i really wanted to like roti chai. to start with, i love the indian touches to a very modern indian canteen. in addition, much thought had been put into the presentation of the food. in customary indian style it is bright and cheerful. the menu looked good too. it's got the customary street foods; bhel puri, papri chaat and samosas. the katori (literally, a small container) with it's kabuli channa, tarka dhal and roti appealed to us. we sub-continentals love our dhal's, chaat's and bun kebab's.
o, n and i picked a combination from the street, katori and buns. from the street menu we had the papri chaat, parsi chicken farcha and hakka chili paneer. from the buns we had the bun tikki and from the katori section we had the kabuli channa with the roti selection. starting on the street the papri chaat was too sanitised and sophisticated.chaat isn't sophisticated. it's bold and gutsy with crunch and masala. at roti chai it is too mild. the papri element of it was lost under the yoghurt rendering too little crunch. we liked the parsi chicken farcha though. it was perfectly battered fried, served piping hot. the curried ketchup made an excellent dipping sauce. the hakka chilli paneer lived up to it's indo-chinese description. the lively greens with the mouth-burning chili soothed by the paneer was good.
|parsi chicken farcha|
to finish, we had a round of masala chai. o liked it but i felt that it missed both the intensity of spice and brew of indian chai. i loved the way it was served though, in little glasses.
the variable experience of the menu makes it very difficult for me to sum up the roti chai experience. o and n clearly liked it. for me, the price along with the some ups and mostly downs mean that i am unlikely to return.