Seriously, who helped name that on the menu? Chai Tea!
It is like naming your bolognese Noodles Spaghetti. Now, you wouldn’t do that, would you? Then why have Chai Tea on your menu?
Let me explain – tea in the Indian sub-continent, and a few neighbouring countries, is called Chai. Unless, a few restaurants in Dubai really want to “over emphasize” that they serve tea, I feel such naming should be scrapped outright. Yes, “over emphasize” is a moronic expression and completely incorrect, much like “more happier”. As is Chai Tea!
If restaurants serving spiced tea that incorporates cardamom, cinnamon, milk and sugar etc want to highlight that, then it should be called Masala Chai or Masala Tea. Not Chai Tea.
And on behalf of many in the industry of food writing and appreciation, I would issue a warning not to name dishes like mentioned below:
- Coffee Cafe
- Biryani Pulao
- Pilaff Pulao
- Saffron Zafran