21 September, 2016
Restaurant Review : Urban Street Cafe, KharPosted in : Restaurant Review on by : Disha Khurana Tags: economical, khar, pocket friendly, value for money, vegetarian
Tasty hygienic food with amazing flavours, pocket friendly & a great hang out place are some of the important criteria’s for most of us. Fancy restaurants no doubt are great but definitely not affordable on a regular basis & specially times when you are short on money & yet want to step out, pocket friendly places with good food win any day.
I am so glad that an area which is mainly surrounded with places either heavy on pricing or very average food or lounges with loud music got a new café called Urban Street Café. Khar – Bandra witness new entrants almost every second week, some last & some don’t. Most pocket friendly places have very average food or simply do not make for a great hang out place. But this one however does & is definitely going to be one of my regular’s.
Urban Street Cafe’s food is mainly comfort food, right from their salad’s to the main course dishes to their humble beverages & mocktails. It’s not even a month old but the colourful & quirky interiors attracted me to the place & I went along with a foodie friend to check out the place. While my friend tried the Brownie Milkshake, I went with the humble Masala Chai along with Bhajia Poppers. The Brownie Milkshake was really good & creamy as mentioned to me by my friend & the masala chai too was great but a tad bit sweet for my liking. The Bhajia Poppers again were disappointing as it had a lot of whole coriander seeds, too spicy & way too hard. I did suggest them to make the required changes with this dish & I hope the next time I order; I see an improvement.
I thought to myself that even though the food is quite economically priced, the food is yet again average but how wrong was I. The next few dishes simply blew my mind, I tried the Lebanese Falafel Salad & was mighty pleased with the hummus & the freshness & crunch of the vegetables & not to forget the Whole Wheat Pita Bread that comes with it. I loved this so much that I got a take away the very same night to have it for dinner as well. Highly Recommended!
Next I tried the Herbed Mushroom & Cheese Quesadilla & the Veggie Lover Pizza (Half); both the dishes arrived in no time & I was mighty pleased. The great thing about the Herbed Mushroom & Cheese Quesadilla was the use of whole wheat tortilla’s instead of flour & even the flavours were spot on. While the Veggie Lover Pizza was nothing fancy but I loved the fact that we had an option of half & full pizza as well the quality of the mozzarella cheese was amazing. In spite of being half pizza, the quantity was great which again is great plus point. Next time I am there, I am definitely trying the Mumbai Chi Pizza as the name itself is quite interesting.
After a few laughs & a great conversation we then ordered for the Soya Kheema & Maska Pav along with Lovely Lemonade. I am not kidding but I could literally lick the whole bowl of the Soya Kheema, such beautiful & subtle flavours that one simply can’t resist. My only disappointment was that I expected normal Pav & not buttered burger buns along with it. The Lovely Lemonade was perfect with the Soya Kheema, it was refreshing & had a nice tang to it with the use of chaat masala & tasted similar on the lines of Kala Khatta.
Lastly we tried Penne Magic Masala with Garlic Bread & Khow Suey Curry to end our meal. The Penne Magic Masala was brilliant, it had an Indian touch to it with the use of sliced green chillies & great quantity of garlic. Order only if you have the tolerance for green chillies or like me you can request them to go light on the green chillies or simply order for their alfredo or arrabiata pasta. The Khow Suey Curry sadly again did not do much for me, the flavours were good but definitely not great. The consistency too needed to be more thick & rich & it needed more of the curry as the ratio between the noodles & vegetables to the curry was quite off.
Urban Street Café has also tied up with Delhi heart by bringing them on board for some lip-smacking chaat’s that my other foodie friends have raved about. Since the chaat counter opens post 4-4.30pm, I could not taste it as I was there for lunch.
Teething issues with new places exist but how the restaurant management takes the healthy criticism & uses it to improve their quality is most important & Urban Street Café was no different. Luckily the management seemed to have taken the criticism in a positive way & I hope the few glitches are worked on & improved. I am definitely going back for my favourites & to try out the chaat soon’est.