“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change ” – Heraclitus
There is nothing permanent except change and I strongly believe in this theory. We should constantly evolve ourselves. This applies to behavior, products, processes, industry, and technology – everything in the world that exists! This is not being philosophical; this is about an experience at Shangri-la, where I went to review their tea Lounge, Mister Chai.
We all love visiting the lounges at five star hotels where during high tea they will serve the customary club sandwiches or ham/cheese sandwiches with dip tea. At times, I feel the concept of serving same old British era food needs innovation and it’s time to make your evening tea – interesting, spicy and with some excellent flavors in your tea.
Mister Chai exactly does the same. Welcome to the new age tea lounge where you will get your favorite masala chai that gets prepared in front of you and you will be served Indian rusk instead of biscoti.
Food at Mister Chai is simple Indian street food that has been picked up from different parts of country and presented and served in a modern and contemporary way that is visually very appealing. Executive Chef Neeraj Tyagi and his team have done brilliant job in designing a modern yet rustic menu for tea time. This definitely raises the bar and will be a benchmark in customer experience as well as expectations
The iconic bread of western india “Pav” which came through Portuguese in India is served here in three different ways. You can either have it with goan chorizo sausages (another iconic from western part of India) or with shikhampuri kebab or in a simple and tradition way – the vada Pav!. You also get a dropper which contains green chutney.
If you are a chaat lover, like every other indian, then you can have sweet potato chaat, steamed , sliced and tossed on pan served with chutney and micro greens. The famous palak patta chat is served with Kale which gives you a very balanced flavor. You can enjoy it as an appetizer or simply snack on it!
It is believed that Samosa was brought by traders from Middle East. It is now enjoyed in almost every part of our country with different fillings. Here you have option of simple Punjabi style, chilly cheesy or butter chicken as fillings (It tasted amazing!)
If we talk about street food, it’s impossible to miss food from Mumbai. Here, they have the famous bun maska that has eggs. Two of my favourite dishes from the menu – MTDC – twist to typical Mumbai sandwich, you will simply love it; laba fish fry sandwich – a typical koliwada style fish. This tasted divine!
You can’t miss the SPDP – a twist to the famous sev puri , served on a bed of delhi’s famous matra (White peas).
As this is a tea lounge, they have wide variety of tea including the famous masala tea served in a cutting cup ( not in glass but ceramic cups). They also serve wide varieties of coffee and shakes.
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Lobby Level, Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi,
19 Ashoka Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001
Opening Hours – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Covers: 50 seats
Average meal for two: Rs. 1,200 plus taxes
Phone Number: (91 11) 41191020
E-mail address: email@example.com