Chai Naasto, BR3 3LD
- 020 3750 0888
- 2-4 Fairfield Road, BR3 3LD
- Mon: closed; Tue-Sun: noon-3pm (kitchen closes 2:30pm), 5pm-11pm (kitchen closes 10:30pm)
Indian restaurant in Beckenham, just off the High Street.
The decor is a mix of distressed painted wood, exposed brickwork, and corrugated iron. Large booths line one wall, beneath a wooden false ceiling; opposite are smaller tables lined up along a banquette. A feature wall at the back is covered with Bollywood posters, and stylised "bare bulb" lighting fixtures dangle from the ceiling on ropes.
Kake visited on a Thursday lunchtime in March 2018. Arriving just after their opening time of noon, I was the only customer throughout my visit. '80s music was playing, not too loud.
Bhel poori (£5) photo was OK though nothing special. I wished there had been more zing to it, and the two stale puri shells perched on the sides didn't add much, but it did the job. Chilli cheese bites (£5.50) photo were more interesting; a sort of nacho-style cheese sauce inside a thick, chewy shell soaked in a sweet (but not too sweet) chilli sauce.
Tap water arrived on request, in a large glass bottle with a metal cup. Overall, service was efficient but somewhat unwelcoming. No service charge was added to the bill.
Kake's verdict: Not sure if I'd come back. The food was OK, and their tea menu looks interesting, but the service was somewhat offputting.
Child-friendliness: They have an interesting-looking children's menu, and their website has an entire section urging people to "bring the kids".
Accessibility: The restaurant has two sides, on different levels. There's a steep ramp with a bend in the middle to get in to the upper side. There are no steps at the lower side, but the ground immediately outside is uneven cobbles. Toilets not checked.