Artwork for Top Banner 1 - PMF Late night
Artwork for Top Banner 2 - PMF Late night

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.



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.

IMG_6138

As far as Indian chaat or street food goes, Colombo doesn't really have anything besides the Chaat Corner that hits the mark. They've got a very wide menu, puris, bhajis, samosas (north Indian style), biriyani - and also a longass range of paneers, curries and sweets that only people who've lived in India will be familiar with. So we're glad there's this one place that seems to specialize in the stuff, if you're the type who happens to miss India's roadside vendors.

The Food

In terms of quality, these folks are pretty legit - the recipes, like the small family that owns the restaurant, hail from Gujarat itself. It's basically like snacking at an Indian roadside, except this place has A/C and it's definitely plenty cleaner so you don't have to worry about Delhi Belly.

IMG_6115

We got a nice combo of dahi puri, alu paratha, samosa chaat and a glass of mango lassi to wash it all down. Everything we ordered was curiously priced at Rs. 200 each, which is a little much for some things like the paratha dish (just one paratha and three sauces) but a good deal for plates like the dahi puri.

The dahi puri was our favourite. One bite and you get this rush of sweet flavours - yoghurt, tamarind, masala, crunchy murukku type stuff (sev) - savoury and sweet at the same time, a cooling snack on a hot day.

IMG_6123

The alu paratha is worth the mention though it cost 200 bucks. The alu, or potato, stuffed inside the paratha was spicy and tasted great with the sides of yoghurt, chutney and extra spicy chilli sauce. If you're a spice freak like me then you'll love trying out some of the things here that try to stay loyal to north Indian chilli-ridden recipes. If you're new to Indian street food, the nice lady in the kitchen will be glad to help you out.

IMG_6132

The samosa chaat is an explosion of spices and masalas, there's loads in there, from masalas to chutneys to chunks of savoury biscuit pieces. Definitely not for the uninitiated (people who aren't familiar with Indian street food will either be intrigued or overwhelmed), but especially if you're Indian this is going to take you back home for sure. The lassi wasn't as thick as the ones we're used to in Delhi but it was strongly flavoured.

Update: Since our initial visit to Indian Chaat corner, they've become one of our favourite snack joints and now they've introduced a few new dishes.


The sev puri (Rs. 200) is an absolute explosion of flavours, something I would glady sit down hammer. It has tomatoe, onion, cucumber, pineapple, coriander, potato and one killer tamarind sauce, all of it somehow on one plate with the puri.


The chicken thawa masala (Rs. 400) was the first meat dish we tried from them and it was solid. This is more or less a proprietary recipe by the lady at Indian Chaat corner which is  like cross between a tandoori and masala chicken. It's served with potatoes cooked in a thick sauce which tastes very much like a western BBQ sauce, but with a bit of an Indian twist.


The chicken wrap (Rs. 250) is like a chicken burrito, only better since it's wrapped in a paratha. The filling is a mix of diced curry chicken and veges, but the flaky paratha wrap is what really sets this one apart.


The pakoda (Rs. 200) were also tasty, if a bit spicy. For those who haven't tried it before, it's basically a spicy vegetarian cutlet with potatoes, cauliflower and onions (well at least in this case those were the ingredients ). It's served with a spicy tomato, chilli and onion sauce which works well together.


Special mention for their mint and lime juice (Rs. 150) which is the best mint based beverage I've had in a while. I'm usually not a fan of mint based drinks since it can be so overpowering but in this case the balance of mint to lime was just right with the tanginess of the lime cutting through the mint.

Service & Ambience

IMG_6135

Like we said before, the Chaat Corner has improved its interior - there's rows of proper seats and the A/C is a relief from the hot sun outside. It still isn't the best place to eat though, the table is a little too high when you sit down, so you're better off doing take-away. The kitchen is in the next room and there's a sliding window which the owners peep through and ask you what you'd like and what not. Service is fast and hot-hot, and you'll have to get the stuff from the window yourself and return the plates the same way.

Conclusion

IMG_6118

The Indian Chaat Corner gets points for its long menu of choices, and its recipes that stick to original Indian ones probably more than any other place in Colombo. We don't know of other local spots that can give you gol gappa and manchoorian that so closely resemble the likes in India, so if you want authentic Indian street food here, this is as good as it gets.


TIP

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

Report Inaccuracy

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
User Reviews
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.

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.

Avatar for Malinthe
21

4/5

Malinthe YAMU STAFF

Rated 4/5

See 29 Comments