Roti Chai: Indian Street food restaurant near Selfridges and M&S on Oxford Street
If I had to describe the food at Roti Chai in one word, it would be - 'moreish'. I was never sure if 'moreish' was actual word and had been hesitant to use it but in this case, it's rather apt since it's an casual way of saying the food at Roti Chai tasted so good that you keep wanting more!
It's in a great location right behind Marks & Spencers, tucked away from the bustle of Oxford Street and serves up Indian food which is more authentic to me than the thousands of generic curry houses in London. Similar to Dishoom in Covent Garden, the decor invokes a sense of nostalgia and Roti Chai showcases some popular Indian snacks and street food such as Chicken 65, Gobi Manchurian, Chicken Lollipop - the names give you no clue what to expect but trust me, they all taste pretty good.
We sat in the ground floor which has their 'Street Kitchen' menu and is open all day. I think downstairs there's a more formal dining area and a slightly different menu. My favourites were the Chicken Lollipops - spicy Chicken wings served with minty green yogurt sauce and this amazing fried chicken called Parsi Farsha Chicken served with a tangy sauce.
|Parsi Chicken Farsha|
If you've never had Indian chaat before, you must try either the Bhel puri or Papri chaat. I've also tried the Gobi Manchurian and Hakka Chilli Paneer which are Indian-Chinese fusion creations. Some of the dishes are bit small in portion like the Chilli Paneer but overall it's pretty good value for money. I'm keen to try out the downstairs restaurant which is open only for dinner.
So if you're tired from shopping on Oxford Street and looking for somewhere to eat - I highly recommend Roti Chai.
*Confession* - after the writing the review, I started getting serious cravings for the Parsi Farsha chicken and was tempted to go again. So yes,for very 'moreish' Indian food, check out Roti Chai.
3 Portman Mews South
London W1H 6HS
Tel: 020 7408 0101 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 020 7408 0101 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Tube: Bond Street/Marble Arch