Tea house with a menu in need of work
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Time Out Says

It’s not a trick of the imagination. PropahTea is meant to sound like ‘property’. You see, it’s a property-themed tea house. Cute, no? The inside is decorated to look like an apartment (or, really, a living room) – there is one door with a plaque that reads ‘bedroom’, but it’s just decorative. Each table has a form where you can fill in any property listings (be them rentals or sales) you may want posted on a giant bulletin board near the entrance. As is so eloquently stated on the menu, the place offers ‘real tea with realty’.

This slightly incongruous theme is the main thing PropahTea has going for it. Well, that’s not entirely fair; it has a nice selection of brews and some lovely, fresh juices. Basically, if you can sip it, it’s worth ordering. Food, however, is another story.

The limited menu is made up of little more than a few sandwich and salad offerings, none of which excite. My own smoked salmon salad came on a chewy baguette with a slice of iceberg, served alongside a few crisps and a heap of coleslaw drowning in mayonnaise. My date had a deluxe club sandwich, which was an average assortment of fresh chicken breast, turkey deli meat, egg and iceberg on brown bread. Both were the type of meals you might make for yourself as a workday lunch, although the teas, which came served with individual egg timers to ensure the ideal brewing length, really hit the spot.

For dessert, I had a mango milkshake, which was a lovely, creamy concoction mixed with whole fresh chunks of mango (proving once again that you’re best sipping rather than chewing at PropahTea). My date’s caramel cheesecake didn’t really taste like a cheesecake so much as a strong caramel mousse. It wasn’t a bad dessert, but it wasn’t quite what my cheesecake-loving friend had in mind.

The thing about PropahTea is that when it comes to food, it drops its heavy theming. The menu would have made more sense as a collection of traditional tea sandwiches and scones. At the moment, it stands as an afterthought to an otherwise kitschy idea for a tea house.

The bill (for two)
1x Earl Grey tea Dhs20
1x Peach nectar tea Dhs15
1x Salmon sandwich Dhs25
1x Duplex club sandwich Dhs25
1x Caramel cheesecake Dhs18
1x Mango milkshake Dhs18
Total (excluding service) Dhs121

By Daisy Carrington  | 09 Nov 2009

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