Nalini’s Wholesome Streetfood
South Indian and Western food, cooked using Russian techniques. Nalini’s Wholesome Streetfood isn’t your average eatery. The bright space is run by former financial advisor Vidya Raman, her mother Nalini Raman (the store’s namesake) and friend Harry Lubitz.
The menu focuses on the connection between mind and body, designed with strong Ayurvedic principles. The fully probiotic and gluten-free menu, with everything made in-house, offers uniquely reimagined versions of South Indian classics.
Bain-maries full of a variety of sauerkrauts, sauces and toppings are at the ready when dosa wraps come down the line – the masala wrap is the most popular. Falafel balls are served with light, homemade hummus and pesto. The morning soup comes with a curl of dosa. The dairy-free, refined-sugar-free, cashew-based ice-cream flavours change frequently, but look for the turmeric and cacao, or the halva.
There’s no coffee here, so instead try a rich turmeric latte: vividly yellow, punchy and full of flavour.
Photographs of Indian street-food vendors line one wall, a direct homage to the culture Raman celebrates in her cooking. A massive graffiti-art installation of Tamil sayings, a tarot parrot and a sadhu, or saint, covers another.