Monday, 10 June 2013

FOODIE POST: IMLI STREET + ST MORITZ

Before anyone makes any assumptions, the answer is No, I didn't eat at both places in the same day...
Though with my love for food and insatiable appetite, I think I could easily manage it if I wanted to...

So let's start off with Imli Street, recently reopened following a full redesign and refurbishment, bringing the taste of Indian street food in a modern environment.










Coastal Mix - squid, fish and prawns

The Coastal Mix had a nice little variety of seafood to sample. The prawns were really fresh and springy, probably the best out of the platter, followed by the fish and the squid rings. 

Boti Kabab - tandoori lamb chunks

I did like the flavour of the Boti Kabab, but would have enjoyed it more if the texture wasn't quite as tough...

Veg Khorma - mixed vegetables

Can't say I was a fan of the Veg Khorma - pretty blend and rather ordinary...

Puri Bhaji - puffed bread and potato curry

I was quite intrigued by the Puri Bhaji, something that I've never tried before. Having said that, it was a bit tricky filling the puffed bread with the curry as it was really thin and flimsy, and the curry quite watery...
Be prepared to get your hands dirty...and a bib ready to catch any dribbles...

Chocolate Pataka - lonavala chikki, sizzling walbut brownie, dark chocolate sauce

Aam Ras - mango soup, coconut ice cream, basil sago

The desserts were probably my favourite dishes - I picked the two that were recommended by the waitress, and was not disappointed!
The brownie was very rich and moist with little crunchy bits - the chikki I presume. For those who don't know what chikki is, it's a traditional ready-to-eat Indian and Pakistani sweet made from groundnuts and jaggery. And yes, I had to google this... - good 'ol Wikipedia!

The Aam Ras, in contrast, was very sweet and refreshing, and went really well with the creamy coconut ice cream. Though I still have rather mixed feelings about the basil sago...



Overall service was quite prompt, and the waitress was really friendly and polite in helping to recommend dishes to us. Food was served to us pretty fast as well, but would have been better if they were served a bit warmer.

Now moving down the block to St Moritz...London's oldest Swiss restaurant.

 Lili and I have been eying this place for a while...
It was a Saturday evening and we didn't have a reservation, but thankfully there was a table available for a couple of hours before 8.30pm. Good thing we arrived a few minutes earlier before other people walked in and were turned away because they were fully booked.





For the starter, we ordered Ragout de champignons sauvages - a selection of wild mushrooms sauteed with shallots. The sauce was so good, that we kept it aside to dip with the bread later on!








We ordered the Fondue moitie-moitie (half-half), which consisted of melted Gruyere and Vacherin Fribourgeois cheese from Switzerland served with new potatoes and bread.
We could taste the white wine and garlic in it as well, which was absolutely delicious...
So highly calorific, yet so good...




The cheese was really filling, but it was so hard to resist the gooey bubbling pot of sinful yumminess...we finished about 3/4 of it!
A fat and carb-filled evening...hard work this week!



 Service on the whole prompt and efficient, and we were even given some recipe menus before we left. Not that I'm thinking of attempting to make cheese fondue at home anytime soon, but then again who knows...

Off for dance class now!

 
For some, haha.

Happy Monday people x


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