When we are thinking of good Indian food we think about what feels like “comfort”, and this usually comes back to mom’s home cooking. Really – who cooks better than mom? OK. Move over mom, there is a new player in town that may just replace you. Ok no one will ever replace mom, but Firangi will definitely give you a run for your money. We brought Mom along to try it for herself and her plate was spic and span by the time we were just going for seconds.
We have been hearing a lot of amazing things about Indian Firangi, an Urban Bistro with a old school Dhaba vibe.
For our readers who are not familiar with what a Dhaba is, it is a roadside restaurant or cafe in either India or Pakistan featuring Punjabi cuisine. These type of restaurants in the Eastern part of the world are known for offering the best food aka Street Food at very affordable prices.
Five years ago we went to India to shop for my sister’s wedding, as Indian weddings can be quite lavish with many functions to attend there are lots of outfits, jewelry, shoes (you get the drift) to buy. My sister and I can shop anytime and anywhere, and then add good food in the mix and we are happy….ok more like in heaven. The great thing about India is as much as there is an an abundance of shopping choices, there are just as many food choices. You can find food hawkers and stalls selling delicious street food pretty much at every corner. Sometimes if you ended up spending too much time at a particular store and looked like you were going to be spending money – the store owners would often order snacks/lunch/dinner or chai for you! For us this was a total foreign concept – like who does that? But it is a very common practise in India, shop while you eat! So after spending long days shopping we would also end up eating from Dhabas, we ate things like Pao Bhaji, Chat Papri, Pani Puri, Sandwiches, Bhel Puri, Kebobs. Those were some of our best foodie experiences.
Today while dining at Indian Firangi (aka Firangi) we were served by Ali, a very comical server who was very educated about the food and the stories behind how the signature items on their menu were created. I loved the style of the restaurant, you walk in to a host stand which leads into another room with a bar and open concept kitchen. I love the idea of an open concept kitchen, I like to be able to see where my food is coming from. They also have another larger dining room with an elevated private space for larger groups. The decor is very interesting, it’s not anything I have seen before as it plays with a lot of different styles and themes which are very different but somehow work well together. In the open space in the front you see a very interesting art piece hung on the back wall, then you see a mix of tables both low to the ground and high tops. The back dining rooms are a bit more traditional and what you would expect from a cozy Indian restaurant.
Love how the glass canisters are imbedded into the wall with ingredients. Also like the minimalistic design that is simple yet classy. The entrance really caught my eye as it didn’t give off that classic “Indian restaurant” vibe.
Drum roll for all the food that we ate. Literally. We ate and drank all of this. Ok we had some leftovers but majority of it was finished at the restaurant.
What We Ate:
Started off with a Lime and Black Pepper infused soda, sounds like a odd combo but it is one of the most refreshing drinks I have ever had. Simple ingredients but a bold taste – and that mint just heightens the flavour!
Hare patey ke Tokri Chaat -Baby spinach leaves lightly battered and fried. The chef builds the chat around the fried round and mixes it with tamarind, mint, and yogurt. All topped off with boiled potatoes, sprouts and pomegranates.
Manchurian Gobi – Indo chinese garlic cauliflower lightly battered in spices and topped off with scalians. This is one of their most ordered dish!
Mirch Tikka – Cilantro and Green chili marinated white meat chicken served with carrot and cabbage garnish. This boneless chicken appetizer is a perfect sharable amongst a group.
Pao Bhaji with Musaka Bun. Mashed veggies with house made butter bun is a vegetarian favourite! A Mumbai original street food that is a shareable but can easily be a meal for one as well!
Nurani Kebob – Chicken Kebob wrapped around Ontario Lamb served in shot glasses which are lined with cilantro and mint chutney. As the saying goes, you eat with your eyes first!
Veggie Tiffin – House special vegetables served in rounds, with a side of rice and naan bread. My favourite was the white chick pea curry. I tend to gravitate more towards the vegetables with curry, easier to eat with both rice and naan!
Chef Special Ambaa Wala Chicken Curry – Pieces of white meat chicken in a thick curry with spices. This is a secret chef recipe, also one of the most popular chicken curry dishes at Firangi.
Firangi – A term used in India that basically means “foreigner”. Often used as slang playfully in conversations when describing visitors. When we visit India our family jokingly calls us Firangi’s even though we were born there! Thank you to the Sethi family for being such gracious host’s and for introducing us to this new level of fusion dining. We will be back, and this time we will bring some Firangi’s with us..;)
I chose not to do indvidual points for this place because everything we had was mouth watering delicious and they truly deserve a solid 5 Frequent Flyer Foodie points!
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