In the Westboro neighbourhood, there exists a tranquil retreat where the rich aroma of chai beckons the weary, the curious, and the connoisseurs alike. Seven Tea Miles isn’t just a café; it’s a narrative of passion, culture, and a testament to the enduring charm of a well-brewed cup of tea and a variety of vegetarian options. Featuring specialty samosas, sandwiches, gourmet-style burgers, pastries, and more that complement the delicious chai tea options. With its roots deeply entrenched in the rich soil of tradition and its branches reaching out to embrace modernity, this café is more than a place to sip tea—it’s an unforgettable journey, spanning seven miles and beyond.
The inception of Seven Tea Miles is the brainchild of Sourabh, a Civil Engineering master’s graduate from India, whose nostalgia for the authentic chai of his homeland brewed into a dream café. The void he felt in Ottawa’s coffee-dominated landscape led him to recreate his family’s secret chai recipe, giving birth to not just a café but a sensation. His belief, deeply rooted in his grandfather’s wisdom—“You become what you eat”—ensured that every spice added to their chai and food not only tantalizes the taste buds but also nourishes the soul.
The café’s name, Seven Tea Miles, is steeped in symbolism—drawing from the lucky number seven, reflecting the balance of the seven chakras, and mirroring the marvel of the seven wonders. The Number seven has always been symbolic in the owner’s own life, often manifesting itself with positive outcomes that followed. This name encapsulates the café’s essence, offering a sanctuary where every sip of chai aligns with the harmony of life’s vibrancies.
The Menu is completely vegetarian, with a variety of delicious options, some of the favourites among patrons are:
The Smashed Samosa ($13.95) from Seven Tea Miles is a culinary delight that transforms classic street food into a gourmet dish. It begins with crushed, spice-filled samosas, layered with tender chickpeas, and drizzled in creamy yogurt. It’s then artistically topped with vibrant mint coriander and sweet & sour chutney, adding freshness and a tangy sweetness. A final sprinkle of crisp onions completes the dish, offering a symphony of textures and flavors. More than just a meal, the Smashed Samosa is packed with carefully crafted flavours that satisfies both hunger and the soul.
The Epic Bombay sandwich ($14.95) is ridiculously mouth-watering offering a fusion of flavors between panini bread. It features a zesty green sandwich with chutney, mustard potato mix, sweet beets, crisp cucumber, cheese, fresh tomatoes, and onions. It’s more than just a sandwich; it embodies the vibrant spirit of Bombay, leaving you not just satisfied, but joyously fulfilled.
The food is complemented by exquisite tea, crafted from the world-renowned Assam Black Tea. Here are some of the crowd-favorite options on the menu:
The Rose Chai Latte ($5.95) is a luxurious beverage blending a secret spice mix and premium chai leaves with tasty milk options such as whole, oat, or soy milk. crowned with real rose petals. This drink offers a perfect balance of sweet and spicy, enveloped in a creamy texture and enhanced by the subtle fragrance of roses, promising not just a latte, but a captivating sensory experience.
The Golden Turmeric Chai Latte ($5.95) is a masterful blend of secret spices and authentic chai. Customize your drink with choices of whole, oat, or soy milk, perfectly steamed and mixed with spiced chai. Topped with a sprinkle of golden turmeric and a layer of foam, this latte offers a delightful balance of sweet and spicy flavors, inviting you on an exotic journey with every sip.
The Crème Caramel ($4.85) is a rich iced beverage, perfect for fans of Caramel Iced Coffee but seeking something more unique. It’s a luxurious mix of a secret spice blend, special chai, caramel syrup, and milk, offering a rich, creamy, and aromatic experience that elevates the art of tea blending.
The Royal Chai ($4.25-$4.95) is a delicious beverage crafted with a secret blend of fresh ground spices and a rich chai blend, all harmoniously combined with whole milk. This beverage is authentically made from scratch and offers a warm, creamy, and aromatic experience. Inviting you to savor the tradition and artistry in every sip.
Seven Tea Miles is more than a café: it’s a vibe, an ambiance of positivity and peace. The food, the décor, and the smiles that greet you are all part of an experience tailored to evoke happiness and contentment. From gourmet-style burgers to milkshakes, every dish is infused with love, the most sacred ingredient in the kitchen of Seven Tea Miles.
Seven Tea Miles is a vibrant community hub with options for after-hours event bookings, loyalty programs rewarding every seventh cup of chai, and a welcoming approach to live artists, the café buzzes with the energy of creativity and connection. Offering the convenience of takeout and delivery through Uber, and the promise of a sunny patio experience (weather permitting) make it a must-have.
In every aspect, from wheelchair accessibility to the acceptance of all payment methods, Seven Tea Miles ensures a seamless experience for every guest. The hospitable staff, free Wi-Fi, and special discounts for first responders (10% off for 911 responders) reflect its ethos of inclusivity and gratitude.
Seven Tea Miles is not just a destination; it’s a journey that promises the warmth of home and the thrill of discovery, all in a cup of chai. It’s a story best lived firsthand, a chapter that awaits your presence. So, the next time the aroma of spices and the warmth of a perfectly brewed cup of chai beckon, you’ll know the miles have led you right where you’re meant to be—at the doorstep of Seven Tea Miles, your chai oasis in the heart of Ottawa.
Address of Restaurant: 342 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, ON K1Z 5C6
Parking: Street Parking
Closest Cross Streets: Richmond Rd. and Churchill Ave.
Phone Number: 613-761-7777
Website Address: Home – Seven Tea Miles
Email of restaurant: firstname.lastname@example.org
Name of Owner: Sourabh Chalotra
Opening Date: June 2023
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–7 p.m.