The new tea boutique, The Red Kettle celebrates the best by giving in to life's grand passion - tea drinking.
India is the potboiler being the second largest producer of tea in the world after China and the largest consumer of the beverage using nearly 30 per cent of the world's tea output. India's love for chai is unparalleled, yet we have lost it to the mushrooming coffee culture. The Red Kettle is one-of-its-kind boutiques that aim to bring back the warmth and love that only tea promises. It is located at Saiyad Ul Ajaib Extension, Sainik Farms, in Delhi.
The ambience of The Red Kettle tea café is a mix of elegance, quirkiness, and is complemented with bright colours. Though the furniture and decorative items are minimal but placed in such a way that it gives a cosy look.
With over a wide array of more than 50 teas on its menu, The Red Kettle ensures that every cup of tea is 'a good cup'. Its Olive Leaf tea, for example, helps reduce cardiovascular risk by lowering the blood pressure, controlling type-2 Diabetes, supporting weight loss and eliminating free radicals. Tulsi Rhodendron blend, for another, is simply the best refreshing green tea in the market.
The consumers could select from the range of tea on the menu - angrezi chai, hari chai, sehatmand chai or fruity chai. For the health-conscious, there is power-slimming tea. Apart from the tea, there are Italian delicacies to gorge on.
The Red Kettle is the restaurant venture of Nida Khanam. She is a certified coach and IIM-C alumni. While speaking to Restaurant India, she says her 17-year experience as human resource professional is helping her understand the diverse cultures, mindsets and challenges faced by the consumers in the industry. It was a course of natural progression for an ardent tea lover like her. She aims to run The Red Kettle with as much passion as her earlier roles with a promise to make it easy and amazing for all the tea connoisseurs every sip up the way.
Speaking on the tea pairing Nida says, “I could have tea with every meal throughout the day! Besides, my personal choice with desi chai would be vada pao and sandwiches. At The Red Kettle, the most preferred tea is masala chai paired with all-time meals and bread.” “At The Red Kettle we have more than 50 teas; the herbal tea lovers prefer having it with pancakes, tea cakes and wraps,” she adds.
“We want to keep aroma and taste fresh so that our visitors can feel the authentic taste,” says Nida.
Nida plans to expand her restaurant business through the franchise model in the coming years. Yet, in the first few years, she will focus on Delhi NCR as the location for The Red Kettle.
Speaking about the tea trends in the restaurant industry, Nida told, “From online ventures to tea lounges - We are witnessing many new entrants in the market. This would, further, increase in the coming years. There are so many experiments happening around us which are interesting into this market with teas and flavours.”