A cup of chai (tea) makes everything better said someone once and I couldn’t agree more. Project Chaiwala is inspired by the tea culture from around the world, from karak stops in Bur Dubai to clay kulhar cups in vibrant Delhi markets. They claim that their tea leaves are ethically sourced from organic gardens and freshly brewed.
While Project Chaiwala at Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue is a hotspot for art and movie buffs, the branch at Building 7, Dubai Media City is ever bustling with officegoers from in and around the area looking for a quick break or a cozy spot for a meeting. Keeping this in mind, I visited on a Friday afternoon at around 2pm and as I expected it was rather quiet. Great!!, so I can enjoy my chai and bites in peace 😊
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The outlet is pretty and spacious with lots of greenery around, unlike the Al Quoz branch and I instantly fell in love with the place. This could definitely be my hangout place on weekends!! After placing our order at the counter, we grabbed a cozy corner and without a long wait, our food was on our table.
Among the various types of chai on their menu, we tried the Project Chaiwala Signature and Zaffrani Chai. The Signature chai is their secret recipe and it was unique and flavourful and the Zaffrani was very good too. The Zaffrani comes without added sugar. They do have other varieties of tea and non-dairy options too.
They have a decent food menu too and we ordered Smashmosas and some wraps.
Smashmosas as the name suggests are smashed samosas, stuffed with some fillings and topped with pomegranate seeds, chopped onions, tomatoes, and some bhuja. Bhuja is the generic name for a snack mix that originated in India and is widely popular there. It is a spiced mix of crackers, dried noodles, dried peas, peanuts, and other dried nuts.
The Meaty Smashmosa had a pulled smoked brisket filling with mint and yoghurt sauce. The Desi Smashmosa had a sweet potato, beetroot, carrot and chickpea filling with tamarind mint chutney and yoghurt drizzle. Simple and delicious, this one was my fav among the two.
The two wraps – Chicken Harissa and Mutton Kebab Wraps were juicy, succulent and bang on flavour.
If you haven’t been here, then you’re definitely missing out.