Tossdown had the most exquisite and unique experience at Islamabad’s very own Chaaye Khana (tea-house), some days back. As the name “tea-house” suggests, the menu is bombarded with hundreds of flavors of tea with only a few carefully selected delectable savories. On our previous visit we only managed to get hold of the cafe’ details all the while saying to ourselves; “hmmm nice place, we should have it on tossdown”. So this time when our tossdown team was in Islamabad, Chaaye khana was an obvious destination after a hearty lunch.
The first thing to notice when you enter is the aesthetic mounting of tea canisters on the wall – ‘nicely done’. The place also had a library of sorts and an interior separated by a semi circled book case that has seating on either side. We sat in the only place available at the corner infront of an English fireplace. It made us wonder if that fireplace actually worked or not. The mystery casually revealed itself when we caught sight of the slightly emerging black tar on wall. Imagine coming here in winter, faces aglow with the warm hue of the fireplace and sipping delicious tea. Great, another excuse for a future visit!
Getting down to business, we asked the courteous waiter to help us with the order and he confirmed Roasty Almond and Mint & Lemon was a good way to start. Even the most exquisite tea is incomplete without some goodies or dessert to munch on. So we ordered a Walnut Toffee, again highly recommended by the waiter and proclaimed as the best dessert on the menu *thumbs up*.
While our camera left no nook or corner of the cafe’ unexplored, the aromatic aroma of the tea house simply took our breath away. Never before was sipping tea in the afternoon such a royal experience! The tea arrived in the most contemporary and beautiful kettle we had ever seen. A kettle like that would make you want to have tea all day long..no exaggeration! Really impressive.
Roasty Almond was pink and the mint was obviously green. We poured our respective kettles and assured each other about the greatness of this tea. Beautiful flavor and gorgeous fragrance. And yes the walnut dessert was one of the best desserts we have had during our dessert hunting across cities.
To sum it up, Chaaye Khana has a great ambiance, amazing tea & goodies, and is good on the pocket as well. This place is a ‘must-go’ if you are visiting Islamabad and if you are already a faithful Isloo resident and still have not been here, you need to seriously consider changing cities.