This week after a two year hiatus, Chai St will once again open it doors to serve up delicious Indian street food. After closing in 2012 to make way for the acclaimed Mint and Mustard to expand, Chai St is set to make a come back. At that time Chai St was one of only two Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants in Cardiff, the other being Mint and Mustard (more on this in the next blog post).
Now relocated to the Canton area of Cardiff the foundations that made Chai St such a hit the first time round have not changed. Providing fresh and delicious Indian food redefined for contemporary tastes and applying it to the street food of India to create the perfect informal dining experience.
The restaurant has been given a new look and branding, the aim is to inspire and create a space where people can eat, chat and relax. Initially it will be a no reservation sit down service only, a take away option will follow shortly after opening.
|This chap in the poster looks a bit like my uncle back in the 70's|
Having had a look at the sample menu on their website I am positively ravenous. Highlights for me are the Chicken 65 which I believe was on the menu the first time round and was a firm favourite of mine, Chai samosa basket and of course the Thali's. All washed down with some Chai. Rather worryingly/intriguingly there is something called masala coke in the soft drinks section which may warrant a try in the name of research.
I personally have great fondness for the original Chai St on Whitchurch Rd, its kitsch decor, delicious food, informal atmosphere and killer chai reminds me of great times living on Australia Rd just opposite. I look forward to trying out Chai St in its new incarnation. Chai St opens on the 15th of January 2015.
153 Cowbridge Road East, Canton, Cardiff, CF11 9AH
Tel: 02920 228888
Photos courtesy of Mint and Mustard and Evoke Pictures