High Tea with an Indian twist at Tapasya @ Marina

Published: Thursday 22nd December 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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Tapasya opened their first restaurant on Beverley Road back in 2013, offering diners a chance to experience high quality Indian cuisine. Since then, they have expanded their empire to the newly renovated Fruit Market.

The beautiful premises overlook the picturesque marina, close to the bustling city centre. Combining fresh Yorkshire produce with ancestral Indian methods and traditions, owners Tapan Mahapatra and Mukesh Tirkoti aim to deliver great food in the heart of Hull.

Throughout our whole experience at Tapasya @ Marina, we were extremely well looked after by staff. We even got chatting to Tapan, who kindly explained the idea behind their Indian High Tea menu.

In India, noon is a time to rest indoors, away from the blazing sun. After waking, people indulge in some fresh aromatic tea and a tasty snack to ward off hunger until dinner. Tapan also explained that Afternoon Tea is enjoyed by those who have had a long day at work.

The surroundings are elegant and regal; it truly feels as if you’ve walked in from the wintery East Coast harbour to an exotic palace in India. Vibrant chairs and cushions fill the room and ensure that guests have a comfortable stay.

We were seated by our lovely Tea Butler on the downstairs floor. However, diners can also choose to look over the harbour from the mezzanine area, or peer into the kitchen at the Chef’s Table.

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High Tea is served 12pm-5pm and starts from just £12.50. We opted for the basic ‘as-it-comes’ option for our first taste of this Eastern twist on a Western tradition. However, you can choose to upgrade your mini meal from Tapasya Masala to one of their finer teas from the Tea Pairing menu for just £1.50. Alternatively, guests can make their afternoon truly special with a bottle of champagne for an additional £6.

Shortly after ordering, our Tea Butler served us the Masala tea in a luxurious pot. Tapan was not wrong: the drink was extremely refreshing, whilst the spices gave us a boost from the inside.

Next came the three-tiered tower of savoury and sweet treats. And good news for foodies, you each get your own stand to tuck into.

The first layer consisted of a grilled chicken finger sandwich, filled with meat, onion and cheddar cheese, alongside a lamb keema masala patty. The second plate offered a wide choice of savoury nibbles, including a deep-fried prawn pakora, crispy fried cottage cheese (also known as paneer ke pakode), and a vegetable Punjabi samosa. These plates were accompanied by a selection of flavoursome chutneys, to dip the snacks in at your leisure.

The last layer was, of course, the desserts. And after all of that scrumptious spice, we were definitely ready for some sugar. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll adore their melt-in-the-mouth nankhatai cookies. Similar to our shortbread, these Indian bites are sure to leave you wanting more.

We highly recommend a visit to Tapasya @ Marina, which is located on Humber Dock Street. To book a reservation, please ring 01482 242607 or visit www.tapasya.org.uk.

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Published: Thursday 22nd December 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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