Mummy's Day Out.... India Tea Centre, Churchgate

Folks have often written in asking for suggestions on where to go with their parents to eat out in Mumbai. The India Tea Centre at Resham Bhavan, Churchgate, is a good bet. It's prim, proper, laid back, old school, has a good range of food, teas, lazy, languorous, cosy, stately yet warm.

We headed there when my Mom wanted to take Kainaz and me out for lunch. We reached there after doing the customary 'Bandra Worli Sea Link by day time' sightseeing drive.

It was a nice and wet afternoon and Kainaz ordered hot pakodas and bhajiyas for us. I had a tough time photographing these as K was very hungry and looked increasingly menacing at me as I asked her to smile. But soon the magic off the bhajiyas won her over. K could almost hear the sound of oil from Mamma frying piping hot Bhajiyas for her. This was from the days when K would wake up from her Saturday afternoon naps during weekend trips at Mamma's during school.

Some memories never become cold.

For the record the Karmakar women did leave a pakoda for me to have after I finished taking the photos.

K kept rooting for the honey butter apple tree and soon managed to get Mama K to forget her diet worries and take a few sips. K then focussed her attention on my black currant ice tea. The Karmakar women love their tea... hot or cold... Green or sweet.

Kainaz and I had some lovely dhansak for lunch. She went for the traditional mutton version. I had the cholesterol watchers option of chicken. The meat in both was stellar. The dhansak taste home made. Very fulfilling.

That's my 'happy and content face' by the way.

Mrs K recommended char grilled rawas for the senior Mrs K. A recommendation which was highly approved off.

Scones to top it off. Triangular shaped versus the usual cylinders. K was perplexed at the change. Had a bite. Approved and dug in for more. It tasted as great as always. Mama K too was tempted.

The ladies graciously left a bite for me. Do we see a pattern here?

I hardly had the energy or zest to get up from the comfortable chair at the end. The entire mood was drowsy and peaceful. It was Saturday afternoon after all. Thankfully The Great Salami (with apologies to the Majumdar brothers) was there to drive us home and the three of us snored in harmony on the way back.


Sharmila said…
Mmmm ... the post sounds comforting enough for a rainy afternoon. The contended look on all your faces speaks. :-)
I somehow find rawas a little strong in the smell dept. ... but love char grilled stuff ... so usually settle for the pomfret. :-)
Unknown said…
I love Kainaz's hot pink pants (or skirt)- very cute.
happy fork said…
how was the hot butter apple tea?
Kalyan Karmakar said…
@Sharmila; yes it was a an album moment :)

@Curry Spice: Harem or Arab pants

@Happy Fork...very good...check this out...from time of previous mgmt
Mumbai Diva said…
my hubby is a tea fan, and for some time he used to work in churchgate so i was introduced to tea centre by him. we are regulars there now. chilly cheese toast and tea on saturday afternoons. bliss. went to theobroma, bandra this sat looking for a similar experience, came away rather disappointed.
S said…
my parents are big fans of tea centre father loves the sauted mushrooms..they're amazing! (if you are a fan of mushrooms, that is...)
the best part of a meal at tea centre is that they are willing to customise their fare for, no mashed potatoes with the grilled fish, replace with vegatables...mashed potatoes instead of fries with the fried get the drift.
and of course, their hot teas are stellar...especially the kashmiri kahwa :)
glad you had a great saturday afternoon!
Scarlett said…
How come your 'happy & content face' isn't very different from your 'disgusted' face? :P
Kalyan Karmakar said…
@Scarlett: remimnds me of a strip in Mad with Elvis in various situations with the same facial expression
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