Wrap and roll: This kiosk offers flavours from Delhi and Kolkata
Adding to the city’s lean list of places that serve up a late night fix, Roll Baby Roll dishes out kathi rolls, kebabs and plated curries.
Home sweet home. That’s a feeling you can wrap your palm around, quite literally, at the month-old kiosk Roll Baby Roll on TTK Road. “We offer the tastes of our childhood that we missed when we moved to Chennai from Delhi,” says 29-year-old Gandharv Dhingra, co-owner of the outlet that dishes out kathi rolls, kebabs and plated curries. Adding to the city’s lean list of places that serve up a late night fix, it’s also likely to give their neighbour, the longstanding Midnight Express (which serves South Indian favourites until 2 am) some competition. This is quickly made evident by the number of cars that stop by.
With co-founders and former classmates at ITC Hospitality Management Institute, Japtej Ahluwalia and Nikesh Lamba (the minds behind Double Roti), Gandharv shares that the kathi rolls are offered in two ‘istyles’ – Kolkata’s paratha-clad, mildly spicy stuffing with a hint of mustard; and the more creamy, rumali roti variant from the streets of Delhi. Featuring quirky graphics on the facade reading ab tak bachpan — they have signature drinks like the masala lemonade, or shikanjvi (as it’s called in the North) that we are told Gandharv’s mother used to make for him during his childhood. With the punch of lemon and jeera masala, the drink is as refreshing as they come.
Given the Delhi roots the owners share, it comes as no surprise that the butter chicken roll is their go-to recommendation. We also try the double filling option with the Kolkata-style egg chicken roll, stuffed with a substantial amount of flavourful, mildly-spicy chicken. With six paneer rolls on offer, paneer lovers can’t complain; but there is a lack of variety in vegetarian options, the methi aloo roll being the sole non-paneer choice. Customise your roll with a wheat paratha, or even have your roll made oil-free if you’re counting calories.
At Teynampet, and on Swiggy, from noon to 1 am. Rs. 65 onwards. Details: 9871370870