Pop in to an is­land of tran­quil­lity in Long Street where it’s tea time all day long

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODMOTORING -

CARYN DOLLEY

STROLL down Long Street and you could be­come over­whelmed by the wide va­ri­ety of restau­rants, dazed by scores of brightly lit signs and bom­barded by count­less chalk­boards ad­ver­tis­ing cock­tails and shots on spe­cial.

Step into num­ber 213 and de­li­cious, aro­matic, waft­ing tran­quil­lity.

Lady Bonin’s Tea Bar is an un­ex­pected re­treat in the cen­tre of Cape Town’s bustling party hub. Cafe: Lady Bonin’s Tea Bar Ad­dress: 213 Long Street, Cape Town city cen­tre Con­tact num­ber: 021 447 1741 Op­er­at­ing hours: Week­days 8.30am to 4.30pm Dish eaten: Tumeric Golden Milk (medium) and an Aphrodite tea cake Price: R24 for the tea, R20 for the cake

Ready-made teas are or­dered to take away and there is a lit­tle court­yard where you can re­lax and sip.

A shelved wall dis­plays items to please the palate of any tea lover.Clear glass teapots are perched on some shelves.

On the wall op­po­site is a tan­ta­lis­ing menu – teas on tap in­clude Rooi­bos Choc Chilli Chai Latte, Pump­kin Chai Latte and Ho­jicha Black Sesame Seed Chino (ap­par­ently meant to pro­mote ra­di­ant skin).

These come in a medium or large cup and go for be­tween R18 and R34.

A va­ri­ety of lit­tle cakes and cook­ies are on of­fer. Think Rooi­bos Choc Chilli Chai brown­ies and Earl Grey Gin­ger cook­ies.

I set­tled on a medium cup of Tumeric Golden Milk, a com­bi­na­tion of tumeric, spices, co­conut milk and honey.

The won­der­fully yel­lowy-gold con­coc­tion is in­tended to be an im­mune booster.

To go with it, I or­dered an Aphrodite Tea Loaf. The Turmeric Golden Milk wasn’t sweet as I ex­pected – it was mel­low, yet spicy.

And it went per­fectly with the su­perbly moist, sweet, de­li­ciously spiced tea cake.

It was a match made in tea-in­fused heaven. I don’t need some­one to read my tea leaves to know I’ll be head­ing back to Lady Bonin’s.

PIC­TURE: CARYN DOLLEY

A cup of Tumeric Golden Milk and an Aphrodite tea cake are among treats at Lady Bonin’s Tea Bar, Long Street.

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