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Mumbai Street Food - a street vendor vibe in Leith.
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Mumbai Street Food
43 Assembly Street,
Leith,
Edinburgh,
City of Edinburgh,
EH6 7BQ
Tues-Sun 2.30pm–11pm


"Street food is ready-to-eat food or drink sold by a hawker, or vendor, in a street or other public place, such as at a market or fair. It is often sold from a portable food booth, food cart, or food truck and meant for immediate consumption.” (Wikipedia) A common sight in warmer climes, the concept is slowly infiltrating Scottish eateries.

Whilst there have always been many Indian restaurants in Edinburgh, Asian ‘street food’ is a relatively new concept here. The tapas-style dishes at newly opened Mumbai Street Food are all technically meals in themselves. Eaten together as a main meal, they’re a feast for the senses.

We could smell delicious aromas from the restaurant on approach to the building that once used to house Kublai Khan in deepest Leith. A good sign indeed. The restaurant is pretty big, an ambitious project to take on. We found the open kitchen of the layout sympathetic to the street vendor vibe as we watched our nosh being prepped.

I’m a big fan of lots of little dishes, so the selection of 18 ‘Specialty Street’ dishes (16 vegetarian) pleased me greatly. Pani Puri are crispy shells crammed with Bombay mix, spiced chickpeas and tatties. Fill them up with the aromatic sauce and pop them in your gob all at once for a flavor explosion. Delightful. Mumbai’s famous roadside snack, Pav Bhaji, is a rich vegetable puree served with oh-so-light bread. Smoked Aubergine Bhartha was served with wafer thin but robust puri (like flatbread) for scooping up the velvety puree. Also on the bread-like front was the Indian version of a wrap, Kathi, we had the veggie option which would have made a light lunch in itself. I could have gone home satisfied there, but for the sake of completeness had to try their curries. Coastal curry was reminiscent of coconut palms on the beach, however the highlight was most definitely the Garlic and Chilli curry. Sizeable slivers of caramelised garlic with a surprisingly delicate tomato sauce made this dish my favourite of the menu. I think it also got rid of my cold. I will return just for that garlic. Mmm.

 

Apparently some Indian restaurants use only one or two ‘mother’ sauces to flavor food. MSF use seven or eight, which shows in the broad range of flavours savoured on our culinary adventure. Tastier and better value than some, this is a true taste of street food with the comfort of sitting down. (T. Griffen)

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