DUR­BAN RESTAU­RANT – ROTI & CHAI

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Ap­proach­ing Dur­ban’s vibey Flor­ida Road, we found our­selves in grid­lock traf­fic – on a Sun­day af­ter­noon. It turned out the cause of the jam was Roti & Chai! The restau­rant’s pop­u­lar­ity comes as a bit of a sur­prise, see­ing that the menu com­prises just a hand­ful of op­tions of what the eatery de­scribes as In­dian street food. And, yes, the food is served in such a way that makes it easy to eat right there on the street or at one of the tables set up in the din­ing space.

Try the gourmet parathas or one of the naan wraps – which are avail­able in four op­tions: tan­doori chicken, seekh ke­bab, pa­neer tikka masala and tan­doori prawn.

We opted for the pa­neer tikka masala and tan­doori chicken naans, but the pa­neer was sold out! We were as­sured that more was on the way, so we de­cided to wait. And, boy, were we glad we did!

The wraps were ex­traor­di­nar­ily good, with a mix of sub­tle but dis­tinct flavours and a de­cent yet not too hefty kick.

I snatched a few words with owner, San­desh Ram­per­sad, and learned that the con­cept of Roti & Chai is, in fact, not en­tirely In­dian. “It’s a fu­sion of in­flu­ences from north In­dia, south In­dia, the Mid­dle East and Nepal,” San­desh said. To my mind though, more than those ex­otic in­flu­ences, Roti & Chai fare tastes of pure Dur­ban: spicy, warm, re­laxed and en­tirely sat­is­fy­ing.

233 FLOR­IDA ROAD, DUR­BAN; 082 769 2289; ROTIANDCHAI.CO.ZA BY AN­DREA AB­BOTT

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