It was time to catch up with fellow bloggers and what was more exiting was to learn about tea and coffee from the connoisseurs who have been in the business for half a century. The brand also completes five successful years in India, where again it has played the pioneer’s role in introducing the finest coffees and teas around the world to Indian coffee/ tea lovers.
As soon as we settled down Mr Zameer Ahamed, Asst Operational Manager at CBTL handed us the tea guide.The small handout was an encyclopedia in itself.Did you know that tea is categorized broadly under four categories depending on the steeping time - green tea, black tea,oolong tea,herbal and fruit infusions.Their long standing relationships with these estates allows them to continually offer the best tea and infusions.It was interesting to know that the tea leaves were not only hand picked but hand rolled too.During the steeping process the leaves unfurl releasing the flavor into the tea. Since Bangalore summer has been a little harsh I decided to try their "Peach Ice Tea". It was full body, fruity and super refreshing. My recommendation is when you are visiting this place make sure you get your hands on.
Much said about tea,I have to admit that their coffee is also incredible.
CBTL takes utmost care in choosing their coffee beans too.They follow a very stringent process in handpicking each and even coffee bean so as to give you the utmost quality. There are about 25 varieties of coffee and each being a masterpiece by itself.
We hovered over the place, sniffing tea leaves and coffee beans, bombarding questions in our quest to learn it all and clicking pictures. I was getting somewhat hungry ......... Photographing food can leave you hungry... that's true.Just in time came some fabulous dishes fresh from the kitchen. Seasonal Vegetable Lasagne, Spaghetti Roast Chicken with Pesto sauce, Chicken Sandwich to name a few ........ the dressing on the salad served with the sandwich was to die for.
So just to let you guys know ......... since CBTL is celebrating it's 50th year there are a lot of new stuff that they have introduced in their menu. So what are you waiting for ......... the next time you are there, make sure you drop in and check out the great stuff this place got to offer.
So here is my report card about the place on a scale of 10 (1 being the least and 10 being the most)
Cleanliness - 9
Staff Courtesy - 9
Pricing - 8
Food & Beverage Variety - 10 (Yah that's because I have not come across a more exhaustive menu in terms of tea and coffee)
Taste - 9 (Can't give a 10 as there is always scope of improvement :) )
Recommendation - YES ( A great place to hang out and unwind)
Where you can spot them
1 MG Road Mall, Opposite Taj Vivanta
Inorbit Mall - Whitefield
Phoenix Market City, Whitefield Road
Kormangala, 7th Block
DISCLAIMER: This is not a paid review. The opinion and remarks are my own.