As somebody who lives in the suburbs, I’m always really excited to discover places to eat and drink which mean that I don’t have to schlep into town. Don’t get me wrong, I love going into town but sometimes I just like to stay closer to home, especially if the weather is “changeable” (ie. rubbish) like it has been recently. I’m fairly sure this is an age thing and my desire to feel snug!
With this in mind, we ventured down to Dostana in Woolton Village on a particularly autumn-y Sunday to try their new, street-food menu. Spoiler alert: it’s fab!
Not only does Dostana fulfil my love of Indian food, it also hits another love which is sharing food and small plates. I’m the opposite of a Joey (doesn’t share food), I love to share, my gluttony means I get to try all the foods and avoid the inevitable food envy that often prevails! I’m also terribly indecisive (again, gluttony) so ordering half the menu is the only sensible option!
The first thing to say about Dostana is how incredibly friendly everyone who works there is. Mubs, the manager, told me that dostana means friendship and you really get a sense of family in the restaurant. It’s been family run for 30 years and, whilst the menu may have changed, that family friendly is still ingrained.
So, on to the food. The new street food menu is brilliant and really affords you the chance to try lots of different things.
Does anybody else fill up on poppadoms and chutneys before everything else arrives?! Always the way, like eating all my popcorn before the film starts!The chingri chop is a majestic Indian prawn cocktail with massive butterflied prawns marinated with chilli and masala and coated in a herby bread crumb.
Dostana is absolutely fantastic and you should head down there immediately, especially if you’re local. They are also doing a brilliant Halloween menu, Christmas day menu (curry for Christmas? Yes!) and a Mumbai breakfast which looks brilliant, that’s next on our list!
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