As if I wasn’t done hunting for arty cafes in Goa, I land at Tea Villa Café in Mumbai which did not only satiate my hunger for arty places, but my thirst for fine tea as well. It was a totally random stop during a meetup with a friend. Rahul and I were contemplating whether to go to Starbucks or what, when Tea Villa Café caught my attention as we drove past it in Versova. As I unconsciously uttered ‘This Tea Villa Café looks beautiful’, Rahul took a u-turn and we found our way back to the elegant café.
It’s extremely beautiful on the outside, and equally pretty on the inside. The décor – done up with white looks so elegant. Since it was about sunset, warm rays found its way through the triangular vents on the white walls. The café is spread across two storeys and features brilliant white furniture which includes some really plush canopied chairs.
The menu – though varied, features over sixty varieties of teas which includes milk teas, black teas, herbal teas, flavoured teas and some exotic concoctions from over the world. They have a special breakfast menu, waffles, salads, soups, bagels, sandwiches and burgers. They also have a variety of Japanese, Thai, Italian and Labenese food to pick from.
A tea lover is definitely spoilt for choice at this quaint café. Though we were confused between Jasmine tea and lemon grass tea, on asking for recommendations we were told lemon grass was worth a try. While we got the neatly arranged tray, the refreshing whiff of the tea was enough to rejuvenate.
Up next were the delicious Nutella Belgian Waffle with ice cream. They were generously drizzled (read: bathed) in nutella, with some more nutella with the tub. Nutella lovers in Bombay, you can now rejoice – I found the perfect nutella delicacy. But hey, do you also love waffle? Then you’ll reach dessert heaven. David, I miss you. You should leave London and come back – we should go eat this when you’re back. You’ll love it!