Chiya Chai Café - The Loop
Cuisine: Indian, Nepalese, Vegetarian
The Indian/Nepalese restaurant boasts one of the most extensive chai programs in the country with over 150 different combinations ranging from traditional masala to flavors like pink salt and almond... Read More
The Indian/Nepalese restaurant boasts one of the most extensive chai programs in the country with over 150 different combinations ranging from traditional masala to flavors like pink salt and almond butter. And chai is the focus at the newly opened Chiya Chai that's steps from Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago. Owner Swadesh Shrestha hopes customers sip chai and slow down for a mental respite from the cacophony of the city, whether you're a tourist or office worker. He grew up in the foothills of the Himalayas in Western Nepal where he and his father made countless trips to tea estates. Mornings in Kathmandu involved tea tastings, blending spices and packaging. He knows his tea! The compact shop is a perfect stop for lunch in between touring museums or shopping. Choose among flaky savory pies stuffed with Masala chicken or kale and potato with pleasant spices. Fat momo dumplings embedded with Katmandu chicken or all veg are fun to share. Count on satisfying curry bowls from sag paneer (cheese in a spinach sauce) and deep dish lamb to cauliflower, peas and potatoes. Or opt for various chaat (Indian street food), hot curry wings and samosas. Cool the palate with a side of healthy green apple or cucumber raita.
- New and Popular Restaurants: "If you fall in love with chai, consider purchasing a chai concentrate growler to tote home."
- Best for New and Popular Restaurants Because: From a small mountain tea shop in the Himalayas to cafés in Logan Square and downtown Chicago, the Chiya Chai journey is heartwarming and delicious.