AM Andrew R.T. Davies making time for Chai Street


Welsh Assembly Member Andrew Davies visited Chai Street, keen to learn how the Cardiff-based independent chain is growing its unique vision of Indian street food in the City.

Andrew champions small businesses and the food and drink sector in Wales, which has helped Cardiff become a foodie capital. Indian street food is seeing a popularity boom in the UK. Cardiff certainly can’t get enough of Indian street food and Chai Street is now opening more outlets to meet demand. With the spices and tastes of the subcontinent coupled with fresh local craft ales and beers, the menus at Chai Street bring through the benefits of superfoods like jackfruit and turmeric in innovative dishes.

Chai Street is inspired by the tea shops of Cochin, which are places you dropped in to have a cup of tea (and perhaps something a bit stronger as well), a bite to eat and a convivial chat. You turned up and sat on the communal benches, Postwoman and Judge, Labourer and Business man, all cheek by jowl.  Families ordered Thalis and refills of tea while matters of state were debated at the next table.   Chai Street brings this taste of the Malabar coast, natural flavours of fresh coconut oil and pepper, the friendships formed as you await your next helping of Biryani.

Chai Street has grown a legion of fans over the years and now has outlets in Canton, St Mary’s and Cardiff Bay with plans for future Chai Streets in the pipeline.  For instance, Canton Bowls Club ladies Bernise, Carol and Josie have been regularly visiting Chai Street since they first opened.  Close ties have developed between the Ladies and the staff of Chai Street and this has led to Chai Street’s head Chef creating a dish (Chicken Bernise) in honour of one of them.  This new dish: Chicken Bernise is a variation of the famous Chicken 65 dish – it is crisp and juicy and goes a treat with our Welsh ales.

Andrew said:

“It was a pleasure to visit Chai Street and have the chance to try some of the wonderful food they have on offer.  Not only is the quality exceptional – but they also have an admirable spirit and ethos – showing how communities can bond over a love of good food.”

Chai Street’s Mathew Mazhuvanchery said: “We are delighted to welcome back Andrew to Chai Street, who visited us when we had only one outlet, now with three Chai Streets in Cardiff we have plans to open more.  Chai Street’s success is driven by its loyal customers, who have taken Chai Street to their hearts.”



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