We Found A Pinterest-Worthy, Bollywood-Themed Cafe Right Here In Besant Nagar

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Chai Galli is a retro-styled, Bollywood-themed vegetarian cafe that serves quick eats with their own twist, along with a whole variety of chai.

What Makes It Awesome

Chai Galli embraces its hipster personality with strong colourful non-uniform seating, old school Bollywood movie posters and quirky décor. Light fixtures made from cycle tire rims and tea glass chandeliers are just some of the eclectic items you’ll notice in their space. Massive glass windows allow for ample natural lighting during the day. All in all the whole vibe comes together to create a pleasing space that’s easy on the eye and also interesting enough to keep you coming back for more.

The entire menu is based on the Bombay street food experience along with a few other novel additions. Staples like the Vada Pav and the Aloo Paratha are among the fan favourites. My favourite, however, was the Mumbaiwaala Sandwich (INR 90) made with the unique Mumbai tadka.

The Classic Bun Maska and Nachos Platter were particularly delectable too. As for the beverage section, their large variety of chai will make tea lovers rejoice. With an entire page of tea varieties to choose from, you’re truly spoilt for choice. Examples include a Mumbaiwaali Chai (INR 110) that come with a dash of mint and Darjeeling Soda and China Rose. There’s also a drink named Chai Galli Special with sour Hibiscus, ginger, and mint for INR 120. I like my tea milky and went with the classic cutting chai which I was pleasantly surprised to find, came with a small pack of Parle G biscuits!

The rest of the menu offers more widely available café food like paninis, sandwiches, and pizzas, which honestly didn’t seem to be anything worth writing home about. We were intrigued to find that they even had a Maggi noodles section with a few twists like the Tadke-Waali Maggi that adds a little zing with tomato, garlic and onions, and the Angrezi Maggi with mushroom, broccoli, bell peppers, and sun-dried tomatoes.