Chaayos – 3 Point something
India has always been a country of tea lovers. Mornings or mid work breaks were incomplete without a chai. But along came westernisation and riding it came Coffee. With super aggressive marketing by brands like CCD and Barista, we forgot what we loved the most. Every youngster wanted a sip of Grande, Iced, Sugar-Free, Vanilla Latte with Soy Milk3 IIT students are revolutionising the hot beverage market with a huge variety of teas made to order. They are bringing back the classic, albiet in a new customised avatar.
|Raghav pouring tea|
Nitin Saluja founded Chaayos and gave the boring old indian tea a twist .Teas cannot be pumped with creams and syrups like coffee. They need a sense of balance of flavor to make a tea cocktail . The Hari Mirch Chai, Aam Papad and Rose chai are something to be talked about. With flavours arising from deep within, it is both a gustatory and an olfactory experience to behold. My personal favorite is their basic tea called “ SABKUCH “ which can be customized in 12,000 ways (talk about permutations and combinations). With introducing the idea of customization to chai, this brand is spreading like a fire and slowly but steadily getting people back to good old chai.
|Sabkuch ( Every ingredient ) chai|
|Aam Papad chai|
They also offer some desi coolers such as Modi nagar ki Shikanji with the earthy flavours of north India, the Rooh Afza shake which will bring back childhood memories and the Chiku shake which you would remind you of Mumbai.
They have recently opened their seventh outlet in Delhi NCR right in front of their Alma Mater, the bustling SDA market. With chai carriers as a wall hangings, they are seamlessly mixing the Modern India with the world outside Just like Starbucks, every glass has your name written on it. There are separate glasses for the hot and the cold drinks and instead of mugs, you get cutting chai glasses and Kulhars.The seating is comfortable and you can hangout with your friends for hours over a cup of tea.
Comfort food rules here. This is food you have had on a street, not some mind numbing tongue twisting dish from a Michelin starred chef. But head to head, their food scores a major point over all the Coffee joints. Few thing I would recommend you to have.
The Veg and Non Veg Croissant Sandwiches with a crispy bread on the outside and a smooth, creamy filling inside. Full of flavours, this would be ideal for a cold winter night. The Kadai Paneer Wrap is a spicy Punjabi classic wrapped in a roll. There are also some things you find more in a hostel rather than a street. The Maggie sandwich and the Maska Pao Bhujia are two of those. Also find some classics in the Kheema Pao, the Vada Pao and the Poha.
A brilliant concept which is bringing comfort food and an endless variety of Chai to the working professional. Coffee giants…. Beware
Just across IIT Delhi A true Indian concept created by IITians