Sen­ti­men­tal­itea

India Today - - SIMPLY KOLKATA -

Started in 1927 and steeped in his­tory ( but now ren­o­vated), this iconic tea room has at­tained leg­endary sta­tus now. Started by the Flurys cou­ple, this café was where the who’s who of Kolkata bought their cakes from back in 30s and 40s. Now, run by The Park Group, it is still the best place to go to if you want to sit by the glass façade and watch the busy world go by on Park Street over a freshly brewed cuppa. Keep­ing up with the spirit of old is gold, it is one of those very rare places which brew their tea the old fash­ioned way, i. e., tea leaves in a tea pot in­stead of tea bags in cups.

From its bright pink and white awning to its high ceil­ing in­te­ri­ors with gleam­ing black ta­bles; from whirring brass fans pol­ished to a shine to shin­ing white and black floor— Flurys feels ever wel­com­ing. The world moves at a slower pace in­side. That maybe one of the rea­sons why the ser­vice isn’t quicker but that is some­thing Kolkata has learned to in­dulge.

CAF­FEINE FAC­TOR Vi­en­nese Cof­fee— a cup of espresso with thick light whipped cream, or an aro­matic Darjeeling tea are your best bets.

MUNCH THIS Fluffy stuffed omelettes, ‘ her­itage’ tea sand­wiches that have been on the menu since the 1930s and puffs and pas­tries make for a lip- smack­ing break­fast or tea snack. Be­tween 12 noon and 3.30 pm and 7.30 pm on­wards, it of­fers a sep­a­rate menu of heav­ier meals.

PEO­PLE WATCH Its cen­tral lo­ca­tion on Park Street makes it a big hit with the ex­pat pop­u­la­tion. Be­ing so close to the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict, it also sees its fair share of up­wardly pro­fes­sion­als and young­sters from col­leges and schools nearby.

IN­SIDER TIP Their Darjeeling tea is a spe­cial blend that is ap­par­ently “top se­cret”. AT 18, Park Street, Kolkata TEL 40007453

COST FOR TWO Rs 800

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