Street food. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. It’s here to stay.
The Indian Lunchbox was started by Reena Mistry in May 2016 and focuses on traditional, Indian street food. The difference? Its a mix of light vegetarian and vegan dishes. I’m a big fan of Indian food and having lived and worked in Mumbai, I’ve seen how much effort and work goes into creating great vegetarian and vegan dishes. Reena’s food is no different. It’s light, full of flavour and fresh. Fresh to death.
The menu includes 7 dishes: Double Roti burger, Aloo Tikki burger, Pav Bhaji, Chilli Mogo Chips, Bhel, Bhajis and a special that changes everyday.
I started with the signature dish and what the business was founded on, the Double Roti burger. A soft bread bun, stuffed with potato curry, spicy chevda, onions and chutney, with a spoon on the side to eat with. Yep, I ate a burger with a spoon and it was delicious. The curry was full of flavour and spice and the bread bun complemented it perfectly.
Next, I ordered the Bhel, a potato and chickpea salad, combined with puffed rice, sev, tomato, onions, nuts and mango chutney. It was amazing, incredibly authentic and bursting with so many flavours. The bhel alone took me back to the streets of Mumbai where I remember having it on several occasions.
I also tried the Bhaijis which were delicious. Crunchy and filled with red onions and a generous helping of chutney and chilli sauce on the side. The Chilli Mogo Chips which were made with cassava root vegetables and covered in chilli sauce were a new one for me and were spicy and unique.
The Indian Lunchbox is most definitely a family affair, with Reena and her sister serving the food, whilst her husband Dee and their family actively support the business. Even the cool branding is created by Reena’s husband. As it was Diwali, there were lots of Indian sweets too.
To drink, I ordered a Bombay Gold beer from The Indian Brewery who are currently taking over the tap at 1000 Trades. The beer was sweet, with honey tones and went well with the food. I’ll be checking out more beers from these guys when they open in Snow Hill soon.
I was really impressed with The Indian Lunchbox and I’m looking forward to eating my way through the menu again soon. It was also great to see such a lovely family doing something that they love.
The Indian Lunchbox is at 1000 Trades until Saturday 5th November, so catch it before it’s gone.
1000 Trades can be found at 16 Frederick St, Birmingham B1 3HE. WEBSITE.
Twitter: @1000TradesJQ @theindilunchbox
*I was invited to try the food but I did purchase my own drinks. My opinions are my own*