Crown Street already offers a veritable United Nations of culinary options – and now you can add Bangladeshi to the mix. Bang Street Food brings subcontinental street flavours to Surry Hills.
Bang is the work of Nicholas Gurney (co-owner of Farmhouse in the Cross) and head chef Tapos Singha (ex-Est, Gowings and Lucio’s), who hails from Bangladesh. “We’ve talked about doing this for at least the past 18 months,” says Gurney. He describes Bangladeshi food as sharing many characteristics with Indian, but also offering unique flavours. “It’s fish and vegetable based,” he says. “We aim to use Australian produce to recreate traditional Bangladeshi street food.”
Bang is housed in a high-ceilinged room featuring exposed brick, timber rafters and white feature walls. The open kitchen is enclosed by a black-tiled bar; surrounding it are long communal tables and more intimate configurations. In the stairway, a brilliant neon sign casts a red glow over the restaurant’s street entrance.
The menu kicks off with street snacks, served in a paper cone as they are on the streets of Dhaka. Try sand-roasted shell peanuts, a Bengali potato chop or a bhaji (a fried fritter topped with coconut chutney). Then it’s time for share plates of honey-roasted paneer, hanger-steak kebab, or a duck-egg omelette with blue swimmer crab. For the really hungry there’s hearty Kacchi biryani with goat, kalizera rice and saffron.
The wine list is entirely Portuguese, a nod to that country’s early colonisation of the subcontinent. You could also sip a Bang pale ale or a mango lassi. Bangladeshis are keen on sweets, so finish with rum drunk doughnuts with caramelised peaches, milk powder crumb and saffron crème fraiche.
Bang Street Food
3/410 Crown Street, Surry Hills
(02) 8354 1096
Tue to Thu 6pm–late
Fri & Sat noon–3pm, 6pm–late