Vindaloo Vic

Definitive Reviews of London’s Indian Restaurants

Roti Chai 8

This establishment is presented in two forms: the “Street Kitchen” on the ground floor, and the slightly more formal “Dining Room” in the basement. We ate at the latter.

It takes the form of a large, bustling hall. On a Tuesday evening it was full — so the place is clearly popular.

We started with Banana Chips; these were deliciously spicy, a promising beginning. For starters we had Nagaland Pork Ribs , Malai Chicken Tikka and Schezwan Chilli Paneer. All were superb.

Our main courses included the old favourie Butter Chicken and Chettinad Chicken (“rustic earthy Tamil Nadu speciality with fennel, star anise & coconut”) — both very good, being both flavoursome and reasonably hot.

The only slight disappointment was the service. It was somewhat unfriendly and aloof (I know they’re busy, but…). At one point the waitress handed us copies of the menu — even though she herself had already taken our orders just a few minutes earlier.

But on the basis of the food (and that’s what really matters) I’ll be going again soon.