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Enjoy curry and cocktails at Chai Ki

Chai Ki, London, Canary Wharf
Written by Roma Publications

Chai Ki, London, Canary Wharf

DesignLSM has added another fantastic venue to their ever expanding portfolio. Their most recent project, at London’s Canary Wharf, comes in the form of Chai Ki; an all-day Indian eatery boasting a restaurant and a toddy shop.

Spanning two floors, Chai Ki uses on-trend materials including tiles, timber and bespoke lighting to create a relaxed vibe for customers to enjoy both the breakfast and all day menus.

DesignLSM is a multi-disciplinary practice with a number of successful venues under its belt, and a diverse portfolio ranging from independent schemes to iconic brands. With a strong UK and international portfolio, DesignLSM is attune to trends and characteristics of other cultures and has built sturdy relationships with clients and partners worldwide.

Chai Ki, London, Canary Wharf

DesignLSM worked with project manager Chris Wall, main contractor DG Pro Interiors and architect ARUP to bring this new restaurant together.

The design style of Chai Ki is urban, with raw finishes and detailed design features. Each area within the space has its own character and personality; yet has been designed to ensure visual harmony across the whole scheme.

Subtle features nod to the Indian heritage; such as the waiter stations that are reminiscent of Chai stands on the streets of India and the headlight feature on the walls that are seen on motorcycles in Indian cities.

Customers enter the space through a series of structural steels, with an exposed timber joisted ceiling. Meanwhile, situated by the entrance is a take away ‘Fast Bar’ area, where customers can pick up coffees, Chai or food.

Chai Ki, London, Canary Wharf

Within the main area of the restaurant, a patch work, blackened steel and brass bar stretches the full width of the space, with a mezzanine level above. The mezzanine is reserved for dining and looks out on to the front boardwalk and bar.

A concrete rendered block houses the kitchen in the centre of the restaurant. The kitchen was designed as an architectural intervention and is surrounded by a bespoke hot rolled steel, brass and oak staircase which provides guests with access to the washrooms.

Speaking to Premier Hospitality, Ali Dale-Green from DesignLSM, said:

“To work on a project of this scale with an existing client is very exciting. We worked closely with Roti Chai, the owners, to ensure their expectations were met and exceeded.”

Chai Ki, London, Canary Wharf

Chai Ki offers bites for breakfast and bigger plates for all-day eating working around the concept of modern Indian soul food. The restaurant’s toddy shop incorporates modern Indian sharing plates, buns and kari – all of which are promised to work at any time of day with a cold beer or cider, a glass of wine or one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails.

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Caterware Ltd

Caterware Ltd are multi-award winning and well-respected specialists in the design, installation and maintenance of commercial kitchens with over 37 years’ experience.

They boast an impressive range of client services including: production of drawings, project management, attendance at technical design meetings, liaison with other contractors, warranty management and staff training to name but a few.  All services are supported by in-house technicians, maintenance packages and an excellent after sales service.

Chai Ki, London, Canary Wharf

Caterware are delighted to announce the completion of Rohit Chugh’s second restaurant, Chai Ki in the new Crossrail Place complex, Canary Wharf (the first being Roti Chai off Oxford Street). Chai Ki is part of the Toddy Shop bar and Kitchen offering contemporary Indian street food throughout the day along with house infused beers, craft ales and speciality cocktails.

They installed a primary kitchen with serving hatches to the restaurant comprising: a main island suite from Angelo Po with tandoori ovens on the end, Precision Refrigeration provided numerous refrigerated counters throughout, and warewashing facilities are provided by Meiko. They also installed a secondary kitchen upstairs for back up.

Eammon Allen, Caterware’s Contracts Manager, explained: “This was a very challenging installation, not least because of the strict delivery schedules, site access issues and the fact the restaurant is situated above the Everyman Theatre, which presented its own challenges in terms of leak prevention.

Chai Ki, London, Canary Wharf

“The designers certainly set the bar very high on this project. Choosing cold rolled mild steel finishes to the bar area created a number of challenges in sourcing the correct refrigeration and bar equipment. We went that extra mile and Chai Ki now have the kitchen they deserve.”

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