The Chaat Co.

Growing up in a family that positively worshipped Indian cinema is one thing that most of us can relate to. And if there's one thing we've all learnt from the endless line of movies we've watched is that India has some of the best street food in the world. Colourful, messy and utterly delectable, Indian cinema worshipped street food and given how we live nowhere close to the country, we had close to no hope of tasting them without leaving the country to do so. 

That was until Indian Chaat Corner came into the scene. 3 years after the last time we paid them a visit comes to another chaat place to diversify our options of getting Indian Street food in Colombo; thus we present The Chaat Co. 

Ambience 

For a place that serves up street food, The Chaat Co is quite comfortable. We happened to drop in on a day that they were having a photo shoot at the restaurant which meant people walking everywhere carrying thing and looking for the light and plates of gorgeous looking food just lounging on random spaces of tables getting colder by the second. Nevermind that for a bit. 

With blue and white patterns adorning much of the space including most of the walls and some parts of the floor, blue and white tables and chairs and a side dedicated to the kitchen where you can see them preparing the food, it was quite nice. Unlike most places of the same genre, this was air-conditioned, and following the genre of food they serve, the place is busy. But, it's probably only because there was a shoot going on. It kinda fits tho. 

Food

The menu at The Chaat Co isn't very large and is very vegetarian. Comprising of a range of curries, bite type foods, rice and sweetmeats, it isn't huge. But there's range if not anything else. 

Coming under the side of chaat came the Sev Puri (Rs. 250). 6 bite-sized concoctions that can only be termed as the epitome of 'party in a bite' arrived in this one. Seriously though, spanning from sweet to sour to everything in between, it's impossible to describe and is all in all one of the best things you can eat. The base was a tad soggy which made us think that it wasn't as fresh as we would have liked, but it was impossible to really tell with everything that was going on on top of it. 

Onion, murukku, pomegranate, coriander, sauce and bunch of other ingredients we had no hope of figuring out what, this was brilliant. Nonetheless, we should warn you that given how much is going on, it's impossible to eat this on your own. Especially if you're gonna be ordering the Dahi Paapdi Chaat as well. 

The Dahi Paapdi Chaat (Rs. 270) was very similar to the Sev Puri. Following suit to accompany a multitude of flavours as the prior, the only thing that actually differed between the 2 dishes was the fact that this had a thick covering of very curdy yoghurt on top of it.

While the sev puri gave a more slightly fresh tone, this was a lot more creamy and tangy.  If you like the tang of curd, you're going to LOVE this. A definite recommend on our part. 

To balance out the excessive amounts of flavours we had just decided to devour, we decided to get a Jeera Rice to kick it down a notch. Coming in as a healthy serving of fluffy white rice tossed in oil and cumin seeds, it was wonderful. With a few sharp kicks a la coriander, the rice really was one of the simpler, nicer dishes we've had in a while. Plus, combined with the Dhal Tadka (Rs. 150) that was proposed by the server, it was superb. 

The Dhal Tadka to those of you who are wondering is basically just very tempered dhal curry. With bits of cumin, dried chilli and coriander joining the party, it was one of the nicest dhal curries ever. 

This is a horrendous picture of one of the 4 dessert options on the menu. The Malpua with Rabadi (Rs. 200) we found out was an Indian pancake that tasted and felt like a flat konda kavum with a condensed milk-based topping encasing the top. Not too sweet and slightly pulpy, this was lovely. It is a bit hard at the pancake part but the condensed milk part helped a lot. 

Drinks 

As for drinks, they don't have a lot. Maybe five or six options, but, nothing more. 

Pictured above: Masala Nibu (Left), Masala Tea (Right)

We got the Masala Nibu (rs. 200) and the Masala tea (Rs. 100). 

  • Taking a turn to a spicy version of lime juice, the Masala Nibu was sharp, tangy and quite refreshing. If you like me like lime and wouldn't mind the thambung hodi vibes it gives, you're gonna love it. 
  • The Masala Tea took a similar turn. With particularly sharp tinges of cardamon and cloves lacing through the tea, it was quite wonderful. With just the right amount of milk and flavour of tea accompanying the spices, we liked it.

Service 

Fast-paced and not all that friendly, the service at The Chaat Co was similar to the other restaurants in the area and we have nothing more to say about it, really. 

Conclusion 

Our experience at The Chaat Co was a success. The food was brilliant and had very few things to complain about as a whole. And even if we did have anything, the food helps overshadow it. We say go for it! 

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp

Highlights.

Latest.

KAMU.

7 Restaurants to dine in July 2022

By Shamrina Carim July hits a beautiful urge to try out different foods, events and

Highlights Kamu Yamu Guide

Hot Chook – all about that Chicken

By Hiruni Herath Service and Ambience The head chef at Hot Chook was very helpful

Highlights Kamu

A glistening night out at Colombo’s finest local bar!

By Shamrina Carim A Sri Lankan experiencing the magical inspiration of Sri Lanka in the

Kamu

Ceylon Curry Club – Sri Lankan Cuisine With a Twist

By Janani Vithanage Ceylon Curry Club, located in the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, is a

Kamu

The Delightful Indian Cuisine at Navaratna by Taj Samudra

Navaratna is an Indian Restaurant located in Taj Samudra Colombo. Taj Samudra is a 5-star

Kamu

10 Places to Get Sushi in Colombo

By Janani Vithanage A Japanese dish most often presented as vinegared sticky rice, seafood or

Highlights Kamu Yamu Guide

Trending.

Elvis the Sensationalist – the Movie Review

By Hiruni Herath The Movie If you’ve watched the movie trailer for Baz Luharmann’s Elvis,

Trending

Savor The Salt Of The Sea At Hilton Colombo

Fresh from the seafood markets to your table Colombo, Sri Lanka – 20th June 2022 – Partake

Trending

10 Types of Sri Lankans in Petrol Queues

By Janani Vithanage These days, spending time in the petrol queue is almost every Sri

Highlights Trending

Celebrating life with Perera & Sons

by Shamrina Carim Perera & Sons holds a privileged history of catering to the most

Highlights Trending

Before You Watch… Jurassic World Dominion

By Shamrina Carim The movie On a critic of honest opinions, Jurassic World Dominion is

Trending

Treats fit for a King at Ramada Colombo this Father’s Day!

Enjoy Father's Day special Grill, Lunch, Dinner, Deliveries, and Stays… This June 19th, we all

Trending

Yamu Guide.

7 Restaurants to dine in July 2022

By Shamrina Carim July hits a beautiful urge to try out different foods, events and

Highlights Kamu Yamu Guide

10 Places to Get Sushi in Colombo

By Janani Vithanage A Japanese dish most often presented as vinegared sticky rice, seafood or

Highlights Kamu Yamu Guide

The ideal skin care routine with Bio Oil

By Shanali Fernando Feeling overwhelmed, confused, and/or frustrated by the multitude of competing messages about

Highlights Yamu Guide

5 common causes of Dry Skin

The general cause of itchy, dry skin might seem like a no-brainer: It's a lack

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 Places to Watch the SL Vs. AUS ODI Matches

By Janani Vithanage Sri Lankan cricket may ot have been on its best footing over

Highlights Yamu Guide

5 Cooking Tips from Knorr

By Janani Vithanage Being a mother in today’s world is no easy task. From waking

Highlights Yamu Guide