Street art can be found all over the world with some amazing and unbelievable spray paint art visible in the streets of United States and Europe. That said, street art is often confused with grafitti which is a more crude way of conveying a message mostly in the form of letters and is not as accepted as street art globally.
Bangalore has never experimented much with street art except on the occasional walls such as MG Road Metro Station and some art in a handful of restaurants. Recently I got to experience a restaurant where not only do the have the street vibe but also boasts of some of the best street food one can find in one location. Street Mama blows your mind from the moment you walk into their entryway sending all the right vibes to prepare you for the magical experience of street art conceptualized by some creative minds in our city.
Every part of this restaurant is lined with art with different seating arrangements from the simple red chairs and tables to the more grunge street style boxes at another end along with american diner style seating and high chairs at the bar counter. Depending on the mood, company and time available one can choose between any of these options or just settle in on the cane swing chairs. Wherever you choose to sit you just cannot miss all the cheeky Mama based innuendos sprayed across the place.
The restaurant occupies a large area wherein their entracing open kitchen is at the entrance along with their centrally located bar. The bar is once again beautifully light up and also holds 2 televisions playing the latest sports matches.
One of the highlights of this place was supposedly their signature cocktails made in carts which do the rounds on a regular basis. This reminds me of the carts on the streets of Bangkok and they seem to be well received here and aptly named Street Chemistry Cocktails. That day we tried their Poms Pimms which I found a little too bitter for my taste but their bartender was accommodating to spike it to my taste. Our next choice was the Street Hound which bang on the buck with its rosemary infused smoke.
For the teetotallers they also have a few interesting mocktails such as the Crunchy Apple, Street Blend and many more.
It is rare to find a place which you offers the popular street grub in one location and the menu is quite the read with not just the options available from Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. To ensure we tried a bit of everything we ordered for their Togarashi Chicken Sticks which was tender chicken on sticks wrapped with noodles and deep fried. The kids had a ball with this dish as it was a fun dish to dig into. The chicken inside was equally appetizing. We had to try their Idli Slider which was more suited to my south indian loving palate but the chettinad paneer inside the idli along with the chutneys sealed the dish.
Moving over to the Asian cuisine, I love Prawn Hargao and as soon as I saw it in their menu, it was a foregone conclusion these dumplings would make its way to our table. The dumplings with its translucent outer cover and delicately marinated minced prawns was the perfect appetizer. We could not resist trying the Sinister Prawns from the Americas section of their small eats.
I have heard their Pork chops was quite good and had to try them for myself and though I felt it could have more meat the dish in itself was appetizing.
For Mains we decided to stick to Asian noodle bowl, Pork pepperoni Pizza and a Hamburger some of my choices when it comes to street kind of grub. While the hubby enjoyed this Hakka Noodle bowl, the kids delved into their Pepperoni pizza and I had my fill of their pulled blackened beef burger. The pizzas here are excellent and if you want a juicy burger, this is definitely the place to come to!
There is always room for dessert said a wise friend of mine and we knew we had to try their signature dessert – Churros. Being crazy about Chocolate, my dessert turned out to be their Gooey Chocolate Pot which was indeed as sinful as they claimed it to be. If you love chocolate, I recommend you do not miss this dessert!
For someone like me who loves to travel and explore the cuisines of the world this is a hang out where you can experience it all!
Address: 5th Floor, Garuda Mall, Magrath Road, Ashok Nagar, Bangalore.
Ph: 080 45128762