Instead of the usual happening places like Goa and Mumbai, I decided to spend my new years in Jaipur. Popularly known as the Pink City. Even though I have visited this city 4-5 times earlier, I decided to make Zomato my food guide. There was this one café, called Tapri Central which struck my attention. Since it had an outstanding rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. Being higher than ever five-star restaurants such as Peshawari, located in the posh Maurya Sheraton.
Visiting this place, there were a couple of things which made me realize why it deserves such a high rating. This is one place where you will always be greeted by a minimum 15-20 minutes waiting. As it is jam-packed throughout the day. The credit can be given to its simple, yet elaborate menu. It obviously focuses on tea, giving you a variety of flavors to choose from. For instance, Darjeeling tea, black tea and season special to name a few. Out of which the masala tea is a must have. The best thing about this café is that even though the menu is so ordinary, yet they have the skills to make it taste out of the world. They serve different kinds of Maggie and I had ordered the Tadka Maggie. It was a delicious combination of perfectly cooked Maggie, with tomatoes, chopped and burnt onions. This place makes you feel warm and comfortable. It is ideal to go to when you want to give your taste buds a change from the usual heavy meals.
It has both indoor and outdoor seating. Each has its own charm. It’s worth a mention, that the outdoor one gives you a beautiful view of the entire city. Since this place serves food which can be consumed at anytime of the day, it is always flooded by hungry guests. Just like the food even the crockery is ordinary. Water is served in lotas and tea in brass pots and small glasses. It can be said that Tapri keeps it simple, yet stands out amongst the crowd. It is an amazing beginning to the café culture, which was earlier restricted to only metropolitan cities.
The cutest of all were its merchandise. They sold a box of six tea cups, at an amazing price of Rs530 only. All the cups were white from outside and painted by different colors inside.
When you visit Jaipur next, do stop by here for some amazing chai aur naasta!
*Value for money- 4/5