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Exciting news: Zindiya in Moseley has some new menu items for you to try.
I visited this pretty spot last week on a busy Friday night after owner Shivani offered to give me (and therefore you) a sneak peek at the new menu that’s coming at the start of October. While most of the favourites remain, there’s been some additions to the chaat selection, a new ‘indi-burger’, and if you’re a fan of their chicken tikka you’ll probably love the new take available.
Some background first. These menu changes have been a long time coming for Shivani who admits these new dishes were actually meant to be tickling your tastebuds way back in April. Alas, the small matter of a global pandemic put a stop to her plans but having reopened back in summer she’s keen to make sure the latter part of 2020 goes more to plan, curfews or not. Mind you, the 10pm Covid klaxon doesn’t seem to be putting guests off or causing much kerfuffle for this popular street food restaurant, serving a full house by mid evening on the night she walks me through what’s new.
Down to business. We start with a selection of chaat, that prove to my husband once and for all you can genuinely enjoy an all veggie and/or vegan dish without missing out on taste or something mooing. The spinach chaat is my pick for the contrasting textures and a mint and coriander chutney that tastes as vibrant as it looks drizzled across the wilted leaves. The sweet potato incarnation will suit the carb lovers, and a zingy sweetcorn version with more of a chunky salsa feel is fresh and offers a buzz of heat. At around £3-4 a go they’re a bargain if you fancy spicy tapas but are worthy of joining the larger plates as side dishes.
There’s good news for those of you who love the chicken tikka here in the form of tiranga chicken. A trio of grilled treats, for around £9 you’ll get to try a garlicky flavour bomb in malai and the green dream hariyali, as well as the usual tikka. From the burgers, the soya tikka option is the best – and if you’re surprised to read that believe me it’s not something I expected to write, but facts are facts, kids. Special shout out finally goes to the Chicken 65 with South Indian flavours of curry leaves and mustard that packs a fiery punch and is something I’d happily eat again.
As well as the newbies above you’ll find plenty of old favourites (Zindiya’s onion bhajis are elite and you get loads for less than four quid) including the most tender lamb chops you’ll ever eat, dahi puri and okra fries. Basically treat this like Indian tapas and you’ll have a ruddy nice time – loads for meat eaters, veggies and vegans alike.
Inspired by Mumbai markets and the back streets of Delhi, this is the place for relaxed Indian street food in Moseley. Beautiful grub that offers value for money and creative cocktails all served in a colourful, fun setting, the new menu launches officially on Thursday 1st October.
Zindiya, 21 Woodbridge Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8EJ
Disclosure: All words and photos are mine. I was invited to try the new menu dishes by the management and the meal was complementary – although I wasn’t asked to write a blog post I wanted to because the food is fantastic and the people behind it are lovely.