globe trotting

ok so if you're ever in Los Angeles, i suggest you check out this new restaurant, Street. The owner, chef Susan Feniger, also does Border Grill in Santa Monica and Ciudad in Downtown, but this is something entirely different. She apparently traveled the world and has brought street foods from all over the world to aptly named, Street. If you get the opportunity, you must sit outside. A lot of times, restaurants with outside seating sometimes neglect this area in terms of design and ambience, but at Street I like the outside waaaay better than the inside, it's fun and casual.

i don't drink (i know, gasp!) so i started off with the non-alcoholic Sanbitter Sunburst and my friend had a mint julep and later a French beer, La Goudale Blond. they also have Lhassis and assorted international beers. as soon as they seat you, you're hooked up with millet puffs. the crazy thing about this place is that with each dish, each flavor jumps out at you individually. curry, fennel, turmeric, held together with marshmellow. it's like a mini sweet and savory rice krispy treat.

ordered a bunch of things tapas-style. i had just watched Anthony Bourdain in India the night before so this is the very first thing I chose - Paani Puri, little puffs you dip into cilantro water. yes, cilantro water. luxi can i get a woot woot~

Chinese Sesame Cakes. These weren't anything new to me, but pretty much anything made with sticky rice flour I'm down with. I've had a billion of these sesame cakes, or a variation of them, but I'd never had them with this sauce. It was this soy sauce concoction. I wasn't mad at it.

now this.....this...Malaysian Black Pepper Clams. super flavorful. came with these thick ass slices of doughy toasted rye bread with salt and pepper on them! can you see the basil and cilantro and lime? can you see me drooling?

Moldavian Meatballs. these were delicious, but my favorite is still ghetto ass Swedish Meatballs from Ikea. I drive to Ikea to have the Swedish Meatball lunch plate - just for that, no shopping.

and Marinated New York Strip Steak. wait, what? yeah I know, this has nothing to do with international street food. unless, you're walking down a street in any city in the US and go into a restaurant and have...uh...strip...steak...yeah...anyway it was good, but the delish part was what was going on under the meat.

had these and a few other dishes and we were quite stuffed. there were two of us by the way, so it was a good amount of food. i'm obsessive compulsive so i have a tendency to lock down on one item at any given restaurant if i discover something i like. nothing upsets me more than a bad meal, so if something's good i don't like to deviate and run the risk of being devastated. however, i'm curious to try more things at Street. it's a bit pricey here, but i figure it's cheaper than flying to Moldavia for meatballs or Egypt for baked fish.

located on Highland, north of Melrose, in West Hollywood
check out their site


gennie said...

wow what a great idea for a restaurant!!!! that's so sweet you think of me when you eat at cool places.. hehe. next time I'm in LA we have to eat together!

Anonymous said...

excellent! Great pictures! Now i am so hungry. I am "gasping" over the fact that you don't drink..GOOD FOR YOU!!

Nia said...

i read about this place recently and was curious. i'll def have to try it now! by the way, have you ever been to cut in the beverly wilshire hotel? went there for my bday- the best wagyu i've ever had.

Isabel said...

Sigh, I live in a small town. I wish we had exotic restaurants like this - drooling over the keyboard.

Cruz said...

This all looks soo good! I need that clam dish asap

WPZ - Sandy said...

WE REALLY ARE OF A MIND (on some things, obv I'm not a rad skater-bike-worthy chick)

Pani Puri is one of my hands down favourite things in the world to eat... ahhh, it's been so long! I was introduced by an Indian roommate I had. On Venice Blvd around Culver City/West LAish there were a few chaat kind of places you could get it. We also called it golgappe (gol-gah-pay), soo love the process of eating it, tapping the crunchiness, dunking for juiciness... If I ever actually go to India, I don't know if I should resist eating them because of water-microbial issues or if I should just do the damn thing...

And THEN, on the IKEA tip -- when I lived in SF, but had no car, I never got over to IKEA, but every time I visited a friend in San Diego, we would go on IKEA excursions SPECIFICALLY to eat meatbarrs (as we lovingly referred to them.) Mmmm... now I keep them in stock in our freezer, for easy and delicious eating. I feel like they used to serve actual herbed, boiled potatoes with it though, and the mash it comes with now isn't as good.

I hope this place is still in operation so I can go next time I'm back in LA!!