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Chai Bar Cafe, Andheri Kurla Road
Kadak Cutting Chai (Rs 6)
Located on the Andheri Kurla Road, Cafe Chai Bar is an in-house tea service that serves Mumbai’s famous Kadak Chai inside a corporate office. Currently, they offer services to places like Amway, Sodexho Pass, Yahoo.com and NMIMS among others. The tea is brewed the traditional way, slowly, and is made using high-quality tea leaves, fresh milk and ginger.
At: C13, Nandjyot Industrial Estate, Safed Pul, Andheri-Kurla Road.
Time: 11 am to 10 pm
Entry by: Sudhir Malhotra
Gopal Bhatt Tea Stall, Andheri (W)
Masala Cutting Chai (Rs 5)
Nearly 20 years ago, two brothers -- Gopal and Rup Bhatt -- arrived in Mumbai to make a living. They chose this spot to run a tea stall, and haven’t moved from there since then. The brothers are courteous to their customers, and welcome everyone with a smile. They use a special mixture of spices to make this tea, which rejuvenates tired souls who seek solace from a steaming cuppa.
At: Behind Janki Centre, D Salvi Marg, opposite New Ambivali CHS, Andheri (W).
Time: 11 am to 8 pm
Entry by: SA PILLAI
Ashok Patil Tea Stall, Crawford Market
Masala Chai (Rs 7)
Ashok Patil, a 20-year-old student, who lost his father during the 1992-1993 Mumbai riots, runs this tea stall. He runs this tea stall to fund his education and support his family. He also participates in the Mumbai Marathon, and hasn’t missed a single run since it started.
At: Near Crawford Market.
Entry by: Shadab Khan
Vishnu Chaiwala, Matunga
Masala Cutting Chai (Rs 5)
The chai is almost as good as the man who makes it. For years, he has armed local students with chai -- with a hint of cardamom. Students from Ruia, Podar and Welingkar admit his tea is the reason they attend college.
At: Parking Lot, near Ruia College, Matunga (Central).
Time: Not fixed (spotted during college breaks)
Call: Vishnu (9833635163)
Entry by: Ranjita Ganesan
Ashish Soni Tea Stall, Mahalaxmi
Elaichi Chai (Rs 12 for full)
This stall, located beside Famous Cinema at Mahalaxmi, is known for its Elaichi Chai (R12). Its 19-year-old owner Ashish Soni has introduced newer varieties of teas like Lemongrass Chai, Ginger Chai, Masala Chai and most recently, Mint Chai (each priced at R15), and prepares them with a secret recipe of milk, sugar and a mixture of spices that gives it a unique flavour. Ashish worked at the same stall as a kid and he took over as the full-time owner after his uncle passed away a few years ago.
At: Near Famous Cinema, Dr E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi.
Time: 5.30 am to 8.30 pm
Call: Ashish Soni (9167340493)
Entry by: Shyam C Gupta
Lucky Tea Stall, Kandivali
Special Cutting Chai (Rs 7)
This tea stall has been around for almost 13-14 years, and is run by 28-year-old Imran Khan. It is popular for its Special Cutting Chai that costs R7 only. People come all the way from Bandra and Borivali to drink their Special Cutting Chai, which is Prepared using a special tea powder, and a mix of elaichi and ginger.
At: Shop 1, opposite Poisar Madina Masjid, near Kandivali Telephone Exchange, SV Road, Poisar, Kandivali (W).
Time: 9 pm to 8 pm
Call: Imran Khan (867771043)
Entry by: Sonu Ansari
ChaiGaram -- movable kiosk
Mumbai Masala Chai (Rs 5)
This movable kiosk run by MVD Corporate Services Private Limited, serves tea in a kiosk in various corporate offices all over the city. They serve several customised teas. Their famous tea is the Mumbai Masala Chai, mildly spiced using a mix of spices, fresh milk and tea leaves.
At: Kiosks in corporate offices
Time: As per office working hours
Call: MVD Corporate Services Pvt Ltd (9819315578)
Entry by: Meghana Narsana
Anna’s Tea Stall, Parel
Ginger Chai (Rs 6)
Known for his unique blend of Ginger Chai, Ashok Pujari’s tea is revered among all the office goers in this side of Parel, as they gather for tea in the afternoon and evening.
At: Dr SS Rao Road, opposite Peninsula Park, Parel.
Time: 10 am to 8 pm
Owner: Ashok Pujari
Entry by: Rajesh
compilation: Hassan M Kamal
Jagatram Cycle Tea Vendor, Matunga Circle
Special Instant Chai (Rs 10)
Jagatram is a cycle tea vendor, who sells tea and coffee post-midnight in Matunga Circle. His Special Instant Chai, served using a hot mixture of milk, sugar and spices, and tea bags, is very popular among residents of Matunga, who roam the streets of this side of town in the night, especially for his tea. Jagatram supports his two sons, who are currently pursuing their college degrees through his tea business.
At: Matunga Circle, near Anand Bhavan.
Time: Post midnight
Entry by: Suresh KK
Paramount Cafe, Charni Road
Special Chai (Rs 16)
This restaurant, beside Charni Road’s famous juice house Bachelorr’s has devoted patrons. Many have been drinking tea at Paramount for years now. The sea view from the restaurant has changed, but the tea still tastes the same.
At: Opposite Mafatlal Swimming Club, next to Bachelorr’s Juice, near Charni Road Station (W), Girgaum.
Time: 11 am to 11 pm
Entry by: Mustaque Alam