Have you ever had a Kathi Roll or even heard of one? We certainly haven't so when we were invited to a media dinner at The Kathi Roll Express we were super excited to try something new.
Toronto is known for its street meat, South Korea for its spicy rice cake and Thailand for its pad thai but what's street food in India? Kathi Rolls! The owner of The Kathi Roll Express wanted to bring Indian street food to Toronto.
A Kathi roll is essentially a roti with a layer of egg wrapped around a filling of your choice.
When we first arrived, we were served Mango Lassi - another classic from India. It's basically a mango yogurt drink that has the same consistency as a milkshake. It tasted very fresh like the mangoes had just been been picked from a tree and made into a drink. It had a bit of a sour taste which offset the sweetness.
We also got to try the Kung Pao Chicken Kathi roll. The owner told us it was a personal favourite and he couldn't imagine opening a restaurant that didn't serve something "kung pao". It tasted like what you could have ordered an Asian restaurant and it was refreshing to try a mix of two cuisines. It was a little bit spicy (you'll soon learn that I cannot handle my spices at all) but Monica thought the spice level was good.
Monica's sister Grace came with us and she's vegetarian so she had to get something that didn't have meat in it. We ended up ordering the Chickpea Masala and Shrimp Masala Thai Style Roll. It's always great to go to a restaurant that serves an abundant variety of vegetarian food to make sure it caters to everyone's need.
The shrimp masala thai style roll was definitely our favourite. It wasn't too spicy (bonus) and it had just the right amount of seasoning. Whatever the "magical sauce" is - please keep it coming!
Last but not least, we got to try the Korean Street Style BBQ chicken roll! The seasoning on this kathi roll was a bit too salty for us and it tasted a bit like bulgogi. It was definitely interesting to eat it wrapped in a roll because you would never have anything like that at a Korean restaurant!
The best part is that everything is made to order so you know everything you are eating is freshly made, even it means waiting a few minutes for it!
The interior of the restaurant was very hip and well spaced!
If you've never tried a kathi roll before, stop by The Kathi Roll Express and pick one up!