Where: Atlanta, Georgia Style: Irani Cafe Tea Selection: House brewed Masala Chai Teatimes: Monday to Friday, 3 to 5 Reservations: Walk-ins welcome Contact: 404-225-8963 Cost: $6.95 Irani Tea for Two; $3.95 Chai for One Destination Tea Tip: Park at Ponce City Market and look for Botiwalla in the ground floor food hall.
Destination Tea Notes: Inside Ponce City Market, Meherwan and Molly Irani invite you to transport yourself across the globe when you step into their Botiwalla cafe. One of five acclaimed Indian street food restaurants they run in Atlanta and Charlotte, Botiwalla is a love letter to Meherwan’s heritage. Originally from Ahmednagar, India, and descended from Parsi immigrants from Persia, he celebrates the blending of Indian and Parsi cuisine and culture in Botiwalla’s menu and decor. Therefore, one should not expect a traditional British afternoon tea service here, rather a welcome tea break during your shopping outing, the star of which is an authentic, house-brewed hot chai. Chef Meherwan’s grandfather may have offered a similar tea service at his Irani Cafe in India, to cater to British colonialists. Indeed, it is because of British influence that the millennia-old Indian beverage made with water and Ayurvedic spices ultimately had tea, sugar and milk added to it, to become the traditional chai we drink today.