Indian Street Food Bar and Restaurant is now open
From the chaotic streets of Old Delhi to the bustling metropolis of Mumbai and on south to the glittering seashores of Kerala, Chai Thali’s menu is a collection of the very best of the subcontinent’s kerb side snacks.
This riotously colourful, expansive 120-cover space has been utilised to provide different vibes according to the occasion. Guests can choose from upright wooden booths upholstered in the colours of India: saffron, India green and white, for relaxing over cocktails or dinner. Each booth is named after a city from Bombay to Jaipur and Madras, with the use of hanging signs traditionally found at train stations.
A quirky wall-to-wall Union Jack is hand-painted in the colours of India’s national flag.
For a cup of hot turmeric latte, quick bites or lunch solo, there are casual tables for two arranged along an impressive floor-to-ceiling window with views onto Mandela Street.
Menus are created by an experienced team of Indian chefs, including a tandoor specialist, who join from the Taj and Ambassador Hotel Groups. All dishes are free of artificial colourings and freshly marinated daily. The menu will change seasonally.
All Day Dining
- Bombay Roadside Scrambled Egg Masala served with buttered brioche bun;
- Dhaaba Murg chicken curry from the G.T.Road side dhaabas of Punjab;
- Lamb Ki Chaampe chops marinated overnight in spices, cooked in a tandoor served with kachumber
- Maharaja Prawns lightly cooked in the clay oven.
From the very traditional, such as kulfi, in assorted flavours frozen on a stick, to the indulgent Gajaar Halwa, sticky baked grated carrots slow-cooked in milk, topped with ice-cream and pistachio nuts.
Guests can look forward to a comprehensive drinks list including signature cocktails, Indian twists on European classics, such as the Chail Thali Mary, a spicy take on a Bloody Mary, or the Star Chaitini, a fruity riff on a regular martini. Other drinks include sin-free cocktails, soft drinks, Indian beers, hot chai and turmeric latte
‘On The Go’ Lunch Menu served from 12pm – 3pm Monday to Friday offers an affordable variety of fast-turnarounds such as Mini Thalis, Frankies – parantha rolls with assorted fillings such as paneer, chana or chicken; Mince Lamb Burger starting from £4.
Private Dining in the Maharaja Room
Private dining for up to 16 promises lavish and bespoke feasts in the style of India’s most flamboyant princes.
Chai Thali, Indian Street Food Bar & Restaurant
Centro 3, 19 Mandela Street, Camden, London NW1 0DU
Bookings: 020 7383 2030
Web: www.chaithali.com (coming soon)