DURBAN RESTAURANT – ROTI & CHAI
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