Have you ever entered a place that makes you smile instantly? Not because of the high-end décor or fancy items… just by being completely simple and welcoming?
That is how I felt when I entered Chai Pe Charcha. I had walked almost a kilometre in the hot sun coz there is no parking bandwidth on this part of the road. But the moment I entered, I just smiled. The place is very simple but yet colourful. Graffiti lines the walls, with small sticky notes by people who loved the place and left a mark. Some five-six tables, with colourful chairs, small tea glasses and kettles serve as bulb holders and are hung from the ceiling. Walls are decorated with the same. The table tops have board games under the glass top with a small tin box containing coins and dice for these games. Just damn homely!
The place is super light on the pocket, with some delicious options. One can enjoy a yummy bowl of Maggi while fighting over it in a game of Snakes & Ladders. It is especially a go-to place if you want some decent north Indian food or bun-maska and chai. The Lower Parel outlet is located opposite Kamla Mills with a hard to miss yellow board stating its name in an even vibrant green.
We tried Gulkand Bun Maska which was just delicious! Soft bun with the right quantity of Gulkand, loved this one!
The Punjabi Combo – which has a paratha of choice served with curd & pickle and a glass of delicious Chass. We tried Gobi Paratha, Aloo Paratha, Paneer Paratha and Pyaz Paratha.
Pyaz Paratha was delicious, filled with a generous quantity of onion based stuffing, just perfect to be had with the curd or pickle, or alone! Even the Aloo Paratha was delicious. Gobi Paratha was much on the drier side, although topped with a dollop of butter… this one did not make our taste buds very happy. Paneer Paratha is another must have here, with loads of paneer and chillies,a perfect combination of yummy and spicy!
Meri Wali Maggi was the regular masala Maggi, served hot. Who can not like it?
Overall Experience: Perfect. Delicious food, pocket-friendly prices and a decent ambience.
Service – It is a self-service joint.
The Battle: Where there is Maggi, there are fights. There always are! Period.