5-min walk from Exit D2, Central MTR Station continue reading
Embracing the philosophy that Life is Chai, Chaiwala offers a dramatic backdrop of creativity for lively and vibrant nights out. continue reading
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11:30 - 22:00
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12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sun
11:30 - 22:00
*Dinner from 17:00 on Friday to Sunday
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Level4 2020-10-12
Chaiwala takes up the space that previously housed Zafran, a huge Spanish tapas restaurant with a nice bar and great ambience, and the area still feels more or less the same despite some décor tweaks and change in furniture. I get the sense that the mainstream view is that Chaiwala is a great, hip place to have Indian food in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, but on our singular visit for a weekend brunch I haven’t been able to completely appreciate why. Good hospitality and lively weekend vibes are a significant bonus, but the food was just OK, which fell just a little short of my expectations. At a similar price range New Punjab Club seemed so much more of a treat, and on a budget there are tens of dozens of Indian restaurants all over Central and the island. Even Jockey Club’s food court serves Indian dishes that are at least as good in taste as those we had at Chaiwala. I feel the food could do with some re-consideration so as to make the best use of such an interesting space and a lovely hosting team.Food Rundown“Street of India” platter with six small dishes to start– Salad with Indian condiments;– Pani puri with Jal-jeera – the crispy balls with a hole is the pani puri, in which there’s potato & chickpea, and the jal-jeera is cumin water that’s in the glass bottle. You pour the jal-jeera into the pani puri and gobble the whole thing immediately;– Bhelpuri – puffed rice salad with mango and beetroot yogurt;– Palakpatta and shakarkandi – chaat with spanish fritter, sweet potato crisp, spiced yogurt dressing and house chutneys;– Aloo chana – cooked chickpeas with potato cubes and spicy mayo; and– Papdi – fried dough wafersFor someone like us who haven’t quite developed an appreciation for Indian street food, the dishes were somewhat intriguing, especially the pani puri with jal-jeera that we saw in countless videos (which also turned out to be quite tasty), but the rest just felt like lots of carbs and crunchy fat with a bunch of spices (to put it in the crudest way) and a Western twist. I will skip commenting on these as I am not familiar with these dishes.Curries and BiryaniKerala fish curry (+$80) was simmered in a coconut and ginger sauce with raw mango and curry leaves, but while the curry broth was rich and savory the fish was really mushy.Gosht kofta curry (beef meatballs in an onion tomato gravy) was another disappointment. Not too bad, just a ball of ground meat that didn’t stand out in any way.Subz dum biryani (fried rice with assorted vegetables) and mutton biryani (fried rice with boneless lamb medallion) were aromatic and fine. These actually stood out. The naan was also fine.TandoorLamb chops (+$80) were apparently sourced from TLC and made with papaya, chilli and black pepper marinade. This is also meant to be one of Chaiwala’s more well-known dishes. They were okay, but not exceptional.“The classic chicken tikka” with hung yogurt, chilli and cinnamon definitely sounded mouth-watering. And it was quite good. Just not so good that I could tell it apart from my usual Indian takeaways (except for the cinnamon).DessertI thought they’d have cotton candy for dessert but we were presented with this. I believe the orange-like dessert is Gulab jamun which is made with milk solids and flour then deep-fried. The rest is more western—ice cream and chocolate cake. Just a little something sweet to end. continue reading
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The ambience is great. Hospitable staff.Food is also good but a few things need improvement. The dosa severed was a bit burnt from the base. The butter chicken served tasted more like a dessert (it was too sweet). Though the host was kind enough to replace the same with a spicy one, but even the spicy one was equally sweet. The gravy in Chilli Paneer was way too watery.Otherwise the chaat, biryani, naan, tikka were really good.Dosa was also good apart from the burnt part.But the most shocking part was a plate was placed on the table which had very small pieces of broken glass on it, luckily we noticed that before serving any food on the plate. So overall, though ambience and food was good. The drawbacks are really a mood kill, as you don't expect these cons at a nice fine dine expensive restaurant. continue reading
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Pirata group never disappoints with their service - their lunch set-menus became amazingly wallet-friendly when they gave out complementary free-flow during this COVID-end-of-year-celebration period.I did read a few reviews and a number of people didn't enjoy their meal - but I personally felt that they had very different expectation of this eatery.This is NOT the place to have 100% authentic Indian cuisine.  Considering it is an eatery named Chaiwala (tea seller) - it does not serve multitudes/variations of Chai, with that irony in mind - please bare in mind that it is not an actual local-Indian joint. The food is more creative indian food rather than traditional. The spices are definitely toned down to help people ease into the Indian cuisine - but will disappoint the veterans who adore the more authentic-street/home-made food.It does however serve some of the lesser known classics - like the masala omelette.   They serve a mouth watering naan bread with their curries and I would suggest getting the 4 course lunch set if you want to try all their classics. If you're stuck for what to eat for dessert the pannacotta is very well made but their chai was a bit on the sweeter side.Their dishes are good quality for the price you pay and the atmosphere makes it a very enjoyable lunch indeed. continue reading
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Level3 2020-12-28
疫情嘅關係,所以夜晚冇得出去出邊食聖誕晚餐,咁唯有就去呢一度試一試佢哋嘅xmas brunch! 佢哋嘅食物真係令到你有驚喜,另外佢哋嘅服務係非常之好!佢哋嘅餐廳冇大大個餐廳名牌,基本上係靠住街號去搵呢間餐廳,你會發現佢係用緊另外一間酒吧名,所以你會覺得呢間餐廳非常之難搵同埋隱蔽!推開道門你需要經過佢哋嘅酒吧同埋廚房,先至會去到dinning area! 而每個area啊嘅裝修都別具心思,好適合你過嚟打卡同埋過嚟影相!佢哋都利用左唔少嘅花、布啊、同埋唔同嘅圖案,感覺到有印度嘅風情之外,亦都有西式嘅風味!而係食物方面,我就叫左Christmas Burch set!當中包括有頭盤、主菜同甜品,依個侍應都好好人送咗兩杯香檳俾我哋😍首先講講佢哋嘅頭盤,總共有六個小食,當中最令我印象深刻嘅,就係佢哋印度傳統嘅街頭小食- pani puri,真係好香脆,而且帶有少少辣!另外,主菜我就選擇左佢哋嘅雞肉同埋三文魚,配合埋佢哋自家製嘅yogurt,感覺到好清新,唔會好油膩,只可惜雞肉嘅口感比較實,唔算太滑!而咖喱都做得好出色,好香椰汁味,以其嘅香蔥薄餅真係好好食,個底好脆,而且佢加咗好蔥係入邊令到成個薄餅好香,用嚟配咖喱或者另外佢嘅angara Chili Paneer都好好食😋最後仲有個甜品,成餐飯真係好滿足!總括來講,呢間fusion嘅印度餐廳真係好有驚喜,無論裝修服務同埋舒適度都好高,好適合一班朋友過嚟聚餐又或者慶祝生日! continue reading
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