I LOVE YOU SUSAN FENIGER!!
First of all, I would like to comment on the fact that my food pictures do NOT seem to be improving. I apologize to you. All four of you.
Back to Susan. YEAH SUSAN!! This place, which is basically the hottest restaurant in LA right now, was INCREDIBLE. Even the one dish i didn’t absolutely fall in love with, I still quite enjoyed.
We arrived at our reservation time, Wednesday at 8:30. Our waitress apologized saying, basically, no one was getting their asses out of the joint, and that there would be a slight wait for our table.
We went to the bar for a drink, they have a limited wine menu (but a full bar), however, the wine and beer we got were both quite nice. Their beers can range from $6 to $24 for a large one however. Refreshingly, I did not see a “Miller Lite” hanging out on the menu.
After about 25 minutes or so, we were seated. The service was excellent. Susan Feniger was there racing around, completely in the mix. Always smiling. Serving customers, making sure everyone was all right, making everyone felt like a VIP. Susan is part of the chef team behind Border Grill and Ciudad, both highly acclaimed latin-tinged restaurants.
Street’s basic concept is upscale street vendor food from around the world. Mostly India, Thailand, Korea, and Egypt. Most of the available dishes are appetizer portions, so you go there to get a bunch of smaller dishes and share.
We ordered the famous Kaya Toast. Wow, what an odd, kooky thing to taste so insanely good. It’s basically mini toasted sandwiches filled with coconut jam served alongside a fried egg topped with soy and pepper which you dip the sandwich in. Sounds weird but SO good.
We also got the Moldavian meatballs (order these when you go, or else), the Cantonese white radish cakes (these were good but not amazing – get the Cuban stuffed potato cake instead which my waiter said would be too rich. Too rich? I LOVE too rich, jerk. Kidding) and the mung bean pancakes.
The latter was my favorite. God knows what the hell a mung bean is, but I’m the first to tell ya, I like my mung beans well mung*. Which these were and more! Especially since it was slathered in pork product!
*Pun courtesy of D.M.
We split the Egyptian fish, so many flavors going on. They all meld together excellently. The portion was large for the $26 price tag, it was definitely plenty for two. So we had enough room for the Egyptian Basbousa cake, which is this lime soaked cake topped with lime curd and cream (three cheers for lime) and topped with raspberries and blackberries. My guest, M.D. does not like blackberries. Darn, I was forced to finish the desert myself.
Now, this place isn’t cheap. You’re probably not gonna walk out of there under $50 a person, unless you don’t drink. But if you don’t drink, you might not like waiting for your table. Even if you don’t drink, maybe you should just have one. I’m sure that’s an AA mantra, right?
742 N. Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038