You’d be hard pushed to find a nicer way to spend a bank holiday than feasting on afternoon tea. So when I was invited to Praza in Edgbaston to try their Indian afternoon tea a couple of weeks ago, it was a real treat to look forward to. I’ve previously been to review Praza, the sister restaurant of the much loved Pushkar, and had had a fantastic experience, so I was excited to see what it could pull out of the bag in this different format. Read on to see whether afternoon tea, Indian style, should be added to your Birmingham bucket list!
The setting for the Indian afternoon tea is one that exudes class. Set in a grand Georgian town house in Edgbaston, the interoir design is minimalistic with a few striking features. Despite the luxurious surroundings however, at £15.95pp this afternoon tea won’t break the bank. The service was brilliant throughout the afternoon, and the waiters made sure we didn’t run out of tea or sauces at any point. The atmosphere was quiet and relaxed and we felt as if we could take our time and stretch out the afternoon.
Jack and I had the vegetarian option, so our savoury bites included samasos, onion bhajis, namak paares (flour crackers), paneer rolls, vegetable sandwiches and beetroot, goats cheese and chickpea cups. Every mouthful was a treat, and there was plenty between the two of us. It certainly didn’t feel as if we were missing out on the meat options, as the paneer roll was a particular favourite. By the end of the savoury bites we felt as if we prefered these Indian treats over the traditional finger sandwiches of an English afternoon tea any day, as it made for a far more flavoursome and interesting meal.
The sweet treats included semolina and coconut cakes, nankhatai (crumbly biscuits), motichoor ladoo (Indian sweets), mini chocolate and coconut eclairs and mini orange and cumin scones. It was great to try new things as part of an afternoon tea, especially something as different as the motichoor ladoo. We weren’t blown away by everything, as some were a little dry, but there were certainly some highlights such as the eclairs and the scones, which were delicious.
For drinks we opted for the ginger and cardamon chai tea, which accompanied the food perfectly and was really refreshing. A selection of other teas are also on offer, or you can opt for the prosecco option for £20.95pp. I’m such a big fan of Praza’s cocktails that I couldn’t visit without having one, so after we’d finished our afternoon tea I ordered the Black Forest Martini, made with chocolate raspberry vodka, raspberry and orange liqueurs, fresh strawberry pureee and chocolate syrup. This was such an indulgent cocktail and was a perfect way to finish off the afternoon. If you love your chocolate and berry combos I would really recommend this drink! Jack, who was driving, went for one of their mocktails, the mango mojito. This was a gorgoeous mojito topped with ginger beer, giving it a fiery kick.
Overall, I’d really recommend visiting Praza for their Indian afternoon tea, which will be held on the last Sunday of every month. It was a really nice change from the traditional option, and every bite was a talking point. Thank you to everyone at Praza for having us, we had another great experience and can’t wait for our next visit.
The afternoon tea was complimentary for review purposes. This does not affect my honest opinion.