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4/5

Indian Chaat Corner

No. 03, 32nd Lane, Wellawatta


Indian Chaat Corner is a tiny barely-noticeable restaurant that specializes in Indian street food. The chaat is still pretty good, and they've got a nicer interior now.



While Sri Lanka has successfully tried its hand at many a cuisine, chaats are somehow not our forte. For the homesick Indian, there are few places to which you can dart for a bit of home cooked cheer in the form of a bhel puri.

The Indian Chaat Corner is possibly the only establishment in Colombo dedicated to serving chaat - a barely there little joint on Haig Road, it serves a complete spectrum of the crunchy roadside canapé: paani puri, dahi puri, sev puri, etc. For those unfamiliar with the cuisine, chaat is a term used to denote the savoury bite sized dishes served from carts on Indian roadsides. These tend to consist of crunchy biscuity bases flavoured with coriander, onions, tamarind and masala, often sprinkled with sev (tiny crispy yellow noodle like things) and ladled with yoghurt or a watery tamarind mixture. Most of the different names indicate something of a variation on these ingredients.

Consisting of a small, slanting room with plastic chairs, the Indian Chaat Corner seems to resemble the back of someone's kitchen - which I think it essentially is. However, don't be put off by the shoddy interior. While the place looks a little bit bare and unfinished, the food is excellent and so is the service. Run by a charming family - who each take turns to explain the menu and suggest items - the service is so warm that you can't help wanting to go back.

And there's no reason why you wouldn't. The chaats and pakoras here are excellent - the pakoras in particular. Cooked right in front of you, these cutlet-like vegetable balls are encased in a crispy golden batter; they turn up piping hot, lashed with a slightly sweet brown sauce. The crunch of the outer batter sinks into the softness of the cutlety centre. It's slightly different from your usual pakora, but it's delicious. The puris are packed with shooting flavour as well - the tongue passes from the tart notes of tamarind to the smooth sweetness of the yoghurt as the teeth crunch through the puri. This is one of the city's most decent attempts at Indian street food.

If you find the menu confusing (what's the difference between a bhel puri and a sev puri? What's a pav bhaji?), don't worry. The family is incredibly friendly and obliging - and they'll probably explain the items to you before you can even ask.

While the Indian Chaat Corner may be lacking that special oopmh you get from the palm juice of a roadside Indian vendor, this is good, and more importantly clean, food. Have a visit and support a sweet, family run establishment. Also, enjoy some chaat, it's fun to eat.

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Opening and closing times are erratic, though they're generally open do call before going.
All Reviews

The Indian Chaat Corner's been one of our favourite spots for affordable, spicy, and different-from-the-usuals food.

Indian Chaat Corner is a tiny barely-noticeable restaurant that specializes in Indian street food. The chaat is still pretty good, and they've got a nicer interior now.

While Sri Lanka has successfully tried its hand at many a cuisine, chaats are somehow not our forte. For the homesick Indian, there are few places to which you can dart for a bit of home cooked cheer in the form of a bhel puri.

සිංහල ඉන්දියාවේ හැමතැන ම පොඩි පොඩි පෙට්ටි කඩ, කරත්තවල තියෙන කඩචෝරු ‌කොළඹ දි කන්න.

සිංහල ඉන්දියන් චාට් කෝර්නර් එක කියන්නේ යමු එකේ අය සෑහෙන්න ආසාවෙන් කන්න ගිය තැනක්

සිංහල Indian Chaat Corner is a tiny barely-noticeable restaurant that specializes in Indian street food. The chaat is still pretty good, and they've got a nicer interior now.

සිංහල ලංකාවේ සූපවේදියෝවිවිධ විදේශීය භෝජන වර්ග සාර්ථකව පිසිනමුත් චාට් නම් සාර්ථකවෙලා නැහැ. චාට් කියන්නේ ඉන්දියාවේ වීදි අද්දර කෑම කරත්ත විසින් පිරිනමනු ලබන ජනප්‍රිය වීදි ආහාරයක් වන සැර හා ලුණු රසමුසු ප්‍රණීත කැවිල්ලක්. ගෙදර ගැන සිතමින් ලතවන ඉන්දියානුවන් වෙනුවෙන් ගෙදර හැදූ බෙල් පුරි පිරිනමන තැන්නම් කීපයක් තිබෙනවා.

Address

No. 03, 32nd Lane, Wellawatta

Directions

Drive a little way past the Wellawatta Market and 32nd Lane is onto your left. The Chaat corner is at a residence a few metres in onto your left.

Contacts

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Open 10AM to 9PM daily

Cuisine

North Indian

Price Range

Between Rs. 200 - Rs. 500

Dish Types

Tandoori Lassi

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
3
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User Reviews
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1

3/5

0

Lankan

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Food were very cheap (in price) and orders served pretty quickly. Place is run by a couple, and both of them can speak English very well. Found the food we ordered were really tasty on the 1st day. Quiet place.

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We went there 2 days within a week, as we found the food were tasty on the first day. But the 2nd day wasn't same as the first.
We found the food bit unclean on the 2nd day. Or it could be the odor in the room.
Both days we found the place fairly empty. On the first, only two of us were dining. Second day, ourselves and another few girls.
My daughter had to use the restroom, so they passed through the cooking area. And complained the 'backstage' was quite unclean and their faces looked unpleased.
Eventually, it was decided we'd not go there again.

L
1

3/5

0

Lankan

+
Food were very cheap (in price) and orders served pretty quickly. Place is run by a couple, and both of them can speak English very well. Found the food we ordered were really tasty on the 1st day. Quiet place.

-
We went there 2 days within a week, as we found the food were tasty on the first day. But the 2nd day wasn't same as the first.
We found the food bit unclean on the 2nd day. Or it could be the odor in the room.
Both days we found the place fairly empty. On the first, only two of us were dining. Second day, ourselves and another few girls.
My daughter had to use the restroom, so they passed through the cooking area. And complained the 'backstage' was quite unclean and their faces looked unpleased.
Eventually, it was decided we'd not go there again.

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