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    The White Room is a charming spot for a quiet catch up

    Set in a neatly landscaped garden, The White Room is a haven for those looking for peace and quiet. Great for some alone time with a book, or even for a friendly catch up, the space has a charming vibe with white being the dominating colour, interspersed with pops of green, pink and red from the surrounding shrubbery and potted plants. The cafe is divided in two sections, an alfresco area where we chose to sit and a small area inside, designed to look like a sitting room-cum library, right out of Downton Abbey, complete with a faux book shelf and fireplace.
    A respite from the chaos of the city, it is essentially a tea room with a decent selection of coffees and quick bites including salads, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and pies. We asked for the Italian almond tea to start and were not disappointed. The almond gave it a hint of nuttiness while not overpowering the flavour from the tea. Those with a soft spot for oolong must try the Tie Guan Yin, a premium Chinese brew. We also spotted a natural hibiscus with rosehip tea for something a little more unusual and a black tea infused with mint for those who’d like to keep things strictly classic.
    The chicken sliders—mini burgers with chicken cooked in a tangy mint sauce—are a great option for starters and we loved how the bread (all bread is made in-house, we’re told) lent the dish a hint of sweetness. The beef lettuce wraps too are a good choice and feature roasted beef, chopped into slices, sauteed with olive oil, drizzled with pepper demi glaze, thyme and chopped garlic and served with lettuce — a low calorie creation for weight watchers. The White Room cheeseburger too is highly recommended and includes a beef patty seasoned with black pepper, thyme and barbecue sauce, topped with cheddar cheese and caramelised onion. You can also indulge your sweet tooth, with a small selection of desserts including banana walnut cake with ice cream, tarte tatin or creme brûlée.
    `900++ for two. At High Gates Hotel, Church Street. Details: 8884863524
    —Rashmi Rajagopal

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