Place

Roti Chai

By Maeve
Where?
3 Portman Mews South W1H 6HS
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When?
Mon-Sat 12pm-late
How much?
Meal for one about £20

Last night, I went on a shopping spree on Oxford Street and finished with a battered credit card, a blinding headache and a grumbling stomach that would not wait to be silenced. Which would usually present a dilemma, because it’s challenging to eat cheaply, quickly and well when you’re alone on Oxford Street. Thankfully, I’d heard good things about nearby Indian street food café Roti Chai. Within minutes I was settled with a cup of sweet, reviving cinnamon chai tea and a glass of navratan, which the waiter told me was “like bombay mix, but better”. He was right. Then I dived into fun and spicy lollipop chicken wings, steamed chickpea cakes and a lamb curry inspired by dishes served at roadside cafes and train stations in North India. I left feeling revived and happy. Next time you shop until you drop, I recommend eating until you pop in here. / Sara Lou

Photo credit: Paul Winch-Furness