Born in the 1870s in a city which was then still called Calcutta, this unassuming man, street smart and passionate about food, made his name by catering the wedding breakfast of Phileas Fogg and Aouda, his beautiful Parsee princess. Charlie became the first celebrity chef, regularly appearing in the pages of Accha Magazine, an early forerunner of OK. He later fled the chaos of Partition, escaping with nothing but his recipes and a jar of his secret tikka blend, and worked his passage to the US where he lived and cooked happily for many years. Charlie passed away at the ripe old age of 102, sadly just 24 hours before his long-awaited green card arrived. His recipe book then disappeared in mysterious circumstances, turning up decades later in a job lot of Mills & Boons in Oxfam on the Balham High Road, where we found it.

Now, some (or indeed all) of that may not be 100% factually accurate. But what certainly is true, here at Charlie Chapatti, is our love for the wondrous flavours of Indian cuisine and our ability to cook up a storm. We’re delighted to be sharing our skill and passion with you by serving up the most delicious traditional Indian food, with a fresh and modern twist. Whether you eat at our place, have it delivered or grab a handy ‘heat and eat’ meal for later, we’ve got you covered. Get in touch with us via