A few weeks back we told you all about the Toddy Shop (the bar at Chai Ki!) and now the restaurant is open! Hurrah!
Chai Ki provides a more formal setting than the bar, serving contemporary Indian dishes alongside cocktails and craft beer.
Signature dishes will include small plates such as Goan Prawns; roasted garlic, Goan chilli, rock samphire and tempered coconut rice (£8.20) and Chicken Pear Chaat; tandoori chicken tikka, pear, charred gem lettuce, mint, mango thyme dressing (£7.20). Larger plates list Dum Ka Gosht; slow cooked Welsh lamb shoulder, saffron, Kashmiri & green chilli, mushroom spinach, ‘achar’ pickles (£16.80) and Fish Kuzhambu; grilled salmon, Byadagi red chilli, mustard seeds, star anise, coconut, fennel beetroot aloo (£15.80).
Taking influence from Rohit’s childhood, dishes will be designed to share allowing for the home-style eating he grew up with.
‘I have really enjoyed creating the menu for Chai Ki – experimenting with traditional Indian flavours and ingredients to create new dishes with subtle spicing to complement local, British produce’, says Rohit. ‘Our inspiration is the kind of food I loved as a child, from my mum’s home cooking to the regional specialities I tasted on annual trips to India.Chai Ki’s menu will be a tribute to new and old, blending nostalgia with innovation’.