With temperatures reaching 20C in Toronto today, it was a perfect day to visit the new Bombay Street Food at its Bay and College location. The Indian restaurant, which was formerly a pop-up, opened two days ago at its bricks-and-mortar location and was super-crowded at the lunch hour.
Owners Amreen and Seema Omar searched the streets of Mumbai to replicate the popular street food at their Toronto restaurant. What results are authentic dishes from Western India.
The restaurant features a take-out counter where you place your orders and then wait at a table for your meals to be served. The long line-up at the counter at 12 noon did die down somewhat closer to 1 p.m.
My dining partner and I placed an order for Salli Chicken Bowl, $11.95 and Beef Kheema Pav, $11.95. Both dishes are served with either The BSF Mixed Salad, Gunpowder Fries or Daal Chawal Rice. We both opted for the Gunpowder Fries.
While waiting for our food, we had a chance to observe our surroundings. Bombay Street Food is a spacious restaurant with tables and banquettes at one end and stools along a counter at the front window.
Distressed plaster walls, hardwood floors and elegant light fixtures try to recreate the popular Mumbai cafes owned by Irani restaurateurs.
Ahh, our food has arrived! I had a taste of my dining partner’s Salli Chicken Bowl, $11.95. The dish is described on the menu as a sweet-and-sour Parsi version of chicken curry. The bowl features curry chicken with basmati rice, topped with crispy potato stick chips and chopped coriander, along with a piece of Naan. This version of chicken curry is flavourful, light, and not too spicy. I love the combination of crispy, chewy and soft textures.
My Beef Kheema Pav, $11.95, featured medium spiced ground beef with chopped ginger an crispy onions topped with coriander and a yogourt sauce served on warm griddled pav buns. I really enjoyed the flavours in the spicy beef, but I was glad I ordered a Mango Lassi, $4.95, to cool down my palate from time to time. I also would have loved a bit more of the yogourt sauce to enjoy with the beef.
The Gunpowder Fries are some of the best in Toronto. I definitely recommend choosing fries as a side if you visit Bombay Street Food. These crispy potatoes are housemade with spices and coconut chutney. Delicious!
I’ve had Mango Lassi before, but it was made with mango and milk and I’m not a milk lover. Bombay Street Food’s Mango Lassi is made with mango and yogourt and I much prefer this version. The traditional Punjab drink is so refreshing to enjoy with spicy curries.
Bombay Street Food is a great addition to the busy Bay and College area. Whether you want to take out authentic Mumbai street food or enjoy your meal in the restaurant, you should be pretty pleased with your fare.