Those were the days my friend: Tea Centre, Churchgate, Mumbai

I went to the Tea Centre for the first time recently after the new management took over. Here's what I saw:

  • The overall look is the same. It still has this old Calcutta Club look. Very non Bombay.
  • The walls have been painted, the cobwebs and peeling paint have gone, the bells on the table are still there but seem newer, the bathrooms have got a makeover and seem less like the Churchgate station loos and there are cheerful posters instead of the earlier Government ministry like pictures of tea gardens
  • The range of ice teas have been drastically reduced. Apparently because they 'take more time'. The innovative ice tea cocktails have been replaced by synthetic, sugary, ice teas. A big thumbs down
  • A couple of us tries the honey apple butter tea. It was lovely. But I don't think it was as cloudy earlier
  • The dishes were quite good though the service was as slow as ever. We were told that continental dishes take more time than Indian dishes. A good thing to remember in the future. But the wait was worth it as Chicken Roller (sic), Thai curry, Shepherd's pie found favour with the foodies at our table
  • The scones are still there though they seemed a bit crusty. One of our lunchmates who has grown up in England said that the original scones are fluffier and larger
  • A lot of the staff are the same - though the white liveried uniforms have been replaced by a boring black with no turbans

Some of the pluses remain - quaint setting, reasonable prices, a mix of continental and Indian which helps when you are in a large group as we were.

But something was missing for me. Would I recommend it? Yes. Would I rhapsodise about it again? No!

Comments

Kashinath said…
How come no pictures???....Any post without a picture looks really dry
Samil said…
Dear kalyan,

Please guide me to the exact coordinates of the Tea centre, with reference from The ambassador hotel.

On your comment on my post on Bangkok regarding your advise on Cabbages and condoms. I did walk pass it when i was in Bangkok in 2006, in the Sukhumvit area. It did strike me as quirky named place. I thought it would be the hooters or TGIF kind of place rather than Thai food will check it out next time their,
warm regards,
Samil Malhotra
soldier of fortune
www.samilm.blogspot.com
The knife said…
Hey kashi, I'd already done a formal review of Tea Centre with pics. I went there this time with my group to treat them for my birthday so didn't take the camera
Hi Samil, Tea Centre is down the road from Ambassador to Churchgate at Resham Bhavan. Two minutes walk.

We went to C&C in 05. Luckily someone had strongly recommended it. Quirky decor, nice ambience, food was great too. Here's something I'd written about it http://finelychopped-k.blogspot.com/2008/03/siamese-treats.html
The knife said…
Hey kashi, I'd already done a formal review of Tea Centre with pics. I went there this time with my group to treat them for my birthday so didn't take the camera
Hi Samil, Tea Centre is down the road from Ambassador to Churchgate at Resham Bhavan. Two minutes walk.

We went to C&C in 05. Luckily someone had strongly recommended it. Quirky decor, nice ambience, food was great too. Here's something I'd written about it http://finelychopped-k.blogspot.com/2008/03/siamese-treats.html
Gaurav said…
K,

i made it out to the tea center too last week, sandwiched between you and lulu prolly.

here it is http://eatingoutinbombay.blogspot.com/2009/03/tea-centre.html
k said…
I think it's pretty good and the only place that serves yummy scones.