Sunday, 27 November 2016
Travel The World Through Food At World Streat Food | Food Review
Traveling the world. Now there is a dream all of us nurture all our lives, yet only a lucky few ever achieve it. Well, as a consolation prize, we are fortunate enough to live in modern times where we have access to food from all over the world. World Streat Food brings dishes from all over the world, not only the usual Chinese, Thai and Italian dishes but even places like Mongolia, Austria, Argentina find a place of pride in the vast menu that deserves at least 5 visits to try it all.
From those with a traditional palate (they can choose Biryani and Thai Green Curry) to those with more a more experimentative bent, this is a place to go in large groups, with friends or families to try as much as possible and also indulge in some cool conversations in colorful ambiance. Some tables are set together very close but otherwise there is no space crunch here which is a marvel in Mumbai. Staff is very quick and most importantly, they will always suggest dishes to go with your palate. I have not travelled the world, so I will not comment on the 'authenticity' of any dish, but that has never been a major factor for me. It tastes good, I am happy. And oh boy, was I happy after a huge tasting session here.
My sister ordered for a Strawberry Mojito (refreshing) & I had a Sweet Lime Soda,they do have a vast beverage menu but we were more focused on the food section :D We did try England's Broccoli & Cheddar Soup which was appropriately wholesome.
Once the appetizers started coming, we had a hard time choosing our favorites.
Chinese Sichuan Style Baked Corn in Wonton Cups looked beautiful, crunchy wonton cups cradling a mix of corn and other veggies in mildly spicy sauce, decent enough to taste,
Mongolian Vegetable Sui Mai Dumpling and Lotus Root & Water Chestnut Dumplings were really good, as vouched for by my sister who is crazy about dumplings, former being best for someone like me with chopped veggies in a blander version while latter was spicy and very crunchy, perfect for my sister,
Tokyo's Rock Corn Tempura is a must have (think of it as corn bhajiyas, everyone would love it!) and so is Mexican Devil Fries (Fries with mayo stripes, salsa sauce, veggies, yumm!),
The Asian section here is particularly delish, we especially loved Satay Kentang and Satay Tahu -former being potatoes on skewer and latter Tofu, both soft, perfectly marinated, coated in lemongrass based sauce and garnished with crushed peanuts, could have gone for a second round easily :)
Also, you might find more non veggie options on the menu but you can get many of these dishes in veg version too, just ask the staff, we got Argentina's Fugazza in a veg version, nice focaccia with cheese, caramelized onions in pesto sauce base, very refreshing,
Among the main course, we started with South African Bunny Chow, a famous dish with hollowed out bread filled with mildly spicy curry with veggies, it is huge and has that feel of having pav bhaji, Indian goodness in a global form :D
For noodle lovers, Bangkok's Phad Thai Noodles is a pretty good option, sweet and spicy gravy based, it is the peanuts used in there that elevated the dish -yes, I looooove peanuts and when used judiciously, the dish would easily be my favorite as this was!
For those in love with fried rice, you can go for Indonesian Nasi Goreng but beware, this is a dry fried rice dish, so you might want a gravy alongside, on its own it is quite flavorful but we are used to gravy based dishes, don't worry the staff would help you in ordering :)
Finally we had Italian Homemade Tagliatelle with assorted Mushroom Ragout, frankly by this time we were more than full (even though we just had tasting portions of everything), but the dense mushroom flavor and fresh pasta stripes made us lick the plate clean, one of the best pasta dishes we ever had. Sooooo good!
For desserts, we chanced upon 2 of the best on their menu- Turkish Cardamom & Coffee Spiked Chocolate Kopuk which is basically a soft,luscious chocolate mousse with hints of coffee & cardamom (how can you go wrong with that :D) and American Bread & Butter Pudding with Creme Anglaise - nobody in my family likes bread pudding, it always comes across as too eggy and weirdly soggy in texture, but here it comes across as a white chocolate mousse. If they had not told us it was bread pudding, we wouldn't know it! A must-try, even if you hate bread pudding :D
It is not easy to do justice to so many varied items from so many different places but these guys do pretty well, they are not just serving every dish in same 2-3 sets of gravies, there are discernible flavors in everything, combined with good quantity and affordable price points, all of which make it a must visit. Traveling the world through cuisine, isn't that a neat idea. And World Streat Food does it so sooo well! Bon Appetite :)