Guacamole-flavoured beer cocktails, idli sliders and more at Street Mama
A vintage light bulb sign reading ‘Street Mama’ grabs our attention as we ascend to the fifth floor of Garuda Mall. The restaurant is the latest venture by Global Kitchens who also own The Irish House. As we enter, we are welcomed into a space that can only be described as a riot of colour and chaos. This is
intentional, we are told. It is meant to make you feel like you are in the middle of a chaotic food street. Thanks to the graffiti on the walls, distressed wooden flooring and hawker carts, we certainly do. Muted grey walls and flooring serve to bring out the skillfully done artwork, from the double-headed crocodile to the abstract art on the AC ducts.
The space is divided into four areas — Mama’s Cave (featuring a live kitchen), Mama’s Hood (an amphitheatre with informal seating), Mama’s Hangout (with an 80-feet bar) and Mama’s Court (the banquet area).
Having just taken our seat at Mama’s Hangout, we are greeted by a ‘street hawker’ peddling flavoured mojitos — watermelon and jalapeno. We choose the jalapeno, which is slightly sour but infinitely refreshing. Before long, we are treated to a quick succession of cocktails with interesting flavour pairings, such as Guaca Beer (dark beer, coriander, muddled avocado and jalapeno) and Betel Street (paan and vodka — not for everyone). We highly recommend the former, but we also enjoy the Dah Ya Mama (dark rum, pineapple and cinnamon).
Take a bite
The menu is a mix of small eats taking inspiration from street food from across the world. We first sample the Guac on Toast. Light and fresh, it features guacamole, sour cream and rocket on rye bread. The nutty notes from the rocket leaves add an edge to what is otherwise a dish that is run-of-the-mill. Innovation is what makes most of their dishes winners. Case in point, the Idli Sliders. Our favourite from the menu, this vegetarian appetiser is an idli sandwich, with the filling being finely diced paneer, cooked in South Indian spices. Crisp on top and soft inside, the slider comes with three different chutneys made from coconut, onion and tomato.
The Lakdi Seekh too prides itself on novelty. Sugarcane sticks serve as the skewers for this seekh kebab, that is high on spice and flavour. We draw our lunch to a close with Mexican favourite, Churros. Dusted with sugar and cinnamon, the dessert is served with three sauces - caramel, dark chocolate and coffee, which makes a difference for those who are looking for something extra special.
With an interesting concept and innovative dishes, this restaurant is poised to be a hit in this part of the Central Business District.
Rs.1,000++ for two. At Magrath Road