New Openings: Sindhi Indian Street Food Restaurant
Sindhi is a new restaurant concept by Hemant Bhagwani, the founder and executive chef behind the popular Amaya group of restaurants. Sindhi takes you on a journey through the Indian sub-continent, highlighting colourful street food rich in textures and exotic flavours.
Bhagwani has an impressive resume full of culinary and business experience. He was classically trained in French cuisine in Switzerland and completed his MBA in Australia. He has worked around the globe, cooking in Australia and Dubai. In 1999, he starting working as a sommelier at 360 The Restaurant in the CN Tower -- a position he held for three years.
Like many restaurateurs, Bhagwani has had his share of restaurant fails that didn't stop him. In fact, I believe they drove him to create his hugely successful Amaya group of restaurants and recipes that have found their way onto grocery aisle shelves. The very first Amaya restaurant was born in 2006 in Toronto and it took the city by storm with its "fancified" version of Indian cuisine.
Over 20 Amaya locations later, Bhagwani is ready for a new and exciting concept for the people of Mississauga. He specifically chose our city for its multicultural population and says, "there is not a single Indian restaurant focusing on Indian street food. Most do buffets and some may have street food on the menu, but none [are] truly dedicated to street food."
Opening Date: Sunday, August 9 at 1:00 pm
Unique for: Bhagwani's concept is dedicated to presenting the flavours of Indian street food vendors -- flavours that take him back to his childhood. He hopes those same flavours will create the same pleasant nostalgia for other South Asian immigrants. He also hopes they'll impress those who simply love authentic Indian cuisine.
Recipe History: Bhagwani's trip to India a few months ago sparked the idea for this new resto concept. All of the recipes were designed and created by Bhagwani and his sous chefs -- a team of cooks from 5-star hotels in Dubai.
Food Menu: The menu is based on various food stations, each manned by one of his sous chefs. The dishes are all made-to-order in an open concept kitchen with various stations, such as the tandoor clay oven, tawa grill, charbroiler and hot stones. It includes snack-size versions of street food, main entrees, traditional Indian desserts and a traditional Indian weekend brunch. Although the average prices are extremely reasonable at $5 a dish, you will find that elevated cooking/prepping techniques have made their way onto the menu. The resto offers sous vide lamb shanks and uses liquid nitrogen for tableside ice cream.
Sindhi’s lentil, paneer and potato samosas and Chicken Special Plate with curried chicken and rice
A rich lamb curry served with toasted bread and herbs
Sindhi Ke Tikke Parantha: tandoori beef with a red chili and garlic-ginger marinade
Drink Menu: Lassis and coolers (mango and sauf lassi, rose and cardamom lassi, masala cola and more) and hot drinks (phetaeli coffee, dark chocolate chai, bailey's chai and more).
Type: Full service, casual dining.
Patio and Seats: No
(Located in the brand new plaza on the corner of Confederation and Eglinton. The plaza is so new it doesn’t show up properly on Google Maps yet.)