At the intersection of the bustling eateries in Glebe Point Road and the busy carriageways of Parramatta Road, Bombay Street Kitchen is perfectly placed to tantalise Sydney palates with the street foods of Mumbai. The menu here pays tribute to hawkers and local delicacies, which are rarely found elsewhere in Sydney, meaning that there’s plenty to excite lovers of Indian cuisine.
We decided to cool down on a hot summer’s day with the Indian made Kingfisher lager and also the Nimbu Pani, which is a homemade lemonade with a dash of lime, mint, spices and mixed with sugar.
Kingfisher Lager $7, Nimbu Pani $4.50
With a kaleidoscope of various entrees and small dishes to choose from, we decided to go for the the Pani Poori and the Pav Bhajji. The Pani Poori came out as light-gold pockets with fillings and we were able to sprinkle as much or little tamarind water on for flavouring. We were advised to pop in the whole thing in one go, where the different textures of the crispy skin with potatoes, sprouts, spices and chutney melded into a flavoursome mouthful.
Pani Poori, $6.90
The Pav Bhajji was entirely different, featuring a bowl of lightly mashed (and still slightly chunky) vegetable based curry which was served with warm buttered bread. As we slathered the curry over the bread, we were also able to add onion, coriander, lemon juice or extra spice as per personal preference. The boy loved the hearty mix and it was definitely a dish that can be enjoyed by all.
Pav Bhajji, $7.90
Accompanying our mains were baskets of wholemeal roti and delicious garlic naan which had been cooked in the tandoori oven. It was interesting to find tinges of Middle Eastern influence in the menu such as the Parsi Macchi, which was a white fish fillet curry dish made of green chili, sesame, coriander and coconut. This gave it a sweet and sour taste not usually found in Indian cuisine and in fact was complemented very nicely by the roti. We also had the Chicken Korma which had the characteristic creamy sauce and a lovely hint of masala. In between the curries, we also ordered the Koliwada prawns (a popular dish for fishermen) which came out as popcorn sized red crunchy bits, delicious on its own, or could be tempered by a lemon scented yoghurt.
Parsi Macchi, $18.90
Chicken Korma, $17.90
Roti, $3.00 and Garlic Naan, $3.80
Koliwada Prawns, $9.90
To cap off our night, we finished with the Lapshee, which consisted of cracked wheat caramelised with jaggery and fennel served with smoked yoghurt and some strawberries. An interesting mix of sweet and savoury, we did enjoy the rice-like dish – however it is fairly filling for an end to a big meal.
Bombay Street Kitchen is definitely transporting Sydneysiders straight to the streets of Mumbai with their carefully curated menu of local delicacies. Highly recommended for those looking an authentic journey into real Indian cuisine.
Excuse Me Waiter dined as guests of Bombay Street Kitchen