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Lloyds Tea House













What is so special about another coffee shop in Chennai? So what if it has more teas than coffee? Ultimately all of them have sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, grilled stuff and some drinks! Why then should people I know talk at length about a new tea shop? What made a guy go there 5 times in 10 days? I had to find out and luckily, I was part of an invited group of 15 people to try out their food!

So, obviously in a tea house, we needed to test the teas. They were sad! I am even posting a few photos depicting the reaction of some of the members to the tea (those photos were shot with their permission). The equipment was fancy et all, but the teas were not! Sorry, I have had better teas.





And then we waited..................and waited..............and waited. To be fair to them, the place was packed and the paying guests were obviously their first priority. We noticed that even they were made to wait as, clearly, the owners were not ready for this! And then they dished out items one by one and I don't remember the last time I could not decide which dish to post on the blog (the photo, I mean). Each AND every one of the dishes were outstanding!

There was a prawn in some sauce that disappeared as soon (though it arrived late) as it came. Then came a risotto - I am not a big fan of risotto, I call it the Italian Bisi Bela Bath, but this one here left me wanting more! Among all the dishes, the best dish of the day was the smoked chicken sandwich - amazing would be an understatement. Three pizzas came and all three were excellent - remember they are not the pizzeria type pizzas, but the coffee shop type pizzas!  There was something called the Zuchini dream - it was vegetarian and still disappeared from the carnivore table - it was not outstanding, but we were hungry.




Desserts - my, oh my! Nothing was exotic, but everything tasted good. The white chocolate mocha cake was slurp, there was this chocolate layered stuff that was slurp and the mint creme brulee, which was, yes, slurp. The red velvet cake was BAD and the only one that was bad. It wasn't ok, it was bad! You could taste the flour!!!! Sorry, I don't know the name of the desserts, but they are on display, so........

There was more good than bad and if this is how it is going to be, this is going to be one hell of a coffee shop, sorry tea shop!!! The ambiance is confused, though! There is one small area with couches and the rest of the space is set like a restaurant  - not cool! I would have loved this place to have a more relaxed ambiance, especially with the kind of food they are serving. The one place which has the couches also has a few book, you can bring your own books, but since it is one table with many couches, they might not like it if you are on your own!!! A few more couches and this place would rock!

I am not rating it as yet, as I would like to try it out on my own, but from the first look, it could get 4/5 fro me.

Llyods Tea House is located on Llyods road, a few buildings away from Coffee Day. When you go towards Mount Road from Coffee Day Royapettah, you will find this on your left, opp, Nilgris Supermarket.

Models - Fazil Badrudeen, Sri Hari Nambiar

33 comments:

  1. Lovely post, this is the 1st time am seeing people photos..

    Zuchhini fantasy, it was not bad and yes as you mention, we were hungry :)

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  2. Thanks Aarti.....Yeah, some posts are better with people in it!

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  3. I will always revisit .

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  4. What a place . The star bucks of tea !

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  5. Disagree with review. Clearly the critic has never travelled abroad and has no idea of a cafe in Europe . The critic refers to the place as a tea shop, which is a clear indication that of lack of exposure .

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  6. A one of a kind place . Wish we had more of these in Nama chennai

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  7. Love you lloyds ! Had he best time here today !

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  8. I asked my macha - how is it . Macha said - soooper

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  9. Agree with macha

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  10. Macha Kafi sama boar da. From today tea only macha

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  11. Was here last week. I am keen to discuss with the owners to open a franchise . Chennai foodie you have the owners contact details ?

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  12. Love the ice tea

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  13. Awesum place....the writer of the post has no knowledge....llyods rocks!!!!!

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  14. Great food . What ambiance . 5 on 5 place

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  15. Good service and place to relax . If you are a cow boy like the writer then it's definitely the wrong place

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  16. Deserts are divine

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  17. How can a place have 30 great reviews and one like this . Statistically insignificant review

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  18. I totally disagree wid the post...it's crap. I've been to the place Nd it's awesum.....altogether a new concept.....Dan the usual coffee shops.... The tea house has been inspired by the English style of tea drinking nd thus it's ambience depicts the same.....the food is also lovely along Wid the vast selection of teas nd mouth watering desserts......the best place to hang around wid frnds nd family..... The tea house has enhanced the experience to tea drinking....
    5/5 frm my side

    Llyods tea house rocks!!!!!!!

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  19. To the critics- bandar kya Jane adrak ka swaad....lol.....
    Llyods keep up the gud work

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  20. Biased review. First time disappointed with this website .

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  21. I am the owner of a very reputed food chain in chennai . I think we need to form a federation of chennai restaurants and accredit websites that are true reviewers of food . We can't have ammatures reviews of such nature . We were keen on having chennai foodie over but have reconsidered our decision on the basis of this unrealistic review.

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  22. My children like the food here .

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  23. Photos look good n visit sure soon

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  24. Good pace in center of city

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  25. Is home delivery option available ?

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  26. Is possible to get contact phone number ?

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  27. Pictures look different

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  28. Halo location details provide

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  29. Dear anonymous owner of a reputed food chain

    If you spend more time reading the post than spamming it with comments, you might have read that I have given it a 4/5 which most people would consider 'excellent'. To get 5/5, sorry, my standards are different from yours.

    If you think that just because you invite me, I need to give you 5/5, there are others.

    Thanks!

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  30. Well said Chennai Foodie!! That anonymous comment probably came from the owner of a restaurant that gets no patrons.Can easily see the frustration in his comment. Loser!

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  31. This is the most shittiest tea kadai I've been too. Who will drink tea for 120 rubai?

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