Karak Chai Places in London
What is Karak Chai?
The better-known Masala chai can often be mistaken for Karak chai, however there are some vital differences between the two. Where masala chai usually uses a lot of different spices, Karak chai does not (unless it’s from Kerela, where cardamom is often used). One of the key and most noticeable differences is; regular chai uses whole milk, teh terik (Malaysian chai) uses condensed milk, whereas Karak chai is made using evaporated milk to bring out a richer flavour.
As London continues to grow as one of the multi-cultural hubs of the world, it’s not surprising that Karak Chai made it’s way to the banks of the Thames. So if you’re looking for a perfect cup of authentic Karak chai look not further, as we’ve compiled a list of our top spots in London!
Where can I get it in London?
Chapati and Karak
Address: 144 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1HY, UK
Originally located in Qatar, this celebrated restaurant has branched into the upmarket Knightsbridge area. With its strict policy of only using quality ingredients and keeping its Qatari roots, it has gone from strength to strength. Chapati and Karak is now a firm favourite with locals, expats and especially Middle Eastern visitors. If you want to go to a true, beautifully presented and well-reviewed Karak chai establishment, this is the place.
Karak and Cream
Address: 530 High Road, Ilford IG3 8EG
Friendly staff, inviting atmosphere and most importantly, a lovely cup of Karak chai makes a visit to this establishment very worthwhile. According to reviews, it has some of the best Karak chai in the city! Karak and Cream is located in Ilford, so a little outside of central London but this also means more reasonable pricing and more chance of getting a seat (especially if you’re with a large group).
Address: 84 Edgware Rd, London W2 2EA, UK
Located on a road filled with arguably the most middle-eastern restaurants in London, Palms Palace fits in nicely with its clean presentation and quaint outdoor seating area. There’s a large menu that has simple chicken shawarma and of course, authentic Karak chai. Maybe the best quality of this restaurant is how it pays homage to the traditional Karak chai establishments by serving guests until the late hours.
The Kati Roll Company
Address: 24 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 8QL
Started in New York, this lovely little company is bringing the authentic ‘Kati’ culture of griddled meats, vegetables and buttery chapati to the streets of Soho. Located in the heart of the city, it’s a great alternative for that pre/post-theatre dinner, or if you need a meal on the go. Reasonable prices and a steaming cup of chai to wash down the succulent roll makes this restaurant a must visit when exploring central London.
There you have it. If you’re looking for some lovely Karak chai in London, whether it’s in a restaurant or delivery, you have a wealth of places to frequent.
Alternatively, you can try making it yourself at home!
Try this simple recipe:
- Prepare loose black tea leaves
- Add to one cup of boiling water and let brew for 4/5 minutes
- Remove from heat and add evaporated milk until it becomes brown and creamy
- Add sugar to your own liking
- Place back on heat for two more minutes
- Serve hot and steaming!
If you’re more of a visual person, check out the link below for a step-by-step guide to making the perfect cup of Karak chai.