Roti Chai was a restaurant I visited a few months ago to have their Dining Room Indian food. I recently went back to try out their established street food which is available throughout the day.

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

An Indian restaurant which never lets you down when it comes to amazing food.

Website: www.rotichai.com/
Price Range: ££
Telephone: 020 7408 0101
Address: 3 Portman Mews S, Marylebone, London W1H 6AY
Nearest Station: Marble Arch

Street food is served on the upper floor of the restaurant and has a completely different menu to its counterpart Dining Room, ranging from small plates such as samosas and chaats to main plates including burgers and curries. Click here to view the Dining Room review.

Starters and Drinks

Starting with drinks, I ordered an Orange Blush which consists of orange, mango and a pomegranate shot. The pomegranate shot is added in front of you and adds vibrant colour to your drink.

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The Vegetable Samosa and the Chicken Samosa Chaat were ordered as small plates. The Vegetable Samosa came served on a plate with chickpeas and mint sauce. The Samosa contained spicy peas and potato and was very crispy and delicious. Mixed with the mint sauce and chickpeas, it was an amazing combo to have. The Chicken Samosa Chaat includes samosas with chickpeas, yoghurt and tamarind and I have to say, this was delicious. The Samosa was very soft to break through and mix with the yoghurt.

Mains

To accompany the mains which were the Bun Tikki burger and the Pulusu Chicken with basmati rice, I ordered the Roti Bread Selection, which contained a variety of different stuffed breads including rotis and naans.

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The Bun Tikki was a spicy potato burger which was very tasteful. Notice how they gave pomegranates on the side…this reduces the spiciness and gives a unique flavour of sweet and spicy. The Pulusu Chicken was odd for me as I don’t really like coconut in curries. But with this curry you can hardly taste the coconut. I would recommend this dish as a main. The chicken thigh pieces were tender soft and ripped easily. The curry was a pleasant use for the bread selection choosing from garlic naan, roti.

Desserts

Finishing off the meal, I went for the Almond and Saffron Phirni, which was a very fragranced rice pudding. The dessert was very sweet; however, the saffron taste took me by surprise by how strong it was. The texture of the dessert was quite soft, but the saffron was too much for me to finish.

Almond and Saffron Phirni
Almond and Saffron Phirni

Overall the street food kitchen is a very different atmosphere to the Dining Room located just beneath within the same restaurant. With different menus serving amazing foods, I would recommend trying both based on your occasion. Be sure to book in advance if heading for the Dining Room.

Zahid
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