Till recently, there were hardly any cafes in any part of our country, with the eternal chai as the focal point, except of course, the unassuming roadside “cutting chai stalls” which are dime a dozen. And it almost makes me wonder why, in a pre-dominantly tea drinking nation such as ours(ORG-India Tea Consumption Study,2012 says 83 per cent households in India consume tea), we seldom focus on a beverage which is so widely consumed, and is very much a part of the Indian culture and heritage.
Tapri, which means a makeshift roadside tea-stall, is a recent entrant in this space in Jaipur and is a cafe almost true to its name, in concept as well as spirit. The decor is bang-on, vibrant and very innovative, right from the menu which looks like a “sarkari file” to kettles and cutting chai glasses used to decorate the walls, and the typical big glass jars to store biscuits and cookies.
The best thing about the cafe is the big open terrace sitting – just the type of place one would want to hang out with friends, on a lazy winter Sunday afternoon, which steaming hot chai and lots of conversation. The place seemed to be quite a hit with locals, and was completely packed.
The menu is a mish-mash of almost everything you can imagine, and the variety gets slightly overwhelming to browse through. I would recommend trying the street food options such as Gol Gappas (puchke), Paranthas, Maska bun, multiple varieties of Maggi, Vada pao, Samosa, Bhel puri, Chaat, the Mumbai sandwich, Pakode etc. Where it gets confusing is when the menu deviates from the chai stall concept, and offers pancakes, bakes and sautéed dishes, Panini, pasta, pizza etc. Try if you must but don’t go expecting high quality restaurant fare – and you won’t be disappointed.
he one thing that I was thoroughly impressed with, was the multiple varieties of teas such as Assam Black, Nilgiri Black, Earl grey, English Breakfast, Chinese, Japanese or Organic Green teas, handcrafted blooming teas, herbal teas, and of course the cutting and masala chai, aptly served in glasses accompanied with Parle G. You can also get varieties of iced-teas, juices, shakes and coffee.
My final recommendation –
Visit Tapri for the ambiance (especially in winters), the wonderful variety of teas and plenty of street food choices to go along with it. There is nothing exceptional about the food, but it is a nice relaxed setting and a good option in Jaipur for an “in-between meals snack”.
There are 2 Tapri outlets in Jaipur, the one on C-Scheme has the outdoor rooftop cafe (picture above).
Outlet 1: B-4E, 3rd floor, Opposite Central Park, Prithviraj Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur
Phone: 0141 514 4477
Hours: 7:30 am – 10:30 pm
Outlet 2: 43 Everest Colony, Near Punjab National Bank lane, Tonk Road, Jaipur
Phone: 0141 410 1712
Hours: 8:00 am – 8:30 pm
For my first post on organic eats at Anokhi Cafe, click here.