Roti Chai

Sometimes you just want a a meal which is hassle-free and simple in an environment where you can just relax, take a break and have some tasty amazing food. Add to that clean and well-lit, friendly service, a little touch of funkiness and you get thoughts of places like Wahaca, Dishoom, umpteen smart tapas bars and dim-sum places. Well, that is, until you find out about the latest Indian eatery to grace London appetites, Roti Chai.

Being the brainchild of Rohit Chugh, who for many years stood behind the helm of the behemoth known as Cinnamon Club as MD, Roti Chai is a clever gem of a place off Oxford Street offering a small menu of Indian street and roadside food. By roadside I mean food one encounters in dhabas and small eateries across India and what I really like about Roti Chai is that it’s bloody tasty and very well executed. What I don’t like about Roti Chai is that it’s hard to choose what I want to eat – I want all of it, every single thing on the menu and after my initial experience I’m going to make sure that I do eat everything on the menu.

Papri Chaat: wheat crisps, potatoes, chick peas, yoghurt, tamarind chutney. A staple of roadside vendors across North India this was lovely. The trick is to always have lots of yoghurt and lots of tamarind and lots of sev or ‘gram confetti’ sprinkled on top.

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What’s an Indian meal without a tasty Chutney Selection? Garlic and tomato / chilli, coriander and coconut / cucumber raita. The coconut was my favourite. To be had by the spoonful!

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Pulusu Chicken: Andhra style chicken curry with steamed rice & Aloo Gobi. I was expecting this to be a little spicier than it was, being from the land of incredibly spicy food, but nonetheless, it did have a kick and was just what I was in the mood for. The aloo gobi too, just as you’d have it back in the Motherland – just too much for one person to handle.

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Saffron and Almond Phirni. Now this is a dessert I have not had for a long long time and it’s always been one of my favourites – a rice pudding of sorts, but a more refined pudding, this is made from ground rice cooked slowly in saffron milk and then chilled so that it sets and what I loved most about this was the careful handling of sugar – just a micro-sense short on the sweetness which I found very satisfying and then the oodles of nuts sprinkled on top – happiness!

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And of course, there could only be one way to end this meal – a hot masala chai served in a glass, just as you get it at train stations and roadside eateries.

Now…I need to plan on another trip to Oxford street.

Overall Experience: 8
Food: 8
Recomend you go: 8
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