Set just behind Canary Wharf in Crossrail Place, Chai Ki is a delightful halal restaurant open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. It offers a modern take on Indian dishes with traditional mouth tingling flavours. Located on the North Dock, Chai Ki can be reached via Fishermans Walk or through Adams Place by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
One late Sunday morning after finally figuring out how to reach the restaurant, I strolled in to a quiet Chai Ki and was seated looking out across the sophisticated eatery towards the kitchen. Handed a recovery brunch menu, I marvelled at the delightful range on offer from the juices made up of guava and coconut, to chicken and chaat. Too early for me to be enticed by anything with garam masala in it, I went for the buttermilk pancakes.
Shortly after ordering, a stack of three pancakes made with chaas buttermilk, blueberries, honey and maple syrup were placed in front of me. In awe of the sweet smell, I dived in and was tantalised by the flavours which hit me. The sweetness of the syrup balanced by the subtleness of the blueberries. Bite after bite I couldn’t stop tucking in to the most satisfying pancakes I have ever tasted. Combined with a pot of house blend tea made up of Assam, Nilgiri & Darjeeling, it was a thoroughly enjoyable breakfast.
Fulfilled by the pancakes, I sat back to admire the beautiful interior of the restaurant. Broken up into sections for lunch time eating with bar stools on one side; and an evening restaurant section looking out onto the water of the docks, this is a very contemporary place to dine out and is a must visit!
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Address: Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AR
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm and Sun 10am-10pm
Is it Halal? Yes
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