Within the streets of Wandsworth, there sits an Indian street food restaurant known as Chit Chaat Chai. Opened in 2016, the restaurant has garnered rave reviews for its authenticity and flavoursome foods. This was a definite MUST to try and feed my street food appetite!   

Review
Overall
8/10
8/10
  • Food - 8/10
    8/10
  • Ambiance - 8/10
    8/10
  • Service - 8/10
    8/10
  • Value for money - 8/10
    8/10

Verdict

If craving for Indian street food, Chit Chaat Chai is a definite thumbs up!

Website: chitchaatchai.com/
Price Range: ££

Upon entering the restaurant, you are greeted with such vibrant colours of posters, featuring comical and satirical people. It’s a change to your usual food eating scenery and works as a past time while waiting for your food. Have a look and see if you can spot any familiar faces.   

Wall Interior
Wall Interior

Starters

After gazing away from the walls for hunger sake, I delved into the menu which was very simple and straight forward. Presented on one page, the menu boasts a variety of chicken, lamb and vegetarian dishes, click here to view the menu. For starters I ordered the samosas, the samosa chaat and the Darth Vada Pav.

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Being true to its Bengali roots, I was served Shingaras, which is another form of samosas. These are crispier and more puffed with potato stuffing and tasted delicious. The Somosa Chaat was a mixture of chickpeas, yoghurt, chutneys and samosa pieces topped with pomegranates. Now have a look at the vibrant colours on the plate. The sauce from the Chaat added as a dip to mix with the Samosas too. The Darth Vada Pav was a dish I’ve never tried before and have to say it was amazing. Made from potato mixed with spices and chickpea flour, this dish served very well within a bun.

Mains

Moving on to mains we tried the No Hurry Chicken Curry which is a Goan style chicken curry made from a tomato and onion base and grounded masala. We ordered both rice and a bread selection, which was a mixture of different naans and rotis’ to have with the curry. The dish was an absolute win win with no hesitation to finish the curry bowl. We also got the One Pot Chicken Biriyani which is made in a different style to your usual Indian restaurant biriyanis. Very flavoursome and tasteful, there was no reason to not finish the dish.

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Desserts

Indian street food doesn’t just stop at plates of samosas and curries, desserts are needed to. We ordered the Gulab (Rose) Doughnuts which was Gulab Jamun with rose flavoured ice cream. This is a classic dessert served within the streets of India and it’s something you can never say no to! The rose flavoured ice cream was very delicious, especially when infused with the syrup from the Gulab Jamun.   

Gulab (Rose) Donuts with Rose Flavoured Ice Cream
Gulab (Rose) Donuts with Rose Flavoured Ice Cream

The food at Chit Chaat Chai was very tasteful with its variant twists on commonly found Indian street food. Service provided was excellent with the décor being an attraction of its own. I would recommend the Gulab Rose Doughnuts as you don’t commonly find rose flavoured ice cream and the Samosas which are a different variant to your ordinary dish.

Zahid
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