
Location   : Neelangarai, ECR
Cuisine     : Tea and short eats
Cost         : A meal for two would cost around 600 approximately

P.S : The write up is based on personal experience only. Tea Trails Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Reader's Comments

  1. Thanks Vidhya. I wondered what's in the tea trail and this article gives me an idea.

  2. Thanks Vidhya. I wondered what's in the tea trail and this article gives me an idea.