Work Lunch #8 – Delhi Streets down Flinders Lane

The Urban Ma Delhi streets

Delhi Streets down Melbourne’s laneways

Can’t cope with the drop in temperature and how it’s already so dark by 6pm? Ahh gotta love Melbourne and the end of daylight savings hey? In need of something to brighten the grey day, off Kenny and I went for another Melbourne CBD lunch adventure, this time at the newly opened Delhi Streets down The Archway boasting some of Melbourne’s new eateries.

Today’s lunch warmed me up like how you feel when you slip into a bed where the electric blanket has been turned up to 5 (remember those? I wonder if anyone still has them!). The pop of colour in their logo and the bright posters plastered across the walls made me feel instantly drawn to the place.

Delhi Streets Dosa Delhi Streets kitchen

Kenny’s copious amounts of encounters with Indian cuisine (see posts here and here) proves helpful for me and I order the dosa which he is surprised I’ve never had before! I’m surprised too as the wonderfully authentic flavours really did “surprise and excite the senses“.

Delhi Streets Bhel puri The Urban Ma

We ordered the following which was served with hospitable grace and appetizing presentation:

Bhel Puri $7(Puffed rice Indian salad) which was a sweet and sour mix of puffed rice and sev garnished with onions, tomatoes, potatoes, coriander and tamarind chutney (I had to Google was “sev” was! Sev is essentially small pieces of crunchy noodles made from chickpea flour paste which is seasoned with turmeric, cayenne, and Ajwain before being deep-fried in oil.”). You can just imagine the array of flavours that came with every crunch of this dish!
Vegetarian Thali, $10 Two veggie curries served with rice, naan, papadum, raita and salad
Masala Dosa Crepe Fusion, $10 a savoury crisp pancake filled with spanish onions, tomato, capsicum and servied with coconut chutney and sambar (a lentil based vegetarian soup)

Delhi Streets Vegetarian thaliDelhi Streets Masala Dosa

I was so full from my meal that I didn’t get to try out the interesting-sounding desserts (sweet carrot pudding and pistachio kulfi ice cream)! Can’t wait to visit Delhi Streets again to taste their sweets.

Open for lunch and dinner in The Archway down Flinders Lane, Delhi Streets also take bookings!

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Work lunch #2 – The Archway that holds Melbourne’s latest hidden foodie surprises

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5 and Dime Bagel Cafe
Katherine ok, Melbourne

Someone sat eating a gorgeously delicious looking bagel in the lunchroom at work the other day. So naturally I had to know where it can from. “The little laneway off Flinders lane”, I was told.

Long overdue for a catch up with one of my fellow blogger, Kenny (Consider the Sauce blog) and I went for a work lunch bagel hunt. I wanted to try something different to Work Lunch #1.

Along a row of, what I imagine will become popular and regular, lunch time haunts in The Archway for the population at this end of the CBD, is 5 and Dime Bagels.

We caught the lunch hour rush (we got there at around 12:30pm) with a line of hungry patrons up to the door. Luckily for us there were still lots of bagels on display in the window (I was told they were sold out last week!). I ordered a dill bagel with a generous spread of scallion and horseradish cream cheese topped with salmon and red onion recommended by the helpful and friendly staff.

It was bagel heaven!

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There were these sweet little slices on the counter bench top that look like what I can only describe as homemade Pop Tarts!!! I’ll have to come back to try them out next time! We had our little impromptu picnic right outside the cafe.2015/01/img_9677.jpg

Biting into my lunch made me think about all the Sunday mornings that mum would wake us up with warm bagels and spread waiting on the breakfast counter. I used to love eating the blueberry ones. I can’t remember where she bought them from all those years ago but the ones I tried today were so good I can’t wait to go back and take some home for the family!

You can purchase 5 and Dime Bagels from a few locations in the CBD and also at some farmers markets. 2015/01/img_9676.jpgLove the simple yet rich interior of this place.

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