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New Desi-style cafe opens on Hoe Street

Cafe Chaii, at 234 Hoe Street, opens today and is offering all customers a 20% discount until Friday

Credit: Cafe Chaii

A new cafe on Hoe Street offering a desi twist to ice cream, classic breakfasts, sorbets, and sandwiches alongside a lengthy chai, coffee, and mocktail drinks menu has opened today.

Cafe Chaii offers a diverse desserts menu including Belgian chocolate, oreo, lotus biscoff, and strawberries and cream milkshakes, Italian gelato and sorbet as well as an ice cream baklava sandwich topped with pistachios.

Those with a sweet tooth can also bite into french toast, or five different freshly made waffles that come with a scoop of homemade gelato, on top of four milk sponge cakes, ranging from nutella, lotus biscoff, saffron, and pistachio.

Savoury heads won’t be disappointed either as there are gourmet burgers, kebabs, chips, chaat, samosa, parathas and flatbreads all on offer. 

Everything on the menu is halal,  and a 20% discount for all customers runs from today until tomorrow (3rd August). Today and tomorrow the cafe will be open from 2pm to 7pm while on Friday onwards it will be open from 9am to 10pm.


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The cafe offers a wide selection of savoury options like this paratha, and chickpea curry dish. Credit: Cafe Chaii

The fresh cafe opening comes just a week after CRATE Walthamstow opened its doors to customers in the rebuilt shopping centre 17&Central, formerly the Mall, in Walthamstow Town Centre.

The CRATE features an in-house craft beer and cocktail bar as well as a speciality coffee shop from Central Coffee Collective. The venue additionally boasts seven independent street food traders, including burger brand Nanny Bill’s and Yorkshire Burrito.

Visit Cafe Chaii’s website here


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