Found in The Hoxton hotel in Shepherds Bush, Chet's is described as "a Thai-Americana spot combining the fragrant flavours and smoky textures of Thailand and the surrounding region with comforts from the classic American diner".
Chet's menu, which was devised by famed LA chef Kris Yenbamroong, features three sandwiches. And while we love the Bodega (comprising sai uah sausage, cheese and 'fluffy' egg in a kaiser roll), and the Chet's Club Sandwich (a triple-decker option with fried chicken, bacon, papaya slaw, ranch, jalapeño, red cabbage and tomato); it's really all about their mushroom & cheese option
, primarily for the use of a buttery, wheat flour roti as the vehicle for its fillings.
Comprising portobello mushroom, Thai basil, lemongrass, lime, chilli, coriander, provolone cheese and scrambled egg; this is meat-free decadence for breakfast/lunch on-the-go occasions, with the Thai-style roti a superbly soft and moist carrier.
Roti's stature is seriously on the rise among foodies all around the world. Indeed, roti canai, the versatile Malaysian iteration made with eggs, ghee and flour, served with dhal or various types of curry, was named the best street food in the world for 2022 by TasteAtlas
, with London's Roti King a long-standing player in pushing the joys of roti in the UK capital, opening a new outpost at the newly-regenerated Battersea Power Station only last year
Roti has also played a key role in the proliferation of Sri Lankan and South Indian cuisine in London these past five years, featuring prominently on the menus of Hoppers, Paradise, and the new Rambutan restaurant on Borough Market's Stoney Street (with The Times' Giles Coren's recent review serving to rave about its rotis
Chet's has really embraced the versatility of roti on its menu (even offering Chicken 'n' Roti Waffles). 'New Wave Asian Street Food'
takes centre stage in our 2023/24 food & drink trends whitepaper - and we very much expect the roti revolution to continue.