So there's this place I've been going to regularly for the past coupla years, that I haven't told any of you about. It's in Marylebone just round the corner from my office, and it's so good I've been keeping it secret. But I thought it was time to share it...so you can all experience the i n c r e d i b l e samosas and roti bread that make me go all weak at the knees. The Roti Chai Street Kitchen is hidden on a backstreet, and really needs to be shouted about.
The first couple of times I went to Roti Chai the service was awful, which is why I refrained from blogging it. But lately it's gotten really pretty good! And the food is awesome, which is why I've been back so many times. Now, I always have the exact same things so can't give you a particularly good view on the entire menu, but my colleagues all love it too and they have different dishes to me soooooo I don't really think you can go wrong with anything.
Anyway, so Kiran and I hadn't had a proper catch up for a while, and as he's a man of leisure (aka, swans around lunching and travelling the world), I got to demand that he meet me near my office for lunch.
|Photo from Roti Chai|
I got a large table by the window, and let Kiran look at the menu. To start with I ordered my favourite; the Chicken samosas with yoghurt and pomegranate. The combination of flavours in this dish is insane. Seriously. It's so good.
I can't remember what Kiran had, but it wasn't very photogenic so I didn't take a photo. For mains I had the Pulusu Chicken, which is a chicken curry with white sticky rice. I'm not great with spicy food, but this is one curry I can handle (with a fair amount of rice), and is pretty darn delicious.
Kiran had a fish curry and really enjoyed it - he's a bit of an expert on Indian and Sri Lankan food, so a thumbs up from him is a very good thing. He was also super impressed with the menu and variety on it with different dishes from different parts of India. One thing I have had before that I can recommend is the Bub Kebab. In fact all of the buns are awesome, but the lamb one especially!
Oh, and their roti bread is delicious! You get three different types of roti, and all of them are super moreish.
We were in and out of Roti Chai in just under an hour, which is pretty good going and I got back to my desk within my lunch hour - perfect! The Roti Chai Street Kitchen is a fab place for a quick lunch, located just off Oxford Street right by Selfridges, and I hear good things about dinner in their ground floor dining rooms too.