Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: Delhi Streets, Melbourne.
Travellers recently returned from India like to bang on about how great the street food is, bemoaning the dearth of those kind of light, vibrant, refreshing, deftly spiced flavours back home in Australia. But now with Delhi Streets, a compact joint with an open kitchen, thumping Indian pop soundtrack and walls plastered with Bollywood and advertising posters, good Indian street food has suddenly become much more accessible. Part of a laneway precinct of food shops in the CBD known as The Archway, Delhi Streets dishes up a wide range of pan-Indian dishes from a crisp-edged masala dosa filled with spiced potatoes and served with coconut chutney and sambar (a lentil-based vegetable stew) to a brilliantly textured bhel puri: puffed rice salad garnished with onions, tomatoes, potatoes, coriander and tamarind chutney. The tandoor oven pumps out naan that are topped with the likes of chicken tikka and salad or paneer, tomato, onions and masala sauce or potato and pea cakes. There's sweet stuff, too - addictive syrupy cottage cheese gulab jamun dumplings- and you can also get a mango lassi, chai, Thums Up or a Kingfisher lager to wash it all down. Happy days for street-food lovers.*
Delhi Streets, 22 Katherine Pl, Melbourne, Vic. (03) 9629 2620
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