Thursday, December 16, 2010
Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party
1645 McLendon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA www.drbombays.com
On Sunday my friend Eliza and I had high tea at Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party near Little 5 Points. You can read that sentence again - it is completely correct. Dr. Bombay's is one of the few places in the metro Atlanta area (and probably the least expensive) who still serve high tea. Every single day of the week you can enjoy it from 3:30 to 5:30pm, $25 for two people.
Dr. Bombay's knows how to do high tea. You can expect very sweet, lovely little petite fours, tiny cupcakes in flavors like red velvet, mini brownies, egg salad sandwiches, and huge scones (in different flavors, such as apple cinnamon) aside real clotted green and a small pot of jam. These are all presented on a cute two-tiered serving tray. Each pair of guests will share a pot of tea in the flavor of your choosing.
As for the tea, a blackboard lists dozens of great flavors. You can find the usual suspects like early grey and English breakfast, along with lots of sublime green teas and lovely fruits. I thoroughly enjoyed the peach tea, along with the blackberry sage. A friend of mine likes the apple cinnamon. Regardless of your taste, you'll have no problem finding something you like here.
This was my second excursion to Dr. Bombay's. My sweet sister Sabrina threw me a wonderfully girly bridal shower there in September. Everyone who attended raved about how much fun it was. When you book a large group (call the tea house to do so), they will give you your own space and bring out multiple teas so your guests will have a nice variety.
High tea isn't the only option at Dr. Bombay's, though. You can enjoy a simple cup of tea with or without goodies displayed in the glass case any time. For a light meal, you can choose from sandwiches on fresh bread, small sides or bakery items.
It's an absolutely charming place. All the pots, cups and utensils are mismatched. There a walls full of bookcases containing an array of used books for sale: all profits go to charities abroad. The space works equally well for students with their laptops as it does for ladies in hats and gloves. I had a great time here on both occasions, and I can't wait to return.
Verdict: If you've been searching for a modestly priced, serious tea house in Atlanta, look no further.