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Published April 18th 2015
'Five places in Sydney to enjoy Indian spiced tea'
Chai tea originating from the Indian subcontinent, and made by blending black tea and spices with condensed or sweetened milk is being increasingly consumed at cafes and coffee shops throughout Australia. Commonly referred to as Chai latte, it is more likely - as a healthier alternative - to be made with low-fat milk or soy and honey; some cafes also offer almond or rice milk.
Whichever is your serving preference, Sydney has a plethora of cafes where this tasty Indian import can be enjoyed; and as the season changes it is the ideal hot beverage for those cooler months ahead.
Here are five places across Sydney where your chai latte desires can be sated.
Perched on the corner of Blues Point Road and Princes Street in McMahons Point on the lower North Shore, Delicado Foods & Wines (click here for their website) is a stylish Spanish Tapas wine bar, café and restaurant. Its outside seating area provides a comfortable and sophisticated setting to enjoy their authentic 'Delicado Masala Chai.' The tea is prepared by combining ground and hand-crushed whole spices with Assam tea, and is served with a generous helping of honey on the side. Delicado is open Tue-Sat from 7am-11pm, and Sunday from 8am-10pm.
Enjoy Delicado's Masala Chai in sophisticated surroundings
Badde Manors (click here for their website), located at 37 Glebe Point Road, in the inner west suburb of Glebe, is a Sydney icon. Operating since 1982, it has a unique look and feel, with an extensive menu offering a range of vegan and vegetarian dishes, cakes and pastries, as well as the (very) spicy 'Badde Manors Chai.' Made from an Indian spiced tea five spices in total, including a healthy dollop of ginger and brewed with rose water, it's served with either milk or soy. The outside seating provide the perfect spot from which to sip the tea and take in the eclectic mix of the passers-by. Badde Manors is open Mon-Thurs and Sunday from 7.30am-midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 7.30am-2am.
Located at 260 Darling Street in the heart of Balmain in the western suburbs, Kafeine is a popular spot with locals, offering a range of freshly prepared food, milk shakes and speciality teas. Their 'Calmer Chai' blend is made from fresh ginger root, ground spices, black tea leaves and bound together with Victorian honey. Served with milk or soy, the Calmer Chai latte is delicious, with an almost chewy texture. Kafeine is open Mon-Fri from 6.30am-4pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 7.00am-5pm.
Relax in the heart of Balmain with Kafeine's Calmer Chai
North Bondi's The Hill Eatery (click here for their website), located at 39-53 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach, caters for the bronzed beach-set. Its proximity to the beach - a mere 200 metres away provides for a casual and laid-back atmosphere, and is the perfect location for a post-swim snack or meal. Their chai latte is made from a pre-blended syrup; prepared by boiling down spices, sugar, honey and black tea, and is served with milk, soy or almond milk. The outside tables provide an ideal spot to sip this tasty brew while unwinding after a day's strenuous sunbathing. The Hill Eatery is open seven days a week from 7am-late.
Enjoy a post-swim chai latte at North Bondi's The Hill Eatery
For a perfect spot to enjoy a refreshing chai latte while taking in a view of Bondi Beach, head to south Bondi and the Chapter One Coffee & Wine Room (click here for their website). Located at Shop 3A, 34 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach, Chapter One is a cute and classy establishment with comfortable seating inside; however, you will want to take a seat at one of the two tables outside to take advantage of the glorious vista.
Sip on a chai latte while taking in the view over Bondi Beach at south Bondi's Chapter One Coffee & Wine Room
Chapter One's chai latte is prepared with a chai mix sourced from Sticky Chai - a company based out of Marrickville specialising in handmade chai tea - to which boiling water is added and allowed to steep for several minutes. Hot milk, delivered through a milk steamer, further helps with the infusion, releasing the spices within. Chapter One is open Mon-Thurs from 6.30am-2.30pm, Saturday from 6.30am-10.30pm, and Sunday from 7am-7pm.