About three times a year I always have the resolve to eat more vegetables and less meat. This fad lasts up to two weeks after which I’m back to my old ways. My downfall is the taste of vegetables themselves; they often are boring and don’t adequately satisfy my taste buds the way meat does. I’ve come to the conclusion that for me to eat more plant based items, they need to taste damn good to the point I’m not craving chicken.
It’s with this I have discovered the world of Indian vegetarian cuisine. Indians have their vegetable game on lock! which isn’t surprising seeing that over 50 million Indians are vegetarians. I visit Indian vegetarian establishments quite often, mainly because I am in awe of the variety of tasty food out there that does not involve meat! You know the myth that a meal is not complete or as satisfying unless you have meat, well this myth is debunked at restaurants like Slush.
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Slush is a vegetarian eatery that has been in operation for over 30 years. They have an extensive menu (link at the bottom) with their most popular items being their bhajias, Pizza, South Indian dishes and Mumbai Street Snacks. The food here is predominantly fast food ish so contrary to popular belief vegetarian food doesn’t always equate to healthy. Ambiance here is very bland with plain white walls and glass tables tightly packed across the restaurant floor. Service here is quick and efficient and you will often find large groups of Asian families eating here. I recently went for lunch and ordered a few Indian dishes that included bhajias, masala dhosa, ragda pattis and pani puri.
This is a popular Indian snack that consists of a crunchy flour casing and is accompanied with boiled potatoes, tamarind chutney and a mint based watery sauce. I can’t emphasize enough how much I loved this snack! The crunchy case, the mushy potatoes topped with the sweet tamarind chutney and refreshing mint sauce complimented each other so brilliantly. I haven’t had anything close to this so it’s hard referencing it to something more familiar. You just have to try it!
Another street snack consisting of potato patties that are topped with curried chick peas, tomatoes, onions, dahnia, sev (the crunchy yellow flakes) and a sweet chutney. There is so much going on; sweet, crunchy, savoury and spicy which all together provided a complex yet well balanced flavor. This was delicious.
The potato patties are somewhere under the mountain of ingredients
The bhajias are pure perfection always steaming hot, well-seasoned and the balance of batter to potato perfect. Often times when you get Bhajias in Nairobi the batter is usually too heavy, resulting to a mushy gooey yuck! Slush Bhajias are far from this as they are golden fried with flecks of dhania that taste exceptionally well with the spicy tomato chutney. Please note that the bhajias here are on the crunchier side but they taste great.
Mysore Masala Dhosa
This is a rice flour pancake stuffed with spiced potatoes. The dhosa is a thin rice pancake which is fluffy soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. The masala are the dry curried potatoes which come rolled in between the dhosa like a burrito. A Sambal which is a sweet dhal curry accompanied the dish as well as a coconut chutney. The rice pancake was light and mild in flavour and fit well with the curry potatoes that were perfectly balanced in spice. I love masala dhosas because they are simple yet insanely delicious.
I’ve been coming to slush all my life making it one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Not only do i have good memories here but the place consistently serves up good food; I’m yet to have a bad meal here. You will not notice the lack of meat as the dishes are expertly prepared to deliver great flavor. Better yet, the prices here are very reasonable as the total amount for all four dishes came to under Kshs 1500. What I’ve showcased is the tip of the ice berg in terms of their food offering and i suggest you also try out their Happy Eater Sandwich, Samosas and Pizzas. I highly recommend Slush for great vegetarian cuisine and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Location: Corner Plaza, Parklands Rd