We promised Berfu that we would introduce her to Indian street food one weekend. So, we visited Chatkazz in Harris Park.
Our mocktails: Mojito and watermelon juice for John.
Chatkazz is always busy as you can hear at the background.
We had Pani Puri as well but I didn’t take a photo of it as it’s not the most photogenic dish. This one is Dahi Puri.
Chinese Bhel was spectacular, again.
Khaman Dhokla (above)
Chhole Bhatura (above)
Chatkazz Indian Sweet Shop
On our way back, we popped in to Chatkazz’s Indian sweet shop and waited to be served for quite some time. Every other person was served but I guess you need to be Indian to be treated fairly in that shop. Anyway, in the end we had a box of sweets to take home like jalebi, ladoo, pista barfi, kaju and mango cakes.
We went back to Bentley’s Bar and Restaurant on Friday night. I wasn’t going to take photos to write a review because I did that not long ago. I didn’t even take my low-light-handling-well-camera with me. But, the food and the staff were fantastic. So, I couldn’t help myself. Here’s what we had from Bentley’s a-la-carte menu:
My starter: Carrot + Chamomile + Buttermilk + Grapefruit
Our friends, Madhu and Kushal, took us to Chatkazz last night for a night of Indian street food. It was fantastic! We are thinking of bringing Dad here. He would love it.
It is such a busy place. With all the hustle and bustle it actually feels like you are in India!
They have chairs, menus, pens and order slips outside where you wait for a table. While you’re waiting, you choose what you want from the menu and then scribble it down on the order slip.
Once you are inside, food just keeps coming so fast; you wouldn’t believe. Here we are, just before having incredible street food…
And, here’s what we had:
Sabudana Vada (above)
Chhole Bhatura (above)
Pani Puri (above) They are one of my old time favourites.
Dahi Puri (above)
Khaman-Dhokla (above). Another old-time favourites of mine.
Chinese Bhel (above): This was everyone’s favourite. I have just tracked down the recipe this morning. I will make it.
Chatkazz has a separate sweet shop. Those colourful sweets were so inviting when we popped in before dinner. I mean, look at them.
So, we bought some sweets after dinner but Kushal had already picked up some jalebi before dinner. He says jalebi is the first one they run out at the shop. Jalebi is one of my favourite Indian sweets. Thanks to Kushal I came home with some.
The Oaks in Neutral Bay is just a walking distance from our place. Although, it has always been quite inviting, I have recently started to go there. Being a pub and everything, we actually didn’t expect it to be vegetarian friendly. But, that’s not the case.
So far, I have had their veggie burger and one of the vegetarian gourmet pizzas. The veggie burger is grilled zucchini and eggplant, roasted tomato, rocket, halloumi cheese, caramelised onion, aioli and fries. The whole ensemble is huge; you wouldn’t go hungry. The gourmet pizza I had was Mixed Wild Mushrooms, garlic, mozzarella and truffle oil. It was one tasty pizza. Actually it puts Crust on the other side of the road into shame.
The best feature of The Oaks is its signature oak tree in the middle of the outdoor beer garden. It is “the” oak tree and it’s 78 years old. It was planted in August 1938 by Kathleen McGill. The sapling came from the old Anthony Horden’s department store on George Street as a gift with every purchase over 10 pounds.
The magnificient oak tree (above).
And this is what it looks like when the lights are on, providing an all-year-around Xmas tree.