Warm up with Elchi Chai Shop’s masala chai
Just as coffee terminology has been muddled with made-up words like Frappuccino or misleading terms like “venti” which actually means 20 in Italian and not “extra large Starbucks drink,” misconceptions surrounding chai have come up as it became more popular in the west.
Spotlight: Elchi Chai Shop
Forget having to settle for those watered-down, sugary concoctions that chain cafés pass off as “chai tea". If you’re a fan of authentic chai, inspired by South-Asian flavours and steeping techniques, there’s a new place in Toronto that will cater to your cravings.
Elchi Chai Shop
Elchi Chai Shop is the perfect stop if you’re looking for a great cup of CHAI — the “real” tea. The space is modern with a home-like feel. Space is limited, so if you’re looking to visit with a group it’s best to call Elchi Chai Shop in advance and coordinate with them directly.
Naoki and Ann Eat
Naoki and I decided to go visit my good friends, Sukaina and Sayyeda. These sisters are the owners of the Elchi Chai Shop in Harbord Street in my old neighbourhood. They have been running the cafe for over two years and told me they were trying out new recipes and we wanted them to try them out on us!