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Spice up your life with Chapati House

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Chapati House, located on George Street, is a cross between Indian and Mediterranean cuisine that offers a variety of dishes from salads to rice bowls, and of course — the famous chapati roll.

Walking into this food haven with a heavy Indian influence, the smell of spices and fresh ingredients immediately indulged my senses. The friendly staff welcomed me with a sweet smile and a big hello into their restaurant.

Beautiful Indian-inspired artwork was painted across the wall and caught my attention. An elephant with numerous noses was displayed in the center, so that customers can appreciate the art while they enjoy a meal.

All of the fresh, colorful ingredients on display inspired me to get the salad bowl and the rice bowl. I got a variety of different toppings on both orders and the restaurant supplied me with an abundance of each. It looked like a mountain of fresh deliciousness. You get a lot for your money! Now that is what I call a bargain.

I started off with the salad bowl. Piled on top of a bed of romaine was carrots with green peas, sautéed onions, tomatoes, chili pepper and an Indian special chicken called chicken makhni. I got to pick two entrees to put on top of the salad with an unlimited choice of toppings and spice flavors.

As I put the fork to my mouth, the zesty scent shot straight up my nose — once the entrée hit my tongue I was hooked.

The chicken makhni was smothered in a buttery tomato sauce with a light spice. If you are a fan of the Italian dish vodka rigatoni, this is right up your alley.

The carrots with green peas made my taste buds jump, the vegetables were very zesty with a delectable spice. If you love spicy foods, this entrée is for you, but if you have a very sensitive palette, I would avoid it at all costs.

My toppings tasted freshly made with a nice zing. Embrace the toppings, they are unlimited after all!

Now onto the rice bowl. The rice was fused with spinach and chickpeas, diced red onions, diced tomatoes, a special Indian chicken called chicken tikka masala and finished off with a dollop of coriander mayonnaise. I got to choose two entrees just like the salad.

The freshly steamed rice paired fantastic with the sauce of the chicken. The ginger garlic sauce with spices seeped through the rice and made my mouth water just by looking at it. The chicken combined with the rice complemented the dish and had a perfect balance of meat and grains.

The spinach with chickpeas added an awesome touch to this dish as well. The spices masked the spinach taste and made this entrée bold with a kick. Even if you are not a fan of vegetables, definitely show spinach and chickpeas some love and get your daily serving of vegetables in.

The coriander mayonnaise is for all you spice lovers out there. It is a great topping if you want to add some extra pizzazz. Broaden your horizons and opt for this instead of traditional chili pepper and ginger. Your friends will be calling you a foodie in no time.

This place is a food hot spot if ethnic foods are your thing and offers a ton of gluten free and vegan options. This place has options for everyone, so get off your butt and go walk down to George Street and get some Chapati House right now! Your taste buds will thank you. 

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