TAKEN TO TEA
APASSION FOR TEA led wedding photographer Vikas Reddy, 25, to launch his tea cafe, Chai Kahani in 2016, beginning with a small kiosk. “The city was brimming with cafes that focused mostly on coffee. I wanted to open a place that specialises in tea so that more people in the city are introduced to the lesser known varieties,” says Reddy, as he gets ready to open the sixth branch of Chai Kahani.
“Karo chai pe charcha,” says his website and his cafes are actually perfect for that—exclusive and fuss-free, with a certain earthy appeal. Bring along a book or a date for a unique tea experience here. “Why should couples go out only on coffee dates. There's much to bond over a fragrant cup of chai,” he says. Other than a variety of Indian teas, including cinnamon and almond, there's a selection of more than 18 varieties sourced from China. Besides popular flavours such as jasmine and peppermint, you can find the unique coffee bean tea which is brewed with a subtle coffee hint.
The Indian chai is served with Indian snacks like idlis and dosas, while the herbal varieties and iced teas are paired with waffles and pancakes, “for that desi and videshi distinction,” says Reddy.
Vikas Reddy, owner, Chai Kahani Price for two `400 plus taxes At Fifth Avenue, Sainikpuri Details chaikahani.com