Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, even if it is served with a gin and tonic at 4:30pm. It is still as important.
Each time I want to go to the breakfast club in London something always goes wrong. It’s never a matter of reservations but of time. So this time I made sure I got there early enough to get seated but there was still a 20 minute wait. At 4 in the afternoon!
Good thing I was in London, Canary Wharf to be exact, there’s always somewhere to eat within a walking distance. Thanks to the waiting time at the Breakfast Club, I found a hidden gem right next door; Chai Ki.
For someone this might not be a hidden gem but I am from Leeds so you can forgive a girl for not knowing these hot spots.
Chai Ki is a modern Indian/Asian restaurant based in Canary Wharf. It takes a modern spin to the traditional Indian soul food. The restaurant is a decent sized, well decorated and intimate for all parties – plus the staff are very welcoming.
They had a very cute brunch menu from a full english which they call a Full Nashta to pancakes and bacon (which I ordered) with a side of himalayan ribs to cure the hangover from the night before.
Personally, I have always preferred to have a heavy breakfast and this was nothing short of perfection. The pancakes were divine, the flavour from the bacon and the maple syrup pancakes was parfect. Because the bacon was not overdone or salty, the taste was more of a sweet and sour infusion. The berries were not just for presentation. I have a sweet tooth but somethings are too much for me, although I got them so it made my breakfast seem healthier than it is they also worked really well by adding a little bit more of a flavour with the pancakes and bacon.
(Sorry not sorry for the shit picture of the ribs.)
I ordered the ribs because I was hungry, as I was ordering, I wasn’t thinking straight but I have no regrets! They were well seasoned and well cooked, I usually get BBQ’d ribs when I go out to eat so getting them was a risk.
I ate them with the pancakes just because. They were quite small but they were very meaty – if thats the word. All together the meal cost around £23.00 including the gin. Very worth it.
Safe to say I was satisfied with my meal and my visit to Chai Ki, it made up for the attempt to visit The Breakfast Club, maybe next time.