Although an important aspect of Dr. Bombay's is that their profits help support The Learning Tea, a project to cultivate education for young women in India, it's also a great place to go if you want a quiet visit with a friend or spend time with a book and a cuppa.
The interior is eclectic as the shop's name: two rooms (seems like more) with book-lined walls, an old piano, sofas, easy chairs, old wooden tables & chairs, booths, dozens of displayed teapots, painted oriental umbrellas, and paintings found in someone's attic. The front windows allow plenty of natural light - very cozy. Seating for various needs is plentiful. They frequently host little girl parties and showers.
The food is okay - not great, but not bad. The tea selection is good, but they use tea bags! Other drinks are offered: coffees, soy drinks, juices, etc. on the days I have visited. The Vegan food offerings are a nice touch. Their broad selection of sweets are general quite good. I luv the oatmeal raisin cookies.
The service is minimal, but friendly and efficient. Personally, if I were planning an English Tea, I would make a reservation at The Ritz Carlton because of the quality of their china, provisions and service. Although I usually order tea at Dr. Bombay's, it's more like how I would have it at my or a friend's home - cozy and a little eclectic.
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