Chaat CartIndian subcontinent
Top notch Indian street food and small plates in a vibrant setting. Former street food vendors, Chaat Cart have set up permanent home in Marple, under the auspices of founder Aarti Pandey. The venue’s interior, as colouful as the food on offer, has been designed by Soo Wilkinson. One half is a bar, stocked with ten G&T variations (Plymouth Gin with grapefruit, for example), while dark turquoise walls, red garlands, ceramic monkeys and quirky Indian pop art are paired with modern chairs and tables to create a surprisingly grown up, bistro-like feel to the restaurant. When it comes to food, the clue is in the title: Indian small plates are the thing. Bhel puri, puri chaat, chicken kati roll and chargrilled corn on the cob, brushed with lime and chilli for example, all started life on Chaat Cart’s street food stall. Yet here at their permanent venue the menu has expanded to include the likes of venison croquettes with homemade coconut chutney and sweet chilli relish, home-style tandoori wings and a south Indian chicken curry (khozi kuttan) and cinnamon-spiced chickpeas (chole). Flavours are multi-dimensons and portions are small (which is reflected in the price). In short, Chaat Cart is an excellent reason to visit Marple – plus there’s an atmospheric ‘secret’ gin garden out the back for fair weather visits.