Chaska Indian Street Food Obsession
Chaska Indian Street Food Obsession. When you walk through the bustling streets of India, a certain culture and vibe is felt that cannot be described. The loud horns and sounds from the colourful trucks are forever heard, the chants from the street vendors are clear, and the smell of spice and food is fresh and enticing.
Growing up in India, Chef Naveen of Chaska Indian Street Food Obsession still has vivid memories of travelling with his family across the country. He experienced the different variety of street food and had a growing attachment to popular Indian foods such as Chaat, Khati rolls, and samosas. Since then, he’s developed a vision as a businessman and Chef in Canada, to share his experiences of Indian street food with us. ‘Chaska’ means ‘obsession’ and Chef Naveen’s mission is for his customers to have that same obsession for Indian street food. Thus, the Chaska Obsession restaurant was his vision come true.
As you enter the restaurant, you’re welcomed with rustic décor and walls filled with passionate colours, covered in slogans and pictures taking you on a journey to the markets of India. A “lari”, a wooden cart, is displayed front and centre with Chef’s Naveen homemade “achar” displayed on it. The kitchen is in plain view with a truck surrounded in décor, the type of scene familiar to anyone who has travelled to India. Overall, Chaska has a very cozy feeling with a modern ambience that still represents its Indian roots.
Starting with appetizers, we decided to try the Samosa Sliders ($8.99). Much like its name, it’s a bun filled with a samosa, topped with yogurt, mint chutney, and tamarind sauce. It was very resembling of the traditional samosa paired with the right sauce, except inside a soft bun rather than a crunch shell.
We also got Pav Bhaji ($7.99), a traditional Indian dish made of a thick vegetable curry and served with soft bread rolls. It was a hearty soup, heavy on the tomato, with just enough spice for a kick of flavor.
Next, we had the Bhalla Papdi Chaat ($6.99). This dish is made of dumplings, chickpeas, potatoes and crackers, topped with different chutneys and yogurt, and some added pomegranate and coriander sprinkled on top. Remember how I mentioned Chaska’s vision was to recreate Indian street food? This dish took me back to my visit to India many years ago, as it tasted just like how I remember true Indian chaat tasting. The sauce and the yogurt really brought out the flavour. Definitely a hit.
Next up was the Mint Chicken Khati Roll ($7.99) and Lamb Seekh Kebab Khati Roll ($7.99). They both consisted of a traditional roti made fresh with egg and chutney, and your choice of protein. What stood out right away was the quality of the food. It was made hot and fresh and had a fresh flavour in every bite. Chef Naveen showed what Chaska stood for, a model built on serving food with fresh ingredients served from scratch. And it was definitely seen in this roll.
Lastly, we decided to try a Rice Bowl ($11.99). You’re given the option of which protein and curry you’d like, and we went with the Lamb Boti and medium curry, which consisted of marinated lamb chunks and medium-spiced curry. It was served with a cool, cucumber salad on the side to offset some of the spice. The rice was done just right and the curry complimented with its distinct flavour, balancing the right amount of heat and spice.
This restaurant really is a testament to Chef Naveen’s vision of bringing Indian street food to the tables for everyone to enjoy. Chef Naveen’s dream became a reality and now you can embark on his journey too. New and upcoming, this place definitely stands out from the many, typical Indian restaurants in Toronto. It’s an experience that really does takes you back to the scenes of India, satisfying your desire for bold flavours. With Chaska, it’s the beginning of an obsession.
Meat Source: Chicken is sourced from Sargent Farms (an HMA certified supplier and hand slaughtered). Lamb is New Zealand spring lamb. No beef or other meats are used ** NOTE: meat was checked (verbal assurance) at time of review and can change at anytime – please check meat sources before eating and let us know if there are any discrepancies **
Waseem is a man on a mission to find the greatest poutine. At 22, he’s aspiring to be a legal advisor studying Criminal Justice. His past time consists of trying new food, finding the perfect angle for food pictures, and blogging about his food adventures. Catch him at any Starbucks sipping coffee and eating cheesecake. Follow his food stories on Instagram.
Chaska Indian Street Food Obsession
2325 Matheson Boulevard East, Mississauga