This new restaurant is located in the west end of downtown, with lots of street parking and a huge pay lot nearby – a nice change from trying to find a place to park when hitting up a restaurant on Stephen Avenue. The theory behind the restaurant is to showcase the wonderful food that the three partners have enjoyed while travelling around the world. They’ve sure succeeded with a very worldly menu – food from Vietnam, Korea, India, Mexico etc. With a great selection of street food inspired burgers, sandwiches, salads, and bowls, there truly is something for everyone.
The prices at The Street Eatery are very decent – base prices are $9-$14 and add-ons range from $1-$2. I mean, where can you add bacon or steak or chicken to a dish for only $1?? Here! You can even make your meal a combo (add a side and a can of pop), for only $3.85. I’m really thrilled that we’ve found a place with great food that’s easy to get to where I don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on the bill. Heck, a bottle of beer was only $4!
The space is very bright and open, with great art work. At dinner time on a Sunday during Stampede the restaurant was pretty quiet, but there were a number of take out orders when we were there. Upon entry, you place your order at the till, pay, and find yourself a seat. I find these kinds of arrangements a challenge, as I don’t know what to tip before I’ve received my food. But, given my first experience here I now know the food will be great!
The King Tostadas came highly recommended by Benny who was at the till. Two crunchy (albeit somewhat salty) tortilla shells smothered with refried beans, fresh pico de gallo, corn, cabbage, feta cheese, jalapeños, cilantro and an avocado poblano aioli, for just $11.50, these were delicious! Seriously – both Jay and I thought these tostadas were to die for, and worth a trip to the restaurant alone. I’ve been to one of the trendy Mexican restaurants in town and paid $15 for ONE seafood tostada that had a fraction of the filling on top. This dish is now one of my favourites in the city! Every mouthful was a fresh flavour explosion in my mouth and I actually dropped the F-bomb with my first bite (it was that good!).
We also shared the butter chicken ($14) with a side of naan ($2) (we ate a piece of the naan before I took the photo). It turns out they use fresh tomatoes and peel them by hand – a labour intensive job, but resulting in a light and flavourful dish that is creamy but not too heavy. The butter chicken isn’t like some of the rich and creamy versions I’ve had at Indian restaurants – it was more subtle but still delicious. They even grilled the chicken, which was a nice touch. Apparently they spent months working the recipe, until they got it just right. The naan was great and the pickled onions added a nice kick to the dish.
We also shared the Korean stone-bowl stir fry ($12.85). The dish was served in a hot stone bowl, giving the rice opportunity to get crispy. Served with carrots, sprouts, green onions and gochujang sauce with a crispy fried egg, we added AAA satay steak for $1. The homemade gochujang sauce has a nice heat to it, with a unique flavour. This was quite a pleasant dish – with flavours I’ve never had before.
We’re looking forward to returning to The Street Eatery soon to try other items on the menu and of course to eat the King Tostadas again. If you’re looking for a new experience for a reasonable price, you really need to stop in!