BOMBAY STREET KITCHEN - GLEBE, SYDNEY

Bombay Street Kitchen
University Hall Building
Cnr Glebe Point Rd and Parramatta Rd
Glebe, Sydney

Bombay Street Kitchen is street food of India and they are licensed and BYO (wine only). They have been open for only a few months and have both inside and outside seating for 60. Mlady started her lovely meal with an Oyster Bay 2013 Merlot and Sir chose an Indian beer - Kingfisher Lager.





















We started with the Pav Bhaji which originated in the 1850's as a fast lunchtime dish for textile mill workers in Bombay. It is now a Mambaian institution and eaten all over India. It's lightly spiced mashed veggies served with a warm buttered bun. We both thoroughly enjoyed this very tasty dish and used the soft bun as a scoop to get to the very yummy veggies. We spread the veggies on the bun and garnished it with the side of onion and chives. A flavoursome dish with bite.











Pani Poori - what a novel and fun dish! This is crispy lentil pockets stuffed with potatoes, chickpeas, spices, tamarind chutney and serving of mint chutney and tamarind water. What you do is - fill the bun with the juice and "down the hatch". We both loved this. It had a good crunch, was so fresh and it also had a good bite to it.

The Marsala fish fry is tender pieces of mackerel marinated in lime juice, coriander and fresh coconut, fried and served with a wedge of lemon. OMG this dish was amazing. So, there were a few bones - what good fish does not have a few bones. The fish was crispy and so fresh and Mlady even sucked the crispy bits off the bones - that's how much she enjoyed it.

We had a serving of Naan which was freshly cooked and buttered and this was presented in a silver bucket. The tasty Naan was used to soak up the various sauces with the dishes that we had.

Instead of having Basmati rice that we usually have  we opted for the Lemon Rice This was such a tasty change. it was made up with lentils, lemon and spices. It was presented in a black bowl emphasising it's vibrant colour. The rice was so good you could eat it by itself!



















Next we had the Chicken Chennai which is also known as Madras Chicken. The chicken is simmered in a coconut based sauce and garnished with curry leaves. Oh WOW! Great flavours! What a great kick to this dish! It went so very well with the great lemon rice.





Then we had the Lasni Kalambi which is prawns sizzled in garlic, coriander and tomato sauce. Again another great tasting dish with wonderful flavours. The prawns were large, plump and very juicy. we used the tasty Naan to soak up the delicious sauce.

For dessert Mlady did not choose her usual "anything that's chocolate" but decided to go with the Mango Kulfi. The homemade mango ice cream, almond and cardamon crumble was so fresh. OMG this was an amazing dessert - which you really must try!

Sir chose the Lapshee which is cracked wheat caramelised with jaggery and fennel served with smoked yogurt and almond. When we saw the "smoked yogurt" in it's description this aroused our curiosity. This dessert was different and very tasty and another "must try".

Bombay Street Kitchen is a real gem. The food is authentic, fresh, fun and very tasty. Eat here - you'll love it!

Sir and Mlady dined as guests of Bombay Street Kitchen and would like to say a big Thank you to Chef Rajoo for taking time out and chatting with us about his impressive background and philosophy on food. Also a big thank you to Manasi for taking care of us on the night.









Bombay Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

CHACHU'S - HAWKER LANE IN WESTFIELD CHATSWOOD, SYDNEY

Chachu's
Westfield Chatswood (Hawker Lane),
1 Anderson Street, Chatswood, Sydney

Chachu's is another of the great options that forms Hawker Lane in Westfield Chatswood.

They basically serve fast Indian street food. There's some big flavours and a decent range of choices available, including vegetarian ones too.









The Kathi rolls were delicious - a lot like a wrap but the outer layer was more like a flaky roti but it didn't fall apart. Great flavours here too! The spicy chips were a tasty side and well worth grabbing.

Sir and Mlady visited Hawker Lane as guests of Westfield Chatswood. Special thanks to Julia Murray of Sibling Agency for this invitation.




ChaChu's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

HAWKER LANE - CHATSWOOD, SYDNEY

Hawker Lane
Westfield Chatswood
Chatswood, Sydney

Hawker Lane is an amazing oasis of restaurants underneath the massive Westfield in Chatswood. You feel like your really in another world here as you pause from your shopping and enter this den of tastes and sounds and delicious smells from the great range of restaurants that are spread across this sprawling area.




















The biggest challenge here is what to choose. Our suggestion is to grab a table first - there are plenty of them but they go fast., If you miss out don't fret, they turn over quickly so it won't be long. Then do a lap of honour - to check out whats there. Even if you know what you want, it may well change once you see the great variety here. Of course you can get food from multiple places which works exceptionally well. Maybe a starter or three from some places, a few mains elsewhere and then of course desserts! We were there to try their goodies as part of a media event. Being greeted at the door with beautiful coconuts from Kayter and Co was a delicious start - they certainly knew how to keep foodies happy! With our coconuts piled high with cake, marshmallow, chocolate and biscuits it looked amazing - and so many people kept coming up to us wanting to know where to get them. Hands off - their ours!










Then where to start. We looked around and sampled food from so many places. It was a dance from fried chicken, to skewers, dumplings, Malaysian, ramen burgers, sushi, drinks, sweets, roti wraps etc etc etc. Here's just a few of the names you'll find here - but wait - there's more!






























We'll be posting a number of write ups over the next fortnight of different places we visited there and the food we had - so stay tuned.

Of course you can visit and try for yourself - and we highly recommend this.

This is one place worth a long slow visit - or several in fact - to get across the massive range here!
Sir and Mlady visited Hawker Lane as guests of Westfield Chatswood. Special thanks to Julia Murray of Sibling Agency for this invitation.


ABHI'S FINE INDIAN CUISINE - NORTH STRATHFIELD, SYDNEY

Abhi's Fine Indian Cuisine
163 Concord Rd
North Strathfield, Sydney

Upon arrival at Abhi’s for their 25th birthday, we were warmly welcomed to our table with a celebratory glass of champagne. How else do you start a birthday celebration? Cheers!

New to this restaurant, we could see that many of the diners around us were not.  All of the restaurant’s 180 seats were filled with regular clientele and they were all there to celebrate this momentous occasion. We could see that patrons were not just patrons they were treated like part of family. There's no better way to celebrate your 25th birthday than having a three day celebration. Abhi's Indian Restaurant knows how to celebrate this milestone and in this volatile restaurant market, and we can see why they’ve been in business for 25 years.



Abhi's 25th anniversary dinner birthday menu was a set menu that was specially created to celebrate the restaurant’s 25th birthday over three nights. At a glance, it’s obvious that the menu is not your typical Indian menu, which was so refreshing to see. It’s theme is based on “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow” and our palettes were sent on a wild ride from entree, right through to dessert. The dishes on the menu were selected from Abhi’s very first a la carte menus, all the way to dishes that they want to serve in the future.


To start with, we had Mulligatawny Soup - a classic spiced lentil soup that was creamy and smooth, with a bit of a kick. The next dish was a Scallop and Kingfish Bhel, which was a play on the traditional ‘Bhel-Puri’. A delectable combination of creamy and crunchy textures that included puffed rice, wheat crisps, chilli, onion and a vadagam (rice cracker).



Our first course was a delicious chicken palli palayam, a tender morsel of crispy chicken with a pounded green chilli, ginger and black pepper crust on a bed of gucchi paneer khichidi, made of morrels, cottage cheese and mung bean. This flavoursome combination was topped with a beetroot porrial – finely diced beetroot with mustard seeds, fennel, shallots and fresh coconut.

While we waited for our second course we were treated to the making of brown rice string hoppers by one of Abhi’s chefs at the live activation station. It was a nice treat and plates of freshly made string hoppers were quickly distributed to each table with a spicy accompaniment.


Our second course was Salmon Kothmiri Tikki, a melt in your mouth salmon roulade with green chutney, accompanied with spicy orange, tamarind and chickpea kozambhu. This dish was delightful and our taste buds enjoyed the burst of tamarind flavour that came with the delicious sauce.

By this time, the restaurant was abuzz with chatter and laughter and an atmosphere befitting a genuine birthday celebration.




















Our main course was a feast indeed that included seafood, poultry and meat. The experience included Tandoori Jumbo Prawns - tandoor cooked prawns that were marinated with yoghurt, garam masala, mace threads and saffron. The aromatic flavour of these prawns was simply amazing. Chooza Masala - spatchcock rubbed with a Goan spice mix and oven cooked with chat potatoes, malt vinegar and pearl onions. Lamb Kari Kozhambhu, a lamb curry, flavoured with ground coconut, cassia, fennel, turmeric and poppy seeds.

And lastly, we had a highly fragrant, very tasty and colourful spinach and yellow lentil dish, Keerai Pappu, with garlic, cumin and dried whole chillies.

All of this was accompanied with a fragrant ghee rice.

We also had a good serving of some very yummy flatbread.






















Lastly, we devoured a
delicious Raspberry Cream dessert. WOW! This lovely dish was a combination of compressed raspberries, goats’ milk sorbet, vanilla custard, yoghurt shards and saffron honeycomb. The honeycomb was the standout element on the plate, and the combination of these sweet flavours ended our dining experience on a total high.

On this momentous occasion, celebrating the milestone 25th anniversary of his much loved restaurant, chef and owner Kumar Mahadevan has used fundamental ingredients from the major food regions of India to create a menu that resulted in an unforgettable culinary experience. The combination of friendly and attentive staff and a superb menu was a great way to spend a night with a wonderful friend.


We would certainly recommend this restaurant for any occasion, whether it be with family, friends or an intimate dinner for two. We would definitely go back, maybe for a birthday celebration!!!

Two Contessa's - with substitute Mr J - who are doing reviews for Sir and Mlady Dine Out, dined as guests of Abhi's. Big thanks also to Katie Stow of Wasamedia for arranging this visit.


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