So this is actually my dream… opening a tea shop akin to the lovely TPot at Fort Kochi. I can possibly sit at this place for hours on end, surrounded by kettles, pots, mugs, and memorabilia – all related to tea. And of course, a steaming cup of the brew in front of me to keep me company.
Somebody seems to have beaten me to it – which is just as well because it would have probably taken me a while to realise this particular dream. I am not too fast in the implementation department. So it’s been a long time coming, and it’s a welcome addition to the city’s beverage scene. After all, there’s a lot of options for coffee drinkers with Cafe Coffee Day, Barista, Costa Coffee and Cuppa, but what happens to us tea drinkers?
Well, tea lovers can rejoice – we have options now!
Chai Point: A friend lugged me to this compact, no frills chai place, which is designed more like a roadside tea shop, but with a little more shine. Everything looks fresh and clean. The kettles are large and shiney and the equipment all looks rather interesting.
They serve chai in the traditional glasses and you can opt for tea in any way you prefer – kadak, masala, lemon or kali – and enjoy it along with an egg puff or a quick snack. Chai Point has standing space and a few stools – at least the one I went to in Ulsoor. But it’s more of quick stand and enjoy your chai and move on kind of a joint. And price point is very reasonable – you can get your chai between Rs 10-20 bucks, which is quite reasonable. Chai Points are at around 9 different locations in the city.
In this interesting article, the founder and CEO Amuleek Singh talks about how the whole idea of Chai Point came about and gives an insight into the start-up story.
Chaipatty: I heard about this new place through friends and finally dropped in the other evening. It has a bit of a college hang out atmosphere – whether it’s the low “mudhas” (bamboo seats usually made in Assam), or the bamboo mats lying on the floor. The shop is very close to the main road – maybe also one reason why the music is kept so loud.
Chaipatty serves chai in traditional glasses and “kulhars”. And there’s a variety of tea to suit your taste and mood. There were also snacks like pakodas, momos, chicken sausages and nuggets and Maggi, which goes quite well with a cup of tea. We whiled away quite a few hours there and the owner, Chirag Yadav, was nice enough not to throw us out. The location works well for Chaipatty, it’s on the main road and it has a steady flow of customers, as we witnessed.
The store also wants to host activities and already has a corner dedicated to showcasing different products. So there’s jewellery, art, paintings, clutch purses and knick knacks you can browse through and pick up while waiting for your tea.
While the disadvantage is the noise from 100 feet road – it will be difficult to have a meeting here for example – the location also seems to be an advantage.
Tea prices start at Rs 50 and snacks are between Rs50-100. And there are also enough baked items to satisfy your sweet tooth.
28 thoughts on “Chai and conversations”
A welcome change from the environs of CCD and Barista!!
Lovely! Thanks, Anita, for sharing these with us 🙂
@Vyankatesh: Absolutely! And adds to the variety 🙂
@Sameer: Have you tried out any of them yet?
Are all these in Kochi??? Cant believe it. Kochi is progressing fast.
@Niranjan: This is in Bangalore, Kochi! TPot is the one at Kochi…
Oooh awesome, I’ve been looking forever for some options like these. Shall drop into one this weekend. Thanks a ton 🙂
@Shub: Let me know if you like it! 🙂
want to know about chaipoint
Oh! Wow! its in banga… Although i love Coffee, I would love to check out this place smetime… where is it located?…!!
Thanks 4 sharing…!! Xo
Thanks Anita.. I am glad i didn’t throw you guys out else you would have never mentioned about us 😉 Well please come again and this time your Kullad Chai’s on me 🙂
@Chirag: Definitely! Have already recommended it to friends and I’ll be back for my chai soon 🙂
Curious to know where exactly is Chai Point?
Coudn’t find the address in this article as well as the linked article 🙁
@malini: it’s on 100 feet road indiranagar, opposite food world/italia. it’s behind a bus stop!
Ah gr8 to know of chai joints…must try soon. I have always wondered on why so many coffee places but none with the traditional chai option. Glad someone has come out with this option now 🙂
Chai point, strange for me. I never happen to see anything like that… Thanks (for made me aware; there is so many things that escaped from my eyes).
Anita, Interesting Pick-Chaipatty. if u have by chance picked there business card y leaflet from Chaipatty, pls pass me there contacts. Thanks
Already in this business and having more then 30 cafes in and around Jammu city, but this concept has created curiosity in mind to now more about the concept. Can we arrange a meeting or talk on phone. My cell # is 09419189797.
Well done and Good wishes for future.
Inder Pal Singh
I represent Chaipatty & can be reached on +919900182596. You can also mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org !
i like it bangalore
bangalore is abest city
You guys should try TRUPTEA also. Its amazing. Its located right outside Home Town (near Innovative Multiplex) in Marathalli. Lovely teas and awesome food at a very reasonable price.
I had heard that they also serve green tea and jasmine tea and all those fancy concoctions too. Or was that some other Chai enterpreneur.
I think u can still have ur boutique cafe – if not a chain. And also blog from there 🙂
Its nice to find passionate Tea lovers. Well i am a tea planters son looking after our Tea Estate now in Assam. Our gardens name is “DEHA TEA ESTATE”. We manufacture Certified Organic Black CTC Teas. Please visit our website for more details.
Thanks for visiting Varun. Checked out the website – it’s great that you’re able to continue a family tradition. Will definitely make a visit if I’m going to Dibrugarh!
Sure Anita.. It would be a pleasure to welcome u at our estate
Quite interesting !
I also had the same thought a few days earlier wondering why are there so many coffee shops but nothing much for people like me who would always prefer to have a cup of well brewed tea.
There is a place called Chaayos in Gurgaon which will add to your list .