Chai is back in London

As part of the Darbar FestivalSouthbank Centre’s annual celebration of Indian Classical music –  Roti Chai’s ‘Chaat Shack & Chai Bar’ returns as restaurant-in-residence, from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 September. The pop-up shack will take over Festival Village, a great space hidden away underneath the Queen Elizabeth Hall and built by volunteers and local communities.

Darbar is the biggest festival of Indian classical music outside of India, and is unique in that it is the only festival in the world to bring together the two traditions of Indian classical music – Hindustani from the North and Carnatic from the South – so that audiences can experience both traditions together in concert. For 4 days, both ticketed and free Darbar events will be taking place throughout the Southbank Centre site.

Popular W1 Indian Street Kitchen, Roti Chai, has been invited by Southbank Centre and by Darbar founder, Sandeep Virdee, to be part of the Festival offering food and drink to complement the unique performances and events taking place.

The Roti Chai team has created a special menu for the Shack featuring chaat, street-inspired roti wraps and home-style masala chai. All perfect for lunch, afternoon tiffin or with a relaxing drink or two at the end of the day.

For those looking for something stronger, there is also a Festival drinks list featuring cocktails with an Indian twist including Darbar Iced Tea, Berry Bourbon and Pineapple Gin-Ji.

The Chaat Shack & Chai Bar will be open daytime and evenings to all visitors to Southbank Centre and to Darbar artists & attendees alike.