Destination Tea: Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party

Where:  Candler Park, GA
Style:  Eclectic Book Nook
Tea Selection:  75+ loose leaf teas
Teatimes:  Tuesday-Friday 3-5:30; Saturday-Sunday 12-5:30
Reservations:  24-hour notice for high tea only
Contact:  www.drbombays.com/reservations; for parties of 8 or more – events@drbombays.com; 404-474-1402
Cost:  $20 The Caroline Tea$17.50 High Tea$15 The Ivan Tea; $10 Cream Tea – menus here
Destination Tea Tips:  Dr. Bombay’s is a great place to drop in for a spontaneous spot of tea because only their high tea requires advance reservation. You can pop in anytime and pick and choose your own tea and goodies for a DIY tea; or sample the Cream Tea or Ivan Tea (includes quiche) served all day; or from noon to 5:30, enjoy the Caroline Tea, which is an afternoon tea menu.Dr. Bombay's Exterior

Destination Tea Notes:  Dr. Bombay’s is a vibrant, cozy haven, reminiscent of a shop you might find in the wizarding world’s Diagon Alley. Ensconced amongst book-lined walls, paper lanterns and hanging origami, friends visit while others type away busily on laptops. The scene is lively without being loud. Not only do you feel part of the local community, you are part of a global community, simply by patronizing Dr. Bombay’s. Favorite words from their thank you card:  “Make Food. Serve Love…Thank you for being a part of this movement we call humanity.” As home to The Learning Tea, Dr. Bombay’s uses a portion of its proceeds to house and pay college tuition for female scholars in Darjeeling, India. YES! Oh, and their family recipe clotted cream is divine.

Mix-n-match china on a colorful tablecloth designate our high tea seating at one of Dr. Bombay's long communal tables.
Mix-n-match china on a colorful tablecloth designate our high tea seating at one of Dr. Bombay’s long communal tables.

Tea Service

Bright colors and Christmas china cup
Bright colors and Christmas china cup
Too many tempting and interesting teas! We finally settled on two of their exclusively blended "Vampyre Teas" - Jazilla (vanilla black with jasmine green tea "that could make you want to stomp around the city like a 16-story badass") and Sunrise Sinsation (white tea with lemon, ginger and ginseng). Smartly, we also later paired the perfectly refreshing and summery white cucumber mint with our dessert course.
Too many tempting and interesting teas! We finally settled on two of Dr. Bombay’s exclusive “Vampyre Tea” blends:   Jazilla (vanilla black with jasmine green tea “that could make you want to stomp around the city like a 16-story badass”) and Sunrise Sinsation (white tea with lemon, ginger and ginseng). We were grateful to our waitress for recommending the perfectly refreshing and summery white cucumber mint, which we paired with our dessert course.
One pot of tea per two guests; additional pots are $4.25 each.
One pot of tea per two guests; additional pots are $4.25 each

Scones and Spreads, Savories and Sweets

Giant coconut hibiscus scones were dense without being dry. A generous pot of clotted cream made with a family recipe was the showstopper.
Giant coconut hibiscus scones were dense without being dry. A generous pot of clotted cream made with a family recipe was the showstopper.
Housemade savories included cucumber butter and pimiento cheese (with a delicious kick) sandwiches, as well as a flavorful leek radish goat cheese quiche.
Housemade savories includes sandwiches of cucumber butter and pimiento cheese (with a delicious kick), as well as a flavorful leek radish goat cheese quiche.
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Our favorite of the desserts was the carrot cupcakes, which were accompanied by chocolate chip cookies, brownie bites and a mini scoop of green tea ice cream.
Books for sale to support The Learning Tea
$1 books for sale support The Learning Tea
Order at the counter for sandwiches, vegetarian dishes, scones, cakes, ice cream, tea or coffee
Order at the counter for sandwiches, vegetarian dishes, scones, cakes, ice cream, tea or coffee. Purchase tea packs sourced directly from Dr. Bombay’s Darjeeling partner.


The Caroline Tea (no reservation required)

Walk-ins order the Caroline Tea at the counter, where you select your tea and quiche.
Walk-ins order the Caroline Tea at the counter, where you select your tea and quiche.
Each guest gets a large pot of their favorite tea.
Each guest gets a large pot of her favorite tea.
Seating choices range from booths to long library tables, from armchair reading nooks to leather sofa.
Seating choices range from booths to long library tables, from armchair reading nooks to leather sofa, under an array of paper umbrellas, lanterns and lampshades.

leather couch beneath framed artwork at Dr. Bombay's

Tea Service

Our tea table at Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party
You are called to the counter to retrieve your tea tray.

Scones and Spreads, Savories and Sweets

Afternoon Tea spread at Dr. Bombay's in Candler Park
Pimiento cheese and egg salad sandwiches are served on soft baguette. The quiches (choice of potato or spinach-tomato) were very good. Chocolate chip scones are gargantuan, with a perfect crumb and served with Dr. Bombay’s homemade clotted cream. Desserts were a fabulous lavender-lemon cookie and brownie.
Loose leaf teas for sale at Dr. Bombay's in Candler Park
Loose leaf teas for sale
DestinationTea

Tea Voyageuse, discovering the world of afternoon tea, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

3 Comments

  1. I had such a blast at Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party! The atmosphere was funky and had such a great vibe. I really enjoyed the “Vampyre Tea” blends that we tried and the scrumptious sandwiches, quiche and various desserts. I would definitely go back to enjoy more “Vampyre Tea” and people watch.

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