High Tea at Tamarai: An All-You-Can-Eat Affair
On a seasonably warm Saturday afternoon in Lower Kololo, Joshua, Lauren and I are seated in the lounge next to the tea bar at Tamarai Thai Restaurant staring out at people enjoying their hot and iced teas, as well as the little kids walking around the open seating area of the restaurant next to the fountain as their parents watch over them. The tea bar is busy with many orders as the waiters strut their way in and out to serve the clients orders. We are attending the Tamarai High Tea event dubbed “High Tea at T” that takes place every first Saturday of the month.
Located in the lower Kololo terrace on Plot 14 is Tamarai Thai Restaurant. Not only does Tamarai specialize in Thai Cuisine and Pan Asian food but they also have the only tea bar in East Africa, a point that was stressed by Kaiwan Bamji the General Manager of Tamarai.
As soft music creeps from the speakers, Lauren crouches to take a photo of a group of women who seem to be enjoying the various teas on offer for the evening. The women by this time have tasted many tea flavors, both iced and hot and have made several trips sampling the sweet and savory snacks on offer. Time check is 4:30PM. The event which started at 3PM and cost just 40,000 UGX per person is an all-you-can-eat affair. By this time I’ve had various flavors of tea including Lively Lime, Orange Fusion, Gentle Minty Green Tea, Ceylon Spice Chai and Elegant Earl Grey, supplemented by Chicken Sushi Rolls, Fried Tofu, Som Tam Salad, Fish Salad and I’m just getting started. The sun has come out and that calls for an ice tea. So I’m off to the tea bar again.
Health Benefits of taking tea
The list of health benefits associated with taking tea is an expanse one and highlights why you should probably give thought to switching from your favorite cappuccino and give tea a try. Tea is believed to have antioxidants that help slow down the body from aging and helps with the effects from pollution. Tea has less caffeine than coffee, tea may cut the risk of heart attack and stroke and tea protects your bones. Tea helps you keep hydrated, helps boost your immune system, protects against cancer and for those looking to lose weight, tea is calorie free and green tea has been proven to increase your metabolism rate. Drinking just 5 cups of green tea per day, you can burn 70 – 80 calories.
When I asked Kaiwan Bamji, the General Manager at Tamarai if they have any special offers running at the restaurant at the moment, he told me that the only offers they have are associated with tea. They sell 20 tea bags at a discounted price of 20,000 UGX while a Tin Caddy of 100gms of flavored tea of your choice is at a discounted price of 25,000 UGX. He also told me that in addition to that, Tamarai has introduced breakfast on their menu and it’s from Monday to Saturday from 7AM – 11AM.
With a new cocktail menu being launched, they also host corporate events: corporate cocktail dinners and outdoor catering which are charged according to the number of people. But the price ranges from 55,000 UGX (General food menu) – 90,000 UGX (BBQ menu).
Save the date
The ‘High Tea at T’ event takes place every first Saturday of the month from 3PM – 6PM and for a cover charge of 40,000 UGX ($16) per person, you get an All-You-Can-Eat pass that allows you to taste and sample iced & hot Sri Lankan teas, taste and eat as much as you can from the sweet and savory snacks they offer, supplemented by a free manicure and pedicure for the women.
The event is highly recommended for families, large groups of people who want to have a fun filled and relaxing evening as well as individuals. Make it a point to attend the next event or to pass by Tamarai and try out their breakfast or authentic Thai food and Pan Asian cuisine.
Need to know
The restaurant at Tamarai Thai Restaurant Tea Bar & Lounge is open Monday – Sunday from 11am -11pm. While for breakfast, it’s from Monday – Saturday from 7AM – 11AM.
To reach Tamarai or book/reserve a table, the restaurant can be reached at:
Telephone: + 256 (0) 755 794 958/ + 256 (0) 755 794 960