Downstairs is all about the ice cream: dozens of flavours, all colourfully and appetizingly whipped up for you in a display case you can see as you walk past. Get a big decadent scoop in a cone or on a waffle. It's sweet ice cream heaven, really.
Upstairs is an OK café; this part would just get 3 stars. Typical breakfasts, sandwiches, dishes of pasta; it's not an inspiring menu. The prices are reasonable, though, the furnishings are modern and it's big and bright (lots of floor-to-ceiling windows). It's fun to get a seat by the window and look out over the bustle of Ealing Broadway.
The cafe serves breakfast lunch and dinner. Its a good place to stop for a quite bite.
They have a variety of teas, coffees, milkshakes and ice creams...
A friend of mine told me the cafe becomes a nightclub on Friday nights... not sure about that though.
This café has been a firm favourite of mine ever since it opened. Their ice-cream is some of the best that you can get in Ealing, with flavours ranging from your classic strawberry to the more obscure honeycomb and cream. Their food is also excellent value for money - their club sandwiches are huge!
On the first floor, they have a large window overlooking the Broadway, and you can relax there after a hard day's shopping. ;-)
Although the café is spread out over two floors (and it's a bit inconvenient having to go up to the second floor to use their toilets), they also have lifts installed. The toilets are also clean and seem to be inspected regularly, which is good news for hygiene freaks like me. :-D
The only downside for me is that they don't have Wi-Fi, but if they did, I'd probably spend all my time there.
This is what you have to do.
Go to Cafe Chai, and get one of their massive ice creams. Kick the drooling children and their doting mothers out of the way. You haven't got time to worry about them now. You can have 3 scoops if you want a cone that costs an arm and a leg, but is the size of your head. 1 scoop will be over too quickly. Stick with 2 scoops. Mobility is the key here.
Pick your flavour. They have all the classics, plus some variants. If they have the Snickers flavour that day, get a scoop of that. Hazelnut is also good. Yes, you can have two flavours if you must.
Your mission now is to get your cone to a pleasant spot for leisurely licking, without spilling its contents. You could go to Haven Green. It's nearby, but you'll be sitting among busses, and will have to fight past swathes of oncoming commuters frowning their way out of Ealing Broadway Station.
A better bet is to head to the top end of Walpole Park. Navigate the Mall with care. If you make it, congratulations. You are now King of the Ice Creams. Scoff, as peasant children queue for inferior Mr Whippys from the van. Laugh, as you pass entire cones that were dropped on the path. Cackle, as you stuff your fat gob with delicious, frozen sugar-milk. Kick another child over if you want - you deserve it.
The place looks nice from outside and is in a great location, along the Broadway with lots of people passing by.
The grumpy lady at the counter didn't look at our face when order, didn't bother to smile or to say thank you.
She looked bored and unhappy. Wrong attitude.
The coffee is average to bad, strongly roasted. They have cakes on display but no prices and the ice cream, even though look good, are hugely expensive.
No way I'll stop there again.
I enjoy popping into this cafe when shopping in Ealing because of the huge window over looking the Broadway. You can get a big cup of coffee and people watch your heart away. The breakfast here is yummy here too and is a good move considering Ealing lost Tootsies not to long ago. Cafe chai also has crepes, italian gelato (ice cream) and waffles, so you can indulge your sweet tooth after some retail thearpy!
This cafe has the best coffee in this area, at least that I have been able to find. The people who work there are not the most friendly, but the coffee is usually delicious. It provides a nice break from Starbucks and Costa, if you are looking for that sort of thing.
Hang on - there's been three reviews previously on this place, and no mention of the AWESOME ICE CREAM?
Cafe Chai is open from morning till night, and there is free Wi-fi - a little slow, but the staff don't harass you if you stay a while. This establishment has a cosy ground floor space and a clean and airy restaurant space on the first floor. Occasionally there are parties and talks arranged on the upper floor for some nights, some of which are open to public (and sometimes unexpected - I once picked up a flyer for a casual introduction to Marxism).
The food is average, but fine if you're looking for a cheap lunch. The beverages are pretty nice and cheap too. The ice cream, however, is awesome! It's cheap, delicious, not madly coloured and I've never had a flavour that disappointed - and I'm one of those ice-cream nuts who owns a well-worn machine and books on the subject. At Cafe Chai I've enjoyed apple, hazelnut, coconut, pistachio, melon (and boy have I had some pretty bad melon ice-cream in London in the past!)... the list goes on.
The flavours change frequently, so it's pretty tempting to pop in whenever you're walking past. Scoops in a cone cost about £2.50 and upwards.
But that's not even the best part! If you head upstairs and grab a menu, you'll see a mysterious item on the beverage list simply named 'Milkshake', with no description. I recently discovered that if you order this, they make it with three scoops of your choice of ice-cream flavour from the day's range downstairs. It only costs just under £4, and where else are you going to get a luxurious and deliriously tasty hazelnut ice-cream milkshake??
Note: If you google them, they might have daily offers on their website, which I don't see advertised in the cafe itself.
this place was a discovery by a friend who insisted that we meet up on the weekend for a cup of tea and to touch base.Being pleasently surprised i actually enjoyed myself.the place has nice music in the background and has a comfortable look to it so it made us spent hours just talking and enjoying tea and not so bad waffles.The children there were also enjoying the delicios looking home-made ice cream.well,next time i need to touch base with a friend im going to consider going to cafe chai as it has been a good relaxing experience!
this is the worse place i have ever been and a bit of advice for ladies dnt go on your own cauz if anything happens chances are management wont do anything and what they say on thier website dat atleast 50% of the group should be females is all crap.
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