Toddy Shop at Chai Ki takes its inspiration from the coastal drinking dens of Southern India, infamous for their Palm Toddy and spicy snacks.
The restaurant and bar takes residency within Chai Ki, a more formal Indian restaurant at the same location.
Rohit Chugh, founder of the excellent Roti Chai by Oxford Street.
Inspired by the bold flavours of the Malabar Coast in Southern India. Breakfast and weekend brunch includes Indian Chaas Buttermilk Pancakes (with bacon, blueberries and maple syrup); Idli Sambar (steamed rice cakes with spiced lentil stew); and a Indian inspired fry-up.
The all day bar menu is a combination of sharing plates, buns and kari. Must try dishes include the Coorgi Pulled Pork (coconut, curry leaf, green chilli, Malabar paratha); and truly one of the most exciting things I've eaten in ages, the Burnt Chilli Chicken – a classic Indo-Chinese dish full of hot, sour and tangy flavours that is rarely found in this country.
Also check out the Himalayan Ribs (Nepalese chilli rub, pineapple, bacon bhel); and the Bhel Puri (puffed rice, potato, onions and tamarind sauce).
Cocktails are also inspired by the spice and coconut-studded coastlines, with signatures including the Chai and Orange Martini; Mango Caipirinha; and the Pineapple Gin-Ji.
The stripped back, industrial design of the venue creates a relaxed venue in which to enjoy a few nibbles and a drink or a blowout meal. Seating includes shared spaces and individual tables, whilst the open kitchen ensures a lively atmosphere.
We visited and here's why you should go…/
Cos after 50 years of curry houses, authentic Indian food is now taking over. Dishes like the Burnt Chilli Chicken are worthy of a trip on their own!
Oh, and after the plethora of recent high-profile restaurant openings, Canary Wharf and it's surrounding area finally gets a proper Indian restaurant.
1 Crossrail Place
London, E14 5AR