East Passyunk Avenue re-welcomed chhaya café to the neighborhood this week! With its former location just buildings away, high demand called for a move to a larger space. Onyx and I attended the VIP media preview and got a first look at their new locale and a first taste of the menu before the grand opening.
The layout is a step from traditional coffee shops. The owner, Varnana “V” Beuria, was tactical in her design of the floor plan, making it more engaging and bar-like, yet cozy and intimate. A pitstop, it is not. It’s more of a community, which personifies the meaning of the word “chhaya”, shelter and tranquility.
Coffee shots, veggie chili over cornbread waffles, grilled ham and cheese bites and arugula salads were all up for the tasting. The menu is full of classic dishes with a chhaya twist, evidenced by the presence of cornbread waffles. That sample was actually my favorite! Onyx is on a temporary no-cheese diet and I’m the non-meat eater, so neither of us could eat these grilled ham and cheeses but they look great!
This café dishes out high-quality food and drinks at affordable prices. Hidden gem jackpot. All meals are $10 and under and all beverages are under $5.
What I am excited to try:
- Goat Cheese Wrap (w/ arugula, tomatoes and avocado)
- Hummus Wrap (w/ arugula, shaved carrot, tomatoes, garlic sauce)
- Nutella and Strawberry Waffle
- Truffled Egg Toast (w/ arugula, truffle oil, lemon, white cheddar, over-easy egg)
- Smoked Salmon Sandwich (w/ herbed cream cheese, shaved red onion and baby greens)
For more information, visit their website, www.chhayacafe.com.