Roti Chai, just off the Marble Arch end of Oxford Street, is a brand new all-day Indian street food venue opened by Rohit Chugh, formerly the manager at Cinnamon Club. The menu was fairly limited (not necessarily a bad thing), and split largely between “Street” and “Road & Rail”; the former starter/small sharing plates, the latter more traditional main course offerings.
We went for mostly “Street” options on this occasion, following our server’s recommendations and getting the Papri Chaat - crunchy wheat crisps, potato, chickpeas, yoghurt and hot & sweet chutney; Samosas - spicy pea & potato and Chicken Lollipops - moreish Keralan spiced chicken wings, along with a Bun Kebab - spiced lamb chapli kebab.
First to arrive was the Bun Kebab, a mini burger with a tender, succulent, spiced lamb patty in a pillowy, buttered bun – it was lovely. The Papri Chaat was creamy and tasty, with a nice crunch from the wheat crisps; again very enjoyable. The samosa had a satisfactory, crumbly pastry, and good flavour and heat to the filling. The Chicken Lollipops were also decent – not quite as moreish as a similar dish I had at Veeraswamy recently, but still not bad.
For dessert, a Mango Kulfi on a stick was sweet, but not excessively so, with a good mango flavour.
In a nutshell...
Roti Chai was a success on just about every count. Service was fast, friendly and knowledgeable; the food was flavourful; and prices were reasonable. In an area not exactly rife with decent dining options, it is a very welcome addition - one that will no doubt serve a very useful purpose as a quick pit-stop whilst shopping on Oxford Street, but is also versatile, and good enough, to be a place for people to enjoy a more leisurely meal where the quality of the food, rather than the speed of its delivery, takes centre stage.
3 Portman Mews South, London, W1H 6HS
Average Price: £10-£15