A very lovely little burger

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London’s burger craze is a couple of years old now, and as far as we’re concerned, our grand old city is all the better for its latest obsession. While three visits to Shake Shack in its opening month do not a burger connoisseur make (what about those cheesy fries though hey?), we do have a top tip for a detour from the classic beef, cheese, lettuce and tomato combo. It is Roti Chai’s Indian-style bun kebab – quite possibly one of the most delectable burger offerings in town. A soft, fluffy bun with a superbly spiced lamb patty, accompanied by mint chutney, pomegranate seeds, and slivers of sweet green peppers. Do skip the tamarind sauce it comes with – it’s a bit obliterative of all other taste sensations. The burgers are politely sized, so you’ll need a few accompaniments.

Roti Chai is made up of two parts – the Street Kitchen on the ground floor, and a more formal Dining Room in the basement. We often find ourselves in the former, where the menu is well worth exploring. Our culinarily-hard-to-please Lahori friends actually gave thanks for the papri chaat and the bhel puri. We’ve happily enjoyed the chicken lollipops on various occasions, and a recent Eid lunch turned up the delightful shahi vegetable pulao, and rajma chicken. The masala chai is also full-bodied, but not so much that it kicks you in the back of your throat on its way down.

Roti Chai is nestled just off the west side of Selfridges, at 3 Portman Mews South, London W1 (nearest tube – Bond Street/ Marble Arch), and is a perfect pit-stop/ end to harried shopping trips to Oxford Street. The chicken and lamb is halal.

See their website here.

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