Indian Café located in Ilford Lane
Indian Café located in Ilford Lane: 5/10 ☕️
I’m usually a bit biased when it comes to Chaiiwala.Their main attraction are their teas which luckily I’m super fond of!
It’s hard to pick a favourite but on most days I get their pink chaii – it has hints of cardamom and cinnamon and I can only describe it as a cosy, wintery drink.
I also fancy their iced karak coffee which isn’t too strong but perfect for warmer days.
However, the quality of their food has often been questionable to me.
I’ve tried most things off their menu and I still haven’t come across something I enjoyed eating😬
This week I decided to pop in twice to try their ‘Desi breakfast’.
I’m not sure what went wrong but the bread was way too stale, so I had to switch to an aloo paratha (which was really small in portion).
The ‘spicy’ beans weren’t spicy at all, rather bland.
And the omelette was so plain and dry.
I also tried their masala chips on another occasion: these were basic fries drenched in watered down ketchup.. it’s almost like eating white-washed Indian food.
All in all, I think Chaiiwala is ideal for a sit down drink with friends and family instead of having a full meal.
I don’t think I’ll order anything from the food selection 🙁