We were invited by Chocolate Limited to a bloggers’ dinner and received a warm welcome from Bruce (Manager).
Whilst we chatted to Bruce, Natasha and Cindy (Chocolate Ltd) as well as getting to know the other food bloggers, we sipped on mango lassis and sampled mini versions of chicken lollipop and masala dosas, and popular chaat (street food snacks) of pani puri, bhel puri, and aloo papri chaat. These transported us to being on a Mumbai and Goan street corner at a street food seller’s cart. It is a great way to get to know new people over sharing platters whilst sitting at communal tables. Also, we were served warm snack versions of filled rotis (Indian flat breads) with chicken, lamb, prawn and paneer. These were nicely spiced though the prawn one could have done with a bit more chilli heat, but that is personal preference.
Next we got platters of succulent tandoori lamb chops with a perfectly balanced spiced crust, flaky salmon tikka, Old Delhi chicken tikka, and paneer tikka with a crisp outer and a soft warm centre (like comforting velvety hugs in every mouthful).
Suarav (head chef) came over and explained his inspirations for the dishes on the menu were from traditional delights served at roadside stalls. Nitin (owner) informed me that Suarav was a protege of Atul Kochar and that they sourced all their produce from the same suppliers as Benares.
By this point we were stuffed but soldered on when Suarav brought out his signature dishes of urban lamb curry, murgh makhni, Hyderabadi lamb biryani, kaali dahl, palak paneer, and baigan aur mirch ka salan – all accompanied with classic naans, rotis and plain rice. Suarav’s creative use of spices in the all the dishes was like a flavour explosion in your mouth. Particularly loved the traditional way the biryani was served with the naan bread dough cover over the haandi containing the biryani sealing in all the flavour and that you had to crack through the cover to get at the delights inside.
Great friendly atmosphere with authetic Indian street food dishes and attentive service. Go check them out, as they provide especially homesick Indians with street food treats that satisfy those hunger pangs for traditional snacks and dishes.
Twitter: @inito_UK @chocolate_Ltd