My memories of India are ones of sensory overload – from the hustle and bustle of the cities, to the aromas that completely overwhelm you, this was not a country that did subtlety. There was always a vibrancy to everything, a burst of life that could not be contained. Which is why I find the modern take on the cuisine to be rather fascinating.
Type: Modern Indian
Chai Ki’s modern take on India is a curated one – which in a way is what you would expect. Any modern “art” (or cuisine) should look to challenge the classical version, if not often to do exactly what the classical version would not have permitted. There is an oriental feel to the place, or perhaps one could even say it seems like a Westernised version of the subcontinent.
The food was great – the dahi puri (6.5£), very reminiscent of the pani puri which I had in Mumbai, are an explosion of flavour, with an excellent fluctuation of texture, from the crunchy shells to the creamy interior. Certainly a dish that I would recommend at Chai Ki. There was a similar trend with the rest of the food – the coorgi pulled pork (7.9£) had a clean presentation yet the spices were quintessentially Indian. All the dishes packed a punch of flavour and aromas that, sincerely, had to be there for the restaurant to stay true to its nature.
Chai Ki is definitely one of the best restaurant that one could go out in Canary Wharf, with a lovely setting and great food.