“Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.”
– C. S Lewis
Book cafes are a match made in heaven for a foodie bookworm like me. Being too fond of book aesthetic, the cosy Oxford Bookstores outlet in Park Street is my favourite getaway from the realities of the world. What makes it more heartwarming is Cha Bar, its cafeteria. Bustling with discussions by the Gen-Y, it is witness to the fact that the love for reading in this city is not lost yet.
Known for its great food quality and affordable price range, Cha Bar has recently launched the bubble tea and milkshake in their Kolkata outlet.
We were invited on the 5th of May for a food tasting session at the cafe.
Bubble Tea and Milkshake:
Bubble tea is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in Taiwan and Taichung in the 1980s. Most bubble tea recipes contain a tea base mixed with fruit or milk, to which chewy tapioca balls (known as bubbles, pearls, or boba) and fruit jelly are often added. Ice-blended versions are usually mixed with fruit or syrup, resulting in a slushy consistency. There are many varieties of the drink with a wide range of ingredients with some ingredients being mango, taro, coconut, and peach.
Already a favourite among the crowd at Cha Bar, the bubble tea and milkshake is based on the Taiwanese drink but with a twist. The bubbles or pearls inside the drink infuses a taste of natural fruit as it pops inside your mouth making it stand out from other milkshakes or iced teas.
With its sharp and tangy taste, I can’t help but admire how gorgeous this iced bubble tea looks.
After this, we tried the two things that can never go wrong at Cha Bar:
Fish and Chips:
Being a fan of non-veg snacks, the fillets of fish fried with wheat and served with crispy chips was my favourite take from the day. The speciality of this dish lies in its simplicity.
Chocolate Truffle Cake With Vanilla Ice-cream:
Sometimes I wonder why dessert platters even have options other than chocolate. I, for one, fail to look beyond chocolate when it comes to desserts. Hence,very naturally, this sinful delight which goes by the name of chocolate truffle cake was a treat to both my eyes as well as taste buds. With thick chocolate in every layer, you’ll need to dig your spoon really deep to get a bite of the whole pastry. The solid piece of carved white chocolate on the top is both a visual as well as gastronomic delight and adds more sweetness to the dessert. No wonder this is among the most popular dishes at Cha Bar!
This small bustling cafe brewing in the warmth of books really won my heart. Do drop by if you’re around Park Street. Also, let me know about your favourite book cafes in town.
Photographs by Arunopal Banerjee