Located opposite Canary Wharf tube station (Reuters Plaza), is a brightly coloured kiosk serving wholesome, tasty roti rolls to the busybodies of Canary Wharf.
We weren’t really sure what to expect from the brightly coloured vendor, but we left feeling confident that no damage was done to our arteries or waistline. We were so impressed, in fact, that we took some time out to chat with one of the owners, Neelam Patel, to find out what really goes into a Kanapina roti roll.
Neelam assured us that the Kanapina menu was designed to be fresh and wholesome. Mustard oil is used where needed, chicken is grilled, and the beef is slow cooked. The most reassuring confirmation for us was that ghee is not used in the preparation of the meals.
It was while on holiday in India that Neelam noticed a distinct difference in Indian food in England and the food he was enjoying in India. Throughout the rest of his holiday he became more and more conscious of the difference not only in taste, but aroma and appearance. That was when the penny dropped and he realised that after its introduction to the UK, the quality of Indian food had gradually evolved from nutritionally wholesome and flavourful fare to calorie dense, commercial food.
On his return, he and a few others put their head down and developed the concept of Kanapina – ‘kana means ‘to eat’ and pina means ‘to drink’. The Kanapina menu is inspired from traditional family recipes and offers an option for pretty much anyone:
|Calorie counters||Nutritional values are only available for lassis at this stage, but management would like to include nutritional values on food soon too!|
|Carb conscious diners||Chicken tikka or beef pondicherry nanga bowls are a winner|
|Coeliacs||Chicken tikka, lamb sheikh kebab, beef pondicherry or shahi paneer tikka nanga bowl.|
|Vegetarians||Shahi paneer tikka roti or nanga bowlDal vada roti or nanga bowl|
|Vegans||Dal vada roti|
Although only basic nutritional information is currently available for the lassis (see below), staff have an ingredient list they can refer to should you need to find out anything specific.
|Mango lassi||Pineapple & Coconut lassi||Vanilla Bean & Raspberry lassi|
250ml serving size
What we tried
The beef pondicherry roti, chicken tikka roti roll, shahi paneer tikka nanga bowl, lamb sheikh kebab nanga bowl.
What we liked
The flavour combinations and the fact that roti rolls are filling
What we would do differently
Add more salad to the nanga bowls
Value for Money
A Kanapina roti roll will run you less than a fiver making this a healthy meal that is kind to your pocket.
Free side on your 3rd purchase
Free drink on your 6th purchase
Free Roti Roll or Nanga Salad Bowl on your 10th purchase
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