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In their native Kerala, toddy shops are routinely set in makeshift shacks, but you’ll find this one occupying a concrete shell amid the soaring canyons of Canary Wharf. It’s the drinking den attached to Chai Ki (Roti Chai’s Docklands sibling), and the sleek, post-industrial decor is as slickly sewn together as the clientele’s Armani suits. Nevertheless, both drinks and street food here successfully evoke the subcontinent. Order the house toddy (Ceylon Arrack, pineapple, and milky, spiced masala-chai tea); a Red Mist (gin, red wine and grapes); or a G&T (Tanqueray Rangpur, cranberry juice, lime and tonic, £6.50), one of a selection of fruity takes on the classic sundowner. Breakfast on savoury pancakes, kedgeree or omelettes with a Mumbai-style Bloody Mary, and from noon tuck into tasty tiffin, made to share: aubergine, snow-pea and sweet-potato korma (£9.50), perhaps; or pulled pork shoulder, coconut, curry leaf and green chilli with Malabar paratha.
Canary Wharf modern Indian restaurant, Chai Ki, has launched a series of Monday Mash-Up special events pairing London brewed craft beers with dishes from its Chai Ki Toddy Shop bar menu. Kicking things off is a “Guerrilla Craft Beer” experiment highlighting a range of beers from Beavertown Brewery.Last night was the Monday Mash-Up premiere, which found me sidling up to the Toddy Shop bar for an eager taste of full flavoured sharing plates washed down with a smart selection of super tasty beers.
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Refreshing, delicious and absolutely uplifting when you are dreaming of a tropical holiday! A fruity, tropical twist to traditional lassi.In a glass simply mix 2 tablepoons yoghurt, 2 tablespoons milk, water and add some passion fruit seeds and refrigerate.This allows the subtle flavour of the passion fruit to infuse the lassi mix.
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