Chaat has a lot going for it. It’s located in the hippest street in ultra-fashionable Shoreditch; it has a charming, engaging young female owner, Shanaz Khan; and unusually, it serves home-style Bangladeshi dishes, not the Anglo-Moghul cooking found in most Brick Lane curry houses.
This is simple fare: comfort food for British diners of Bangladeshi parentage. The menu’s aimed squarely at Shoreditch trendies, with five multiple-choice columns listing dishes in English translation. Keema was the pick of the main courses, the lamb mince pleasingly spiced with cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. Niramish, a Bengali vegetarian dish, lacked delicacy in flavour or texture. A shredded lentil and cabbage dish also lacked finesse, though we appreciated the ‘panch phoran’ Bengali spicing.
Dishes can suffer when they aim for the broadest appeal; a starter of paneer roti wrap, ‘rolled in crisp salad and a hot ’n’ herby mayo’, might have been the creation of a sandwich-chain focus group (looking good, but tasting bland). Not so the own-made dip using naga morich, the world’s hottest chilli on the Scoville scale, which fortunately has been diluted to make it palatable, and provides the right kick for milder dishes.
36 Redchurch Street
|Opening hours:||Meals served 6-11pm Mon-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail then bus 8, 388|
|Price:||Main courses £5-£6.95|
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Average User Rating
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Ate here today and the food, hospitality and beverages was far over expectation. Lovely aubergine dish and menu. recommend itit strongly.
I've been to Chaat several times, its got a great ambiance for dinning and the food is superb. I'd say that the most outstanding thing about this place is just how accommodating the owners are.. We're never kept waiting between courses and they are always quick to attend to our requests. Chaat is what city restaurants used to be like.. Always a great dine out! 10 out of 10.
Just delicious food that has that lovely home-cooked feel to it. Shanaz is always so sweet and friendly. A regular favourite. Especially love the Keema and Cauliflower and aubergine dishes.
The restaurant itself is nice. It has nice decor! It is unusual for a Bengali restaurant to look like Chaat, and that makes the place different and exciting compared to others. We went there on the 30th April 2013. The staff were generally friendly. However, we were very disappointed by the food. We ordered 2 starters; prawn and an aubergine. The prawn one was described on the menu as been served with chapatti, however when the dish was brought out, we did not get chapatis, in fact we got tortillas which was passed of as chapattis! We were very disappointed with this. The prawns were those small tiny cheap prawns you get in Iceland. The sauce was bland. The aubergine dish was ok but nothing special. The mains we ordered were a beef curry and fish kofta. The beef curry was not nice. It had too much jeera powder in it and no real taste. Again we made the mistake of ordering chapattis and we were served with Tortillas instead. The kofta was bland and not nice. We were very disappointed as we went there after seeing good reviews on internet. The reviews here does not reflect the quality of the food at all. The food is over priced for what you get. You can get much better food for cheaper price in most high street bengal restaurants around mile end.
This critic's review is unfortunate because Chaat is a LOVELY place to eat in Shoreditch. Shanaz is warm and friendly and the food is delicious. Book ahead because it gets packed, especially on the weekend. The Owl and the Pussycat next door is a great place to get a drink before.
chat is amazing: cozy, intimate, clean and the food delicious; a great education to us londoners about good and tasty bangladeshi food, cooked with love, like in a home kitchen. shanaz is one of the most polite and delightful individuals, always there, serving modestly and with a smile. no bravado there. just quality and passion. gently.
A wonderful addition to South Asian eating in the area. The food and the decor is simple and elegant, a kind of modernist comfort dining. Highly recommended.
We had a really lovely night here on Saturday - great atmosphere & staff etc and the food was simply incredible. Thoroughly recommend it but make sure you book ahead.
I had a stupendous aubergine curry, with spinach rice, and a delicious side order of okra! Very pleasant atmosphere and staff. Highly recommended!
I live locally and we repeatedly return to eat in and take away - would recommend to anyone - good food, good staff and lovely ambient.