First late night street cafe opens in Chaiiwala

Fancy a good cup of chai?

Indian street food restaurant Chaiiwala has opened its first branch in Birmingham. It is the fourth Indian street cafe to open in Birmingham, following recent openings of Indico in Shirley, Zindiya in Moseley and Indian Brewery Company in Snowhill.

Chaiiwala at Ladypool Road focuses on a range of authentic teas. Described as offering “a sip of the east” as well as urban street food, Chaiiwala has four other locations in the UK, including two in Leicester. The cafe is open daily until midnight.

The men who prepare, sell and serve chai (tea) in the streets and small roadside stalls in India are known as Chaiwallahs.

According to Chaiiwala’s website, they make tea “using basic materials like water, milk, tea leaves that are infused to perfection with a skill and art passed down from generation to generation. . The chaiiwala perfects the art of tea ”.

Desi breakfast at Chaiiwala cafe

A spokesperson for Chaiiwala said: “Karak Chaii’s popularity has spread from its Indian heart to the Gulf States, where it is now one of the most popular daily drinks and is served all over the world.

“We are delighted to bring this unique dining experience to Birmingham.”

Along with specialty teas, the cafe serves masala chips, a Bombay sandwich – a grilled potato sandwich with cilantro and mint chutney, and special masala, chili paneer as well as paranthas and rotis. , including roti butter chicken.

But the cellar remains supreme. The most characteristic tea on the drink menu is Karak Chaii – “a strong tea also known as masala chai” – a mixture of black tea, milk, sugar and spices boiled in a saucepan over a fire. soft.

Chaiiwala on Ladywood Road is now open
Chaiiwala on Ladywood Road is now open

According to the company’s website, Chaiiwala “uses a 90-year-old secret family recipe” for her Karak Chai. If you’re not a tea fan, try Karak Coffee – the coffee equivalent of masala tea.

Other hot drinks include cinnamon chaii or chaii latte.

Chaiiwala at 410 Ladypool Road, B12 8JZ is open weekdays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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