Bombay is always on the move, it is a city that never sleeps, a bit like Sydney's suburb of Glebe. So what keeps the streets of Bombay people going? The khau gallis! The English translation for 'Khau' is treat, and 'Galli' means 'lane', so, the khau gallis are 'food lanes'. In India they have these in condensed busy areas usually around local railway stations, offices, shops, student colleges and market areas. All levels of society will mingle as they jostle their way to grab a quick meal. Found amongst the hustle and bustle of popular downtown Glebe is Bombay street Kitchen. You may have wandered past this unassuming restaurant in a hurry to get to work or the local University. Totally unaware of the delectable flavours it transports from the streets of India.
Image - Bombay Street Kitchen
I was honoured to be invited to review Bombay Street Kitchen. My only experience with Indian cuisine is the standard curry puffs, Butter Chicken or a super hot Beef Vindaloo. I have never tried Indian Street food, the most I knew was from viewing travel programs. I was intrigued to find out what was on offer. Bombay Street Kitchen is the creation of chefs and owners Rajoo and Shaloo Gurram. After several years of offering traditional Indian food to the locals of Nelson Bay, the family decided to embark on the street food concept for downtown Glebe.
The interior space features a simplistic design of intimate table settings. The main highlight being the open kitchen where a heady aroma of kebabs, sizzling garlic curry sauces and aromatic rice wafts through the air.
We were greeted warmly by our Hostess Manasi Gurram. Immediately we could feel her passion for the family's business and of course she enjoys cooking herself. We decided it would be nice for Manasi to choose a selection of dishes for us depicting Bombay street food as well as a couple of traditional Indian favourites. We also noted that they are licensed and you can also bring BYO Wine. My partner ordered a Kingfisher Premium Lager and I ordered a homemade Indian Lemonade 'Nimbu Pani'.
The menu is extensive consisting of some interesting street food treats designed to share, small dishes, traditional mains and Indian desserts.
Street Food Menu - Photography by Seafarrwide
The first street food dish became my favourite of the evening. Dahi Bhel Poori - visually enticing, a delicate semolina shell encasing a filling of potato, spices, fresh bean sprouts, peas, lentils mixed in a tamarind chutney. One crunch and my mouth was filled with a delectable fusion of flavours and crunchy textures. The side dips of mint chutney or cooling yoghurt paired perfectly. This dish is a wonderful appetizer. I could have easily devoured six of them in one go.
Our next dish was the Ragda Pattice - Potato patties in spicy white pea sauce, dates and tamarinds. A true comfort food for any season. The patties were tasty, not overcooked, just right. They had a nice firmness with a slight crunchy coating covered in what appeared a mild spicy sauce that increased with intensity after a few bites.
We moved onto a small dish of Seekh Kebab – bamboo skewers filled with spiced chicken mince made with fresh coriander and spices with side bowls of mint sauce and lemon yoghurt. The presentation was beautiful as well as tasty.
Amazingly we were still thinking we could fit more food in and were really enjoying the small dishes of Indian treats - a bit like having tapas. Our next dish was from the main selection, a delicious Fish curry (GF) – Parsi Macchi. The Chef uses sustainable Basa fillets which retains a nice firmness without being dry. The super ingredients enhancing the fish is the fresh green chilli coconut sauce made with coriander, sesame and mint.
Parsi Macchi Fish Curry - Photography by Seafarrwide
We were really feeling the love and felt a slight uncomfortable tightening at our waistlines. Of course I love dessert, my partner looked dismayed showing his full face waving off having more. I asked Manasi for a suggestion of something light and not overly sweet. Along came the gorgeous looking Gulkand Halwa (V ) (GF). This was just what I felt like, a light pudding made with millet, rose petal jam and beetroot with a coconut reduction sauce.
I sat back holding my stomach, hardly able to move. What a delicious feast we had consumed. I was informed by Manasi that from the next night they would be projecting old Bollywood clips onto the outside awning. I thought this would be a cool addition to what I considered to be a rather trendy Indian street food eatery.
Considering that Glebe contains an array of unique places to eat and drink, many offering live music or entertainment, it could become an ideal feature. I'm wondering if the clips might be some Bombay grooves from the 60s like this one below.
I thoroughly enjoyed my evening at Bombay Street Kitchen and will definitely be back with friends to enjoy more of their delicious menu. They have a great feasting menu for groups of ten or more. Starting from $29 per person, ideal for celebrations but you must book. Check this place out soon and enjoy Bombay Street Kitchen!
Below you'll find their current Lunch Special priced at $9.90! Curry Rice Pappadum Soft Drink
1 Choice of curry from:
Butter Chicken/Rogan Josh/Lamb Vindaloo/Vegie Curry
1 choice of soft drink from: