EAT, REVIEWS

New opening: Chai & Chapati, Luton

It’s fair to say the Luton food scene of late, just keeps on delivering! We’ve been crying out for an instagrammable foodie spot for so long and then two go and open in one week! What are the chances?

That’s right, if you haven’t heard about 50 Nine yet, then check out the review from my latest visit – it’s not to be missed! But less about that and more about Chai & Chapati…

I’d heard about this new spot through the grapevine and had absolutely no idea what Chai was, let alone Chapati. But the interior looked divine and the menu seemed rather exciting, so we popped down on Sunday afternoon to see what it was all about…

Located on the busy stretch of Bury Park High Street it can be tricky to park, but if you’re lucky enough to find yourself a spot outside like we did, class yourself as winning at life!

We’ve passed by a few times in the last couple of weeks and there’s always been a queue of customers outside, so it’s worth calling to reserve a table. Luckily we were able to walk in on Sunday, but if there’s more than two of you it’s certainly worth booking ahead.

With Instragrammable walls extending across two floors and plenty of stunning seating, Chai & Chapati is serious interior goals. I am simply obsessed with the heart shaped hanging lights, pink velvet chairs and not to mention the neon signs!

Let’s move onto the menu shall we? The choices were endless! The owner (I think), talked us through their specialities which includes breakfasts (East vs West), Chapati Rolls, Milk Cake and the famous Chai Tea.

We settled on five ‘Street Food’ dishes; Masala Chips, Pani Puri, Chilli Cheese Bites, Dynamite Chicken and Mango & Lime Chicken Wings. For drink, I ordered a non-alcoholic Strawberry Daquiri and Steven had a Coke because he was clearly being a bore.

The waitress also convinced me to try some Chai Tea and handed me a free sample, so I ended up ordering one as well because I am an over excited child who wanted to experience everything. For someone who hates the taste of British Tea, Chai Tea was deliciously sweet and aromatic. Totally recommend!

I feel like each dish really deserves its own personal review, so let’s go:

Dynamite Chicken: Unbelievable! It has a real kick to it. The blue cheese sauce is a welcome addition.

Masala Fries: Amazingly flavoursome but spicy as hell. Me on a spice scale: Lemon and herb girl over here!

Pani Puri: I literally cannot make up my mind about this one, do I like it? Do I not like it? Eating and drinking a shot of something at the same time is whole new experience that gave my mind and taste-buds serious confusion! They only know a shot glass to hold Tequila normally…so in a nutshell undecided.

Chilli Cheese Bites: Decent, also worth noting you get a small portion of fries with these. Winning.

Chicken & Mango Wings: I don’t eat chicken on the bone but Steven said they were good but really spicy. Worth noting: NOT the same level of heat as Nando’s Mango & Lime.

I have to say, I was really full and satisfied when we were finished. So much so, that I didn’t have any room for dessert! This is definitely one I’ll be revisiting very soon, with so much more to try!

My only negative was the lack of PPE worn by the waitresses compared to some other pubs and restaurants we’ve ate at recently, i.e no visors. However they were using the track & trace system!

Chai & Chapati, 187 Dunstable Rd, Luton LU1 1BT

Open 10am-12pm Sun-Thurs and 10am-1am Fri-Sat

https://www.instagram.com/chaiandchapatiuk

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