The newest addition to the burgeoning Indian street food scene is Mowgli, who have opened a new branch in Grand Central.
I went along to try it out, with Bite Your Brum and a couple of other friends. The restaurant is simply decorated with lots of wood and jars of fairy lights. It feels cool, and welcoming. The infamous swing seats look fantastic, although I admit, I do think that seems like a great way to end up with your dinner in your lap. Thankfully, our seats are attached firmly to the ground.
The menu is made up of small dishes of street food classics, and we take our server’s advice to order three dishes each.
The Gun Powder Chicken (£5.95) is chicken ‘poppers’, served with ginger, garlic, garam masala, and fried in chickpea batter. These are crispy on the outside, juicy inside, and not at all oily. Despite the chili garnish, these are not especially spicy, instead just flavoursome, and almost sweet.
Aunt Geeta’s Prawn Curry (£6.95) was spicier than I expected, but it’s heat with flavour, not just melt your face off for no reason. The curry is full of fat, tender prawns, and the sauce is hot and delicious. The Elephant Atta Roti (£1.70 for 2) is an excellent partner for dunking, and mopping up that tasty sauce.
The service was speedy, and friendly, and the bill very reasonable, considering the quality of the food, the portion sizes, and the amount of wine we drank! I’ll be back again, for sure.
We paid in full ourselves. All opinions, words and images are my own. They didn’t know I was a blogger.