Monday, 10 October 2011

Roti Chai Indian street kitchen - Food Find

Portman Mews sounds a bit of a swanky address for what turns out to be an unpretentious Indian "Street Kitchen" serving street food from around India.  In fact the location for this useful little Food Find is an unremarkable alley at the Oxford Street end of Baker Street.  In an area not exactly bursting with decent places to eat, Roti Chai serves up the kind of simple, fresh food you can buy from street cart vendors, roadside dhabas and railway stations when travelling around India.  Dishes from Keralan, Gujarat, Kolkata, Punjab, Bengal and Andhra Pradesh include good spicy Tarka Dhal and Samosas, Papri Chaat (wheat crackers spread with sweet chutney and topped with potato and chickpeas, yogurt and coriander), Idli Sambar (lentil and vegetable stew), Macher Jhol (fish curry) and Railway Lamb Curry.  Desserts include cooling Kulfi and Payasam.  Good food, laid back ambience but focused staff.

Roti Chai
3 Portman Mews South, London W1H 6HS