5 Reviews / 7 Ratings
Tea and Treats
Friends of mine had mentioned this place, and I also knew they had a Tea making workshop couple of months ago. I drink tea, once a day, but now that has changed. I start the day with green tea and also have one more sometime during the day. And have also begun exploring the various brands and flavours available, the latest being Twinnings Mango, Orange & Cinnamon, thanks to a friend [she sent me a goodie basket for some help I did]. Without digressing further, when Nishanth mentioned the meet planned at Kettle, I instantly said "Aye aye cap'n" and looked forward to the evening. The only place that serves up a variety of tea in Chennai was Cha Bar, in Oxford Book store. Unfortunately they shut shop and we lost a nice cafe.Used to be among our favorite haunt. sigh!!
Tucked away on 10th Main Road in Anna Nagar, it is on the road next to RR Donnelley in Shanthi Colony [past Shree Mithai]. Located on the first floor, you need to climb up the stone staircase to reach the Tea house. The light, the colours and the space instantly catches your eye. It resembles a small house, with multiple rooms. As soon as you enter, on the right is where the cold stone ice creams are made, when you proceed further inside, you see the counter meant for Tea, displaying containers of varieties of Tea [20 in total], and a blender as well. There is seating in all the rooms, 2s, 4s or more. Apart from these 2, there is a room tucked away with sofas that can accommodate about 10-15 people. When the weather is pleasant, or during the evenings, you can enjoy a cup of tea sitting in the outdoor seating area. I wonder if the Metro work noise spills over here, might be a pain.
The room had pastel shades of the wall, and beige colour sofas with a huge center table. We were all packed around it, with a few floating in and out. The menu is quite extensive, not restricted to Tea alone. They serve a variety of Pastas, lasagne, sandwiches, desserts and cold stone ice creams. We were welcomed with the Black currant Tea- it was yumm, though a tad sweet for my liking. It was also the first time I tried the scones, they were interesting and I did like them, they were served alongside butter and jam.
The Tomato Basil soup was a hit among most of us, only suggestion was to use plain butter and not salted button on top. Next up were the salads, us vegetarians got a Sprout Salad - a good, healthy option/also a filling meal/snack. Suddenly i noticed a plate with neatly arranged triangle slices of mushroom on toast, followed by the the egg white omelette served with grilled tomatoes on ciabatta bread (looked more like a hot dog bun), these two were alright! In between the food, I ordered a cup of Chamomille tea that I really liked it especially with honey. Another sandwich we tried was the Pesto Paneer Sandwich - it was alright,I felt the paneer was chewy & dry , and so it was difficult to eat.
Wait, we were not done. There were a few non veg dishes that floated by, a chicken salad served with banana fritters. Another dish that came along was the Lasagne, which was quite delicious and the pasta stood its ground, but then the Curried Pasta, a Pasta that tasted like an Indian korma, something I've never had before came along making us wonder what was going on in the Chef's mind. It is good for those who like Indian masalas and flavours. I din't take a fancy to it!!
The sips of tea in between the bites was good, kept us all happy and feeling light.The only tea that was bleh was the Organic white tea- it dint have any taste, felt like I was drinking hot water. Wonder why?! A friend infact commented that it was her favorite and normally quite flavorful.
"Woah that looks good"- yes that is what came to my mind when I saw the desserts placed on the table. Some of the desserts were excellent. The Tiramisu was nice, I fell in love with the "Love for Strawberry Ice cream" served in a waffle cup and actually liked the Oreo ice cream as well. Oh, how can I forget the Carrot cup cake. The expresso brownie was also good, while the Pot de crème had a weird texture and was not a favorite among the lot. Hang on, I know there was one more dessert, ah yes- White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake, it was quite good. Few other teas that the group ordered were Masala Chai and Assam tea.
Overall, it is a fun place to hang out or hold a meeting at. Do visit, I am sure you will enjoy Kettle.
Quaint and worth it!
Kettle is definitely a place we would recommend you try any day, though you must go before 10 PM because they close early. Its a place where you can relax, sample some really interesting varieties of tea and food. Though when we went the entrance was dug up by the corporation for some repair work and there didnt seemed to be any car parking place available any where let that not put you off. The combo meal for two cost us only 599 inclusive of all taxes (offer that allows each person a starter, a sandwich or pasta and a tea or coffee. ), the service was fantastic and most importantly we had a wonderful time. I say, try it
A relatively new restaurant in Anna Nagar, Kettle has a surprise for you every time you visit. The menu of the place is quite extensive, offering starters with the likes of hash browns and nachos. The main course consists of pastas and burgers. One of the best on the list is Sloppy Joe, a burger with some real yummy minced chicken filling. They also serve very good shakes and smoothies, not to mention the cold stone ice creams. However, the highlight of the place is the variety of teas offered, true to its name! A treat for tea-lovers. Though I ended up with a bad choice that tasted like jeera seasoned hot water, the cutting chai is definitely a must try!
The setting and furniture of the place adds up to making it a nice quaint ambience for couples and friends.
I totally loved this place.. Me and my boyfriend went there.. It was kinda romantic and delicious food.. V LOVED d ice cream..it was super delicious.. licked it till d end.. n d wat they make it is amazin... N they ve a great variety of teas and their french fries are crazily delicious... d sandwiches r also gud..