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Join the celebrations for our first birthday

chai blogChai St is celebrating its first birthday – and we’d love you to join us for our celebrations!

On 24th January our Cowbridge Road East street food restaurant will have been open for one year. It’s been a great year thanks to you – our customers, and we’d like to say thank you by inviting you to mark the day with us.

Diners at Chai St can claim a free drink, dessert and delicious street food nibbles at the restaurant on the day.

There’s no need to book a table – just pop in during the day and join the party!

We’re looking forward to another year of bringing you the very best of Indian street food in a fun and informal setting and hope to see you there for our big day!

Streetfood Stories: Pav Bhaji – the original working lunch

The streetfood of India has a history almost as rich and diverse as the country itself. In Streetfood Stories we reveal the tales behind some of our popular dishes. 

The ideal food on the move

The ideal food on the move

Indian food is renowned world-wide for its innovations, and in the Pav Bahji it has a good claim for being the origin of fast food.

This spicy blend of vegetables in tomato gravy served with pav (a small bun) cooked in butter is designed for the busy worker who is short on time but doesn’t want to shortcut flavour.

It began as a snack for textile mill workers in Mumbai in the 1850s. Mill workers’ lunch breaks were too short for a full meal, and the heavy workload meant most wanted a light lunch.

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What’s in our Thalis? Check the weather forecast

photo 4Like the British weather, we don’t like to be predictable at Chai St – but unlike the weather, we always want to make you feel bright and sunny.

That’s why when our chef plans out our Thalis every day, the first thing he does is check outside. When you are hot and bothered in the sun, the curries in our Thalis are refreshingly mild and tangy. And when its chilly, we add a bit more.. chilli and make it a warming, comforting, spicy treat.

Thalis are the ultimate Indian street snack – a mix of little dishes of curry, pickle, daal, rice and bread. Rather than stick to a set recipe, we make our Thalis fresh every day using seasonal ingredients and even tweaking the recipe to suit the temperature outside.

Its this attention to detail that makes Chai St Indian street food stand out. We put a lot of care into the ingredients we use and the preparation of our food, so you always get fresh and delicious dishes – whatever the weather.

 

Streetfood Stories: Chicken 65 – the magic number

The streetfood of India has a history almost as rich and diverse as the country itself. In Streetfood Stories we reveal the tales behind some of our popular dishes. 

65 chillies? Are you sure?

65 chillies? Are you sure?

What is it with food and numbers? British ice-cream lovers have long debated the meaning of the 99 Flake, and in India we have our own mystery number in the popular Chicken 65.

There are nearly as many stories about the origin of the name as there are variations of this dish – every street restaurant in Southern India will have their own “secret” version to tempt in diners.

The only thing agreed on is that it is a delicious snack of diced chicken marinated in Southern Indian spices and deep fried – with chilli up front and garlic and ginger adding richness.

But as for the name? Take your pick, from the believable to the bizarre:

  • It was originally made from a chicken cut into 65 pieces
  • The original recipe called for 65 chillies
  • The chicken used should be 65 days old
  • The chicken is marinated for 65 days
  • It was the 65th dish on a menu for army officers..

In fact, you could probably come up with your own version of the story.. just add the number 65!

The most likely story – though unconfirmed – is that the dish was popularised by chef AM Buhari, a pioneer in the South Indian food industry. The dish is said to have first appeared on the menu at Buhari Hotel restaurant in Chennai (then Madras) in.. 1965!

Certainly the chef is credited with making the dish popular and Mr Buhari was made Sheriff of Madras in 1973, a high honour given to people who have excelled in their field.

Once you taste Chicken 65 you’ll appreciate why it is a dish worthy of honouring, whatever the true story of its name.

 

Chai St debuts in Michelin Guide 2016

Michelin-Guide-2016We’re delighted to have been listed in the latest edition of the Michelin Guide – the world’s leading restaurant guide.

Michelin praise our “vibrant” restaurant and the quality and value of our food in their 2016 guide to Great Britain and Ireland. The guide lists the best restaurants in the UK, based on inspection from Michelin’s highly-regarded team of expert reviewers.

Recognition from the Michelin Guide comes less than a year after we re-opened in Cowbridge Road East, and follows us being named as one of Wales’s top restaurants by WalesOnline.

Chai Street co-owner Ajit Kandoran said: “The Michelin Guide really is the ultimate restaurant guide so we’re delighted to be listed in there.”

 

Chai Street named as one of Wales’ best

Chai Street has been named as one of the top 45 restaurants in Wales by the WalesOnline website.

The online magazine praised us for our “beautifully authentic Indian street food in a unique setting” when listing us as one of the best places to eat in the country.

Chai Street co-owner Ajit Kandoran said: “It is great to see Chai Street getting recognised so soon after re-opening.

“The restaurant and our menu of the best Indian street food has been a big hit with our customers, and its good to see this reflected in the press”.

Chai St – The Word is Out

The word continues to spread about Chai Street.  Already we have seen Chai St listed in Trivago’s new blog: checkin.trivago.co.uk as part of their “The best places to eat in Cardiff: the ultimate foodies’ guide”.

The Mirror newspaper has published a list of best value and tasty places to eat in Cardiff and included Chai St as a must visit.

@MichelinGuideUK cheeky tweet about Chai St's "new rules".

@MichelinGuideUK cheeky tweet about Chai St’s “new rules”.

And we loved @MichelinGuideUK cheeky tweet about us:

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AM drops by to learn of our vision for Cardiff as a foodie destination

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives and AM for South Wales Central region Andrew Davies stopped by at Chai St yesterday. Andrew and his assistant Vince were eager to check out Chai St after hearing about our re-opening in Cowbridge Road East in the media and on social media.

Andrew was interested to learn of Chai St and Mint and Mustard’s achievement in pioneering the introduction of Southern Indian cuisine in Wales and the UK.  Andrew supports #CardiffCityFoodieHeaven – our vision for helping to put Cardiff on the map for foodies from around the world.  Read more

“They say the best things come to those who wait”

Chai Street by Mint and Mustard After a two-year break, Cardiff’s popular Indian street food restaurant Chai St, by Mint and  Mustard, is returning by popular demand at a new central location.

Chai St closed in 2012 when the main Whitchurch Road Mint and Mustard restaurant  needed to expand to deal with rising demand for its award-winning cuisine.

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Chai St is back and better than ever

Chai St – the award-winning Indian street food restaurant from Mint and Mustard – has returned to Cardiff.

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