I’ve started a new “diet”, where I cut out all junk food during the weekdays and let loose at the weekends. So when the long weekend came around, that meant one more cheat-day for indulging in fatty goodness oh yesssss. I kicked off Friday with pizza at Pizza Union, Saturday with a steak sandwich at Drunch and yummy fried chicken at Mother Clucker, Sunday with Nandos and finally, on Monday, ended with Chit Chaat Chai… And an empty wallet *sigh*.
Chit Chaat Chai, if you didn’t already guess, is not your typical Indian restaurant… with the focus being chaat rather than kebabs and curries! Chaat is a term used to describe savoury snacks, which are mainly served from street food stalls/carts in many South Asian countries. Tania and Dhruv, owners of Chit Chaat Chai, brought their own stall to the streets of London and have now opened up a new restaurant in Wandsworth. I headed off to their soft launch with my Mum (major chaat lover) to give it a go.
I love the name of the restaurant and its interior. Check it out…
How cool is the floor?!
Mum and I got chaating away 😉 as we waited for our food to arrive.
Bombay Bhel (£4.00)
I’m going to start with one of my favourite dishes – Bombay Bhel. I loved the flavour of this dish and all the textures – crunchy but soft because of the potatoes, and spicy but sweet because of the pomegranate! I really enjoyed the addition of pomegranate in this bhel, as it’s something I haven’t had before.
Pani Puri (£4.50)
It’s fun eating pani puri, because it’s always messy and funny to watch the person in front of you eating it. Chit Chaat Chai offers a really delicious take on pani puri, which I would recommend. It’s sweet, spicy and tangy, just the way it should be.
Masala Chicken Wings (£5)
The flavours of these wings were really good, but the wings itself weren’t crispy which was disappointing. In fact, they were a little soggy. Crunchy fried chicken is my favourite, so I’m afraid these did not hit the spot.
Chilli Paneer (£6.50)
I’m not the biggest fan of paneer, but my mum is and she really liked it. I personally thought it could have had a little more flavour.
Lamb railway curry (£8.50)
Not the best curry I’ve ever had, but it does the job to satisfy your curry needs.
There’s always room for dessert, right? RIGHT?
Flourless chocolate cake with chai custard (£6.00)
Coconut samosa with salted chocolate sauce (£5.00)
Mum and I opted for Chit Chaat Chai’s gluten free, flourless cake (you know, to be healthy and all). I didn’t love this, but for a gluten free cake, it was pretty good and the addition of the chai-flavoured custard gave it a unique flavour. I preferred our second choice of dessert – coconut samosas with salted chocolate sauce! These are small, but deliciously rich and filling. It kind of reminded me of the Malaysian dessert ketayap (high five if you know what I’m talking about).
Overall the bill amounted to around £20 with desserts on the house and 50% off due to their soft launch. The food here wasn’t perfect, but it was nice enough for me to want to come again to try other dishes on the menu. A Kolkata kati roll and sticky cinnamon chai bun sounds pretty good to me!