Newly opened Bindaas Bar + Kitchen, Central - Indian street food reinterpreted

Restaurant’s name means chilled out in Hindi, and the air conditioning certainly chilled the food - a shame, because we liked everything we tasted

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 November, 2015, 12:30pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 December, 2015, 11:55am

Several upmarket Indian restaurants have opened recently, including Bindaas Bar + Kitchen, located below Hollywood Road on Aberdeen Street. It’s a casual spot, with diners sitting on stools at high tables.

Bindaas is colloquial Hindi for “chilled out” or “carefree”, and the restaurant’s atmosphere is relaxed. The music took us back into the 1980s, with hits such as Men at Work’s Who Can it Be Now and The Police’s Every Breath you Take playing twice in a row. The music later progressed to techno dance.

Nevertheless, we were here for the food, described as traditional street food with a modern interpretation .

We started with keema (HK$108), a small pot of minced goat meat masala that was quite spicy, and spread on toasted soft bread. A small pile of pickled vegetables helped cool the taste buds.

Next came boti kabab (HK$148), featuring thick, tough cubes of Angus beef tenderloin topped with a spicy green tomato chutney.

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Chingri malai curry (HK$188) was as aromatic as the menu description promised: a coconut milk prawn curry with a green chilli and coriander garnish. Although the prawns were overcooked, we loved the full flavours, which went well with the garlic and cheese naan breads (HK$28 each). Unfortunately, the strong air conditioning made our food cold very fast.

We also enjoyed chhote tamatar ka salad (HK$78), a colourful mix of yellow, orange, red and purple cherry tomatoes dressed in a light vinaigrette spiced up with a fried onion and garlic chutney dip. For dessert, the gulab jamun (HK$78) –round balls of dough with thickened milk curds – were terribly sweet, but had a subtle tart aftertaste.

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The restaurant has only been open a few days. The service started off friendly and attentive but dropped off considerably towards the end of the evening when we were completely ignored, even though the owner was personally looking after the table next to us.

Bindaas Bar + Kitchen, 33 Aberdeen Street, Central. Tel: 2447 9998