Is Chaiiwala worth the visit?


The most awaited famous Chaiiwala recently opened a branch in London, Walthamstow, and now off Green Street, Forest Gate. I paid a visit to Chaiiwala yesterday for a late evening with my family and already it was filled with people turning up even at night. They are definitely living up to their expectations from Leicester after finally opening their first-ever branch in London.

Ever since it opened, people have still been really excited about it, giving them a spot to relax and enjoy some breakfast. A small spacious cafe, but gets filled very quickly with family, friends, and couples.


An ideal place to start your day with a typical desi breakfast or during tea time. A menu of plenty to pick from, containing hot and cold drinks like Karak chai, hot chocolate, falooda, an all-day breakfast, and much more to pick from. Another ideal part I found was the fact it was not that pricey as the most expensive item on the menu was just under £5.

Chaiiwala Menu

After deciding among us what to eat, we all finally decided to order our food choices. I opted for a 'Desi Breakfast' which included a masala omelette, masala beans, and 2 classic rotis with Karak chai.

My brother-in-law ordered the same dish but with daal and my little nephew had the butter chicken roll, which was chicken pieces wrapped in a roti.

All Day Breakfast (Desi Breakfast)

Desi Breakfast (£4.95) with Masala Beans

Desi Breakfast (£4.95) with Daal

The above was what we ordered by mixing and matching with the beans and daal.

Although I was not a fan of masala beans, I loved the daal with roti, it felt just like home food. Therefore, I ate most of the daal and left the beans for my brother-in-law and sister to finish off.

Bombay Sandwich

Bombay Sandwich (£2.25)

The Bombay sandwich was such a soft, warm sandwich filled with potato, coriander-mint, chutney & special to give that extra flavour and taste. I enjoyed this as I'm not a huge fan of spicy food, so it's just about right.

Desi Breakfast £8.50

When we visited the Blackburn branch recently we ordered two separate breakfast items. One of them being the desi breakfast. This was a masala omelette with masala beans, daal or chana with your choice of two classic rotis/parathas/toast and a karak chaii or karak coffee. Therefore we chose paratha as they had no toast available. Alongside the infamous karak chaii.

Breakfast at Chaiiwala
Breakfast at Chaiiwala

English-ish Breakfast £9.50

The English-inspired breakfast, on the other hand, was the other breakfast option. A masala omelette with two slices of toast, two lamb bacon rashers, two sausages, and masala beans. Although they were out of bread when I placed my order, we substituted those for paratha. The omelette went well with the masala beans.

Is Chaiiwala worth the visit?

Masala Chips

Masala Chips (£2.00)

I think everyone who pays a visit to Chaiiwala loves these masala chips, therefore I had to taste these and they did not disappoint. These Masala Chips were really tasty but very soft and soggy to pick up although all of us enjoyed dipping in them.

Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji (£3.00)

For the vegetarian people, there is an option for a delicious homemade curry made with mixed vegetables served with spice and soft bread.

Chocolate Chai Mousse

Chocolate Chaii Mousse

A sweet tooth that we were, we did not leave without tasting a dessert, so we shared a Chocolate Chai Mousse with all of us. The Halwa cheesecake is apparently meant to be strong as told by one of the waiters, so we opted for the chai mousse instead. A chocolate lover that I am, I enjoyed this, not your very soft dessert, but an ordinary chocolate mousse.

My nephew opted for a Nutella wrap from the dessert menu, which was a Nutella spread across a roti and wrapped into a roll.

Karak Chai

Karak Chai with Cinnamon (£1.95)

Now, this was what I was waiting to have from Chaiiwala. Not your normal English breakfast, but a Karak chai with cinnamon had an extra-strong scent and the taste was just perfect to end our meal. If this was near my workplace I would be having this now and then as it was delish!!

Pav Bhaji
Pav Bhaji
Cup of Chai at Chaiiwala
Cup of Chai at Chaiiwala

There is now a new item on the menu, which is the Iced Karak Chaii. This was really good and different from ordinary tea.


Overall, our bill came to just over £25 amongst the four of us, which is pretty reasonable I have to say as we ordered a lot. Although it's open all day, this place is more reasonable to visit during morning breakfast or your 4 o'clock tea time snack. Service-wise, we only had to wait 5-10 minutes for our food to arrive but we had to remind them of our teas as they had forgotten due to a large queue of orders.

Opening Times:

Weekends: 9am-1am
Weekdays: 7:30am-11pm

Food: 6/10
Service: 7/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Price: 9/10
Presentation: 7/10
Overall 7.2/10

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  1. Manu
    20/05/2023 / 6:42 PM

    I went to ilford chaiiwala the pototo bhajiya was very very oily not able to eat service very bad they even do not clean table

  2. Chandra
    20/05/2023 / 6:37 PM

    Potatoes bhajiya very very oily can not be eatable service is very bad they do not clean tablethis is in ilford so be careful

  3. Celina
    17/07/2022 / 10:12 PM

    This is going to be my go to place for every thing... heaven for chai lovers love everything about this place . Thank you Aman for assisting us so well !

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