For the unaware, I was in Ahmedabad a few weeks ago to celebrate Uttarayan. It was my first time celebrating Uttarayan in Ahmedabad after a decade. During the trip, I stayed in Ahmedabad for a week where I worked from home and cafés.
One such place that I spent an afternoon at was the Wagh Bakri Tea Lounge. Being the chai lover that I am, I thought to spend an afternoon working and meeting friends here. So this post is going to be my review of Wagh Bakri Tea Lounge, Ahmedabad.
Wagh Bakri Tea Lounge Review
Wagh Bakri is a very popular tea brand in Gujarat. While the brand has evolved a lot over the years, I still have a vivid memory of its characteristic orange packaging.
The concept of the team lounge is quite similar to the Taj Mahal Tea House in Bandra which I visited during my last trip to Bombay. And from what I learned about it from Google, it seemed like a good place to spend an afternoon working, meeting friends, sipping chai, and relishing some finger food.
Location & Ambience
Wagh Bakri Tea Lounge is located in Navrangpura, near the university. This isn’t the only cafe/eatery in the vicinity. Being close to the university, the area has a lot of food joints mostly thronged by students. Locating the outlet isn’t difficult, thanks to the large board with eye-catching color and font.
On the inside, it’s a very classy ambiance at first look. Nicely done interiors with subtle wall paints. The walls depict the story of Wagh Bakri as a brand and the genesis of the tea lounge. There are different seating options in the rather small cafe. The chairs are decent and comfortable for hours of working.
For workaholics like me, they have charging points on the walls. There are huge window panes that ensure there’s ample light coming in. There’s also a clean washroom inside which makes it even more likable for people who want to work from the cafe. Overall, it’s a decent setup, whether to work, meet people or simply sip hot chai while reading a book.
Chai and Food
Since I was under the weather and was going to spend a few hours, my focus was on chai and not Iced tea or anything cold. The menu is pretty nice and includes a variety of chai, and tea, both hot and cold along with an assortment of finger food and sides.
All the chais are available as single or double serve. I started my work with their classic Masala Chai. The quantity was too much and was served with a piece of Khakhara. The chai was piping hot and the masala was on point. I wish it had been more kadak though. I also tried ginger chai and was glad to see them using fresh ginger.
Coming to the food, we did try a couple of sandwiches and cheese strips. The corn spinach sandwich was nice and was loaded. The cheese strips are apparently a popular dish here and I thought to give it a try too. It did turn out to be a good decision. While it was just cheese and bread, it just tasted so good. I would have surely loved to try some more items. But since I was going to be visiting other places, I couldn’t.
Final Verdict: Good place to work & have good chai
Wagh Bakri is known for its chai and you know they cannot go wrong with it. The afternoon I spent at Wagh Bakri Tea Lounge here in Ahmedabad was pretty good. I liked the classy yet simple setup. The chai is on point (I hope they can customize it to be more kadak) and the accompanying food is not bad either.
The prices might look a little on the higher side, but the whole package seems fair enough. I mean instead of sipping a ₹300 coffee and working, it’s better to have this ₹125 chai and spend a few hours. I paid about ₹700 for two that had a chai, hot chocolate & sandwiches.
Overall, I quite liked my time at Wagh Bakri Tea Lounge. If I’m ever back in the city again, I wouldn’t mind visiting here again. So that’s about it for this blog post, let me know your thoughts. Are you a chai lover? Let me know in the comments below, tweet to me at @Atulmaharaj, DM on Instagram or Get In Touch.