Chal Chilli

by • January 23, 2014 • Restaurant ReviewsComments (3)2604

Indian-Thai Fusion at Chal Chilli in NYC

There are many great restaurants in the Murray Hill section of NYC. One that stands out, mainly because it’s the only Indian-Thai fusion restaurant in NYC, is Chal Chilli. Chal Chilli opened back in April 2013 and is already generating buzz in the nabe Curry Hill, and beyond. The restaurant started with a vision from Ayesha Kiani who consulted with Fatima Ali, a winner on Food Network’s show Chopped. Fatima advised on staying true to the South Asian heritage, with adding just the right amount of Thai fusion.

Chal Chilli wonton wrappers

Fried wonton wrappers

We started off our meal with a Thai classic, Papaya Salad, made with fresh papaya, carrots, bean sprouts, fresh basil and roasted peanut and tamarind sauce.  It was light and refreshing. I enjoyed the taste of their sauce – a nice alternative to the usual ingredient – pungent fish sauce.

Chal Chilli Meaty Dumplings

Meaty Dumplings

The Meaty Dumplings was another excellent appetizer. Five perfectly handmade chicken and shrimp dumplings are served with sweet soy sauce. Each bite is full of flavor, and the dough was perfect – not too thick, and the right consistency.

Chal Chlili Spinach

Spinach with ginger

Be sure to order their freshly baked roti canai. They’re great for soaking up the sauce of their amazing dishes like the Spinach which is sauteed in ginger and other exotic spices or their Chicken Chilli Pepper, made with onion, Italian peppers, scallion, baby bok choy, and fresh chilli pepper sauce.

Chal Chilli Chicken Chilli Pepper

Chicken Chilli Pepper

Chal Chilli Roti Canai

Roti Canai

To wash it all down, we recommend trying their Thai Iced Tea, which is brewed to order. Not too sweet like what is served at most Thai restaurants, their version is herbal and refreshing.

Chal Chilli Thai Iced Tea

Thai Iced Tea

Overall we were very impressed by the taste and quality of their food. The staff is very friendly. The prices and portions are great. Dishes range from $5 to $19. Chal Chilli serves Halal food and is BYOB. They also offer a great lunch menu with items starting at $6.95.

Chal Chilli
124 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10016
Tel: (212) 532-0232

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  • Babai

    Food is freaking aweful…. yukk… I hate the place

    • dee Cuisine

      Sorry to hear you didn’t have a good experience. Did you speak to their management?

  • Ayesha

    I am sorry to hear that Babai – I am normally around so would have loved your feedback directly. Can you please email me: and I’ll send you a dining coupon. We’ve actually never had someone use such strong words for us so I am surprised to hear that. Looking forward to hear from you soon.