Bombay Street food has been brought to Toronto. Driven by passion and nostalgia, sister-in-laws Amreen and Seema took a trip back to Mumbai to bring back the old Irani cafes of Bombay – which have almost disappeared.
” – their faded elegance once attracting all measures of Indian life. Slowly turning ceiling fans gave respite to the students, lawyerswriters, taxi-wallas and businessmen who sipped tea or dined next to walls adorned with sepia-toned family portraits.
Opened early last century by immigrants from Iran, there were almost four hundred cafes at their peak in the 1960s. Now, fewer than thirty remain. Bombay Street Food’s vision is to introduce North America to the charm and rustic grace of these cafes, bringing the experience to a new audience.” – Bombay Street food.
With the help of Jump Agency the vivid colours and intoxicating fragrances have brought this experience back to life in Toronto. Today, this space is packed full of downtown professionals – a boisterous lunch crowd.
The menu is small and concise which is always a good thing.
Sev Puri is delicate and crisp , cool potatoes green mango chutneys open a world of hot spices that don’t linger – Bengal gram flour noodles enrich the texture of the dish. Medium spiced beef Kheema chopped with ginger, crisp onions, coriander on warm buttered griddled Pav buns drizzled with yogurt sauce. I chose crisp gunpowder fries as tossed with unique spices and coconut chutney.
Masala haddock (broiled east coast haddock filet) pops with curry flavour, however lacks salt, topped with kachumber. The side salad was a letdown, tossed with lime… A very acidic lime with NO coconut flavour at all.
We did enjoy our visit and will be back to try different items on the menu. I would definitely recommend enjoying your meal with the ripe Mango Lassi and the cardamom and rosewater infused Sweet Lassi.