As much as we love a sit down meal in a restaurant, we are also suckers for a drive-thru. With drive-thru ice cream parlours, dessert spots, doughnut shops and your classic fast food variety popping up in the Greater Manchester area, Mancs are now being blessed with a drive-thru from Chaiiwala offering both Indian cuisine and convenience.
Founded on the streets of New Delhi back in 1927, Indian street food restaurant Chaiiwala has made its to way to Bolton to spice up our classic drive-thru options. What started from a small tea stall has grown to become a popular spot serving a range of chai teas, all day breakfast, street food bites, rotis and desserts.
Located on Manchester Road, a mere 4,238 miles away from where it all began, this drive-thru Indian restaurant concept from Chaiiwala is the first of its kind in the UK and is brandished with a vehicle height restriction saying “chai is the limit”. Visitors can order the likes of aloo paratha, sweet Bombay toast, halwa puri and desi breakfast consisting of a fresh masala omelette with a roti and dhal.
The street food menu features naan wraps filled with butter chicken, vegetable kebab and tikka boti (chicken pieces with onion, tomato, yogurt and mint chutney) alongside fusion food such as pizza parathas, Mumbai mac ‘n’ cheese, chilli chip butty and samosa or aloo tikki burgers. Plus, the menu at the Chaiiwala drive-thru in Bolton includes Indian street food staples like pani puri, masala chips, samosa chaat and pav bhaji (a tasty mixed veg curry served with a lemon wedge, onions and a toasted bun).
And since it’s all in the name, drivers and passengers can’t possibly leave without a cup of chai, served hot or cold and in an assortment of flavours from cinnamon to mint, lemon iced chai to pink chai frappés topped generously with whipped cream. Diners can also grab the famous Karak Chaii, a well brewed strong tea that’s possibly Chaiiwala’s most famous beverage.
Distinguishing itself from the competition with its drive-thru style restaurant, Chaiiwala has rapidly evolved to become a popular and fast-growing independent business, with even more plans to grow to 500 stores across the world in the next decade. Chaiiwala already has a number of dine-in restaurants in the Greater Manchester area including branches in the Trafford Centre, Rochdale, Oldham, Trafford as well as another Bolton location.
Open 9am to 10pm seven days a week you can find the Chaiiwala drive-thru restaurant at Manchester Road, Bolton, BL3 2NZ.