Chaakoo Bombay Café
An Irani-Indian inspired café serving flavoursome small plates of vegetable and meat curries, tandoori and fish.
Stepping inside, you’re welcomed by friendly waiting staff into a space that’s spread over two levels, replete with ornate cornicing, colonial-era furnishings and much mahogany woodwork. A rush of apron-clad servers swoop and glide up and down stairs, hurriedly delivering flavour-packed, Irani-Indian small plates – an iteration of the diminishing Bombay-style café born of Persian immigrants that was once du jour in Indian, with the menu riffing quite comfortably on this theme. The kitchen fire out unusual dishes such as a tikka tulsi, chicken skewers in a basil marinade, and tandoori chaat, skewers of paneer, charred onion and pineapple, as well as fluffy-yet-dense pakora. Raita is vivid green and refreshing, with spiced onions also accompanying many dishes. Chicken dhansak sees lentils and chunks of meat mingle in a mellow, yellow sauce — with barely the need for a knife. More chunks of fresh Indian cheese appear in a saag paneer, with more than enough spinach to keep Popeye pleased. With food more than good, décor to feast the eyes on, and a diamond drinks offering, there’s not much Chaakoo hasn’t got.
- High point: Buzzing atmosphere
- Low point: Having to share your food with anyone else
- Notable dish: Chicken dhansak
- Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Electro-Soul
- Capacity: 140
- Largest group: 35
- Open since: 2016
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- House wine: £17.95 per bottle