Durga’s Indian Street Food & Bar
Let’s just say, the opening of Durga’s Indian Street Food & Bar has given a new light to 2020. Brought to you by the same crew that gave Sydney Durga Paan & Falooda, this new spot pays homage to the street food eateries of Mumbai.
If you haven’t already guessed by its name, Durga’s plates up some serious deliciousness on the sweet and savoury front. The standout on the menu you absolutely need to be aware of is the vada pav. This veggie beauty is native to the state of Maharashtra in India (located in the western peninsula region of the Deccan Plateau).
The vada pav at Durga’s (which is also spelt as “vada pao”, “wada pav” or “wada pao”) is essentially Mumbai’s moreish version of the good ol’ burger. The patty is made up of a masala-soaked potato mash that gets deep-fried in a turmeric-based batter. Once this guy is good to go (that is fried to golden perfection), it gets placed in a buttered “pav”—a square-shaped Indian bread-bun—and is cooked with a heap of butter, garlic salts and served with tamarind and cilantro chutneys on a thali plate.
Also worth a hit on the menu is Durga’s jin dosas, which include a rotation of flavours. The OG is a South Indian-inspired dosa filled with grated cheese, shredded cabbage, carrot, onion, capsicum and beetroot, served alongside a wholesome cup of sambar and two traditional chutneys. And don’t skip out on Durga’s samosas. Packed with a delicious combo of potatoes, veggies, a variety of spices and then a selection of date chutneys on the side—they are divine.
On the sweeter side of things, there’s a whole lot to get excited about. First up, you can’t go past the falooda—a cold dessert with Persian origins that is traditionally made by mixing rose syrup, vermicelli, and sweet basil seeds with milk. Aat Durga’s this sweet creation gets made with just this plus noodles, pistachios and ice cream. Best falooda in Sydney? We’d back that.
Elsewhere on the menu, you can also go in for the mango lassi, a traditional yoghurt-based drink originating from India. Lassis are considered the “milkshakes” of Mumbai and they’re specifically blended using yoghurt, milk, ice-cream and fruit.
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