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Chaiiwala (Indian) – Coventry Road, Birmingham

HALAL STATUS Fully Halal

breakfast Chaii Wala Indian Halal restaurant Coventry Road Birmingham

breakfast Chaii Wala Indian Halal restaurant Coventry Road BirminghamChaiiwala have been rather busy in recent years, particularly in Birmingham where they launched two only last year.

Of these, it was their 14th branch, which opened this past April on Coventry Road in Small Heath, that we chose for our first review (as well as the fact that someone had already contributed a Your Say review of the Ladypool Road branch).

Of course, what makes Birmingham a good choice, unlike London, is that, on average, one can save around 25% in comparison.

This fully Halal restaurant has a seating capacity of 28, and offers a simple menu that revolves around the Chaiiwala – a tea artist or master craftsman of tea (known as Chai in the Indian sub-continent) – who works towards perfecting the art of tea making.

DRINKS

(Left-right) Ice Chaii £2.50, Rose Falooda £2.50, Limbu Pani £2.00

A solid start, with a trio of beverages that were all distinctly good. The ice tea Chaiiwala-style was cold and refreshing, and ensured that depth of flavour so distinct of a well made brew. A must for ice tea aficionados.

And we can fully understand why the Rose Falooda is the cafe’s best seller. With whipped cream on top, which we enjoyed mixing in with the falooda, and the rose water coming through as it should, this was the best one had on the night.

Being a lemon-based drink, the Limbu pani was tart, but not overly so, with the sweetness of the sugar helping to make this a balanced one.

DESI BREAKFAST

breakfast Chaii Wala Indian Halal restaurant Coventry Road Birmingham Desi Breakfast £4.95 - Masala omelette, masala beans or daal, two classic roti or toast and karak chaii

Desi Breakfast – Masala omelette, masala beans or daal, two classic roti or toast and karak chaii, £4.95

We were expecting more of the robust flavours and spices of India that make an authentic Desi Breakfast so memorable. Instead, while this was well executed, it was simple, despite being great value for money at just £4.95!

Karak ChaiiMasala omeletteRotiMasala BeansDaal
breakfast Chaii Wala Indian Halal restaurant Coventry Road Birmingham Karak Chaii

Karak Chaii £1.60

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As a blend of black tea, milk, sugar and spices, which have all been boiled and boiled on a low heat to develop some level of depth, this Karak Chaii might possibly be the best we’ve ever had. The balance achieved between the spices and the hit of the fragrant cardamom was something to behold. Superb!

egg breakfast Chaii Wala Indian Halal restaurant Coventry Road Birmingham

A simple omelette with scatterings of peppers and tomato here and there. The spices and seasoning, however, were minimal.

roti breakfast Chaii Wala Indian Halal restaurant Coventry Road Birmingham

These pair of roties were well made. However, we would have preferred the richer buttered versions (this must be the healthy approach), particularly with the duo of daals.

breakfast Chaii Wala Indian Halal restaurant Coventry Road Birmingham

Beans for breakfast we understand; but beans with roti?! No! An unusual combination. As for the beans, then nothing much to speak of.

breakfast Chaii Wala Indian Halal restaurant Coventry Road Birmingham

The daal is unusual in that it delivers on the same taste as the beans. Nevertheless, this is probably the better option to have with the roti.

STREET FOOD

samosa breakfast Chaii Wala Indian Halal restaurant Coventry Road Birmingham

Vegetable Samosa Cone x5 with sticky tamarind sauce £2.50

samosa Chaii Wala Indian Halal restaurant Coventry Road BirminghamYour standard vegetable samosas that are served in a cone with plenty of newspaper to boot.

Size-wise, they’re small, and offer a crispy exterior.

On the inside, there’s plenty of peas, some potatoes, and a touch of masala.

Otherwise, this is what it is: standard vegetable samosas.

breakfast Chaii Wala Indian Halal restaurant Coventry Road Birmingham

Pav Bhaji – Mixed vegetables in spices, served with onions on soft bread, £3.50

Chaii Wala Indian Halal restaurant Coventry Road BirminghamChaiiwala do try to be inventive; but for us, again it’s way too simple!

And this is how we’d sum this up: Make-your-own-toast, with a side of curry and a bowl of diced onions.

As such, the mixed vegetables comprised of a lightly spiced tomato base.

Mixing this with the onions and having it with the bread, culminated in a rather forgettable meal.

sandwich Chaii Wala Indian Halal restaurant Coventry Road Birmingham

Bombay Sandwich – grilled potato sandwich with a coriander-mint chutney, £2.50

What to say of a cheese and potato sandwich that’s been grilled?

The only thing to speak of here was the coriander mint chutney!

kebab roll Chaii Wala Indian Halal restaurant Coventry Road Birmingham Kebab Roll

Kebab Roll – Hyderabadi kebabs chargrilled chicken seekh, £3.00

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This is where we really took some notice of the food.

This Kebab Roll was a new addition to the menu, and whose succulent chicken kebab, onions and mint chutney, all wrapped up in a soft paratha, not only made this easily the best hot dish of the review, but possibly one of the best kebab rolls going at this price.

chips fries casawa breakfast Chaii Wala Indian Halal restaurant Coventry Road Birmingham

Masala Chips – Potatoes peeled and cut into chips and marinade with masala sauce, £2.00

Soggy masala chips are never good thing. In this case, they were made worse by the overwhelming nature of the masala itself.

Chaii Wala Indian Halal restaurant Coventry Road Birmingham

Chilli Paneer – Delicious cottage cheese chunks in a tangy sauce topped with onions and peppers, £3.95

While the tangy sauce on these rubbery-cum-tough paneer cubes was decent enough, there wasn’t anything chilli about these. Requires a major rethink, we’d say.

DESSERTS

dessert cake Chaii Wala Indian Halal restaurant Coventry Road Birmingham

Chocolate Chai Mousse £3.50

How good was this dessert? Not only did this Chocolate Chai Mousse have a beautifully smooth, velvety texture, but it had a deep, rich and satisfying chocolatiness to it that we really enjoyed.

And though it’s true that the chai was simply drowned out by the strength of the chocolate, we’d still recommend this all the way.

dessert cake Chaii Wala Indian Halal restaurant Coventry Road Birmingham Gajar Halwa Cheesecake

Gajar Halwa Cheesecake £3.50

And if the above was good, then this Gajar (carrot) Halva Cheesecake may have been even better!

In fact, it ought to be renamed a lemon cheesecake, since the carrots were pretty much non-existent. But, given the perfect texture of the cheesecake, we’d recommend this just as much as the above, even if it might constitute false advertising of sorts.

THE ROAR
Chaiiwala
3 FTL's Roar
2.5 Pride's Roar (1 Roar)
Alcohol/ Pork?
  • NO/ NO
FSA HYGIENE RATING
Last Checked: 11/01/19
Facilities
  • DISABLED FACILITIES
  • DELIVEROO
  • UBER EATS
Summary
The menu offered by Chaiiwala is both simple and relatively traditional. As a matter of fact, we'd go so far as to say that they aren't trying to be bold with their flavours. As such, this menu ought to be agreeable to most palates.

At the same time, however, while we're confident that they won't be winning any curry awards, their kebab roll certainly deserves a shout out and, of course, what they're presumably known for, their chai.

Menu Recommendation

Drink - Karak Chai or Rose Falooda

Main - Kebab Roll

Dessert - Any of the two cheesecakes

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Chaiiwala – Coventry Road
437 Coventry Road, Small Heath, Birmingham B10 0TH.

T: +44 (0)121 389 5000 | W: chaiiwala.co.uk | E: info@chaiiwala.co.uk

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 08:00-00:00 | Sat-Sun 09:00-00:00

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