Eating to the Beat at Hitchki’s Hip Hop Brunch
As soon as you step foot into Hitchki—at The Millennium Hotel in Barsha Heights—you step into an eclectic and fun space that is very Instagrammable—with a selfie area, a swanky motorcycle, and the sounds of hip hop music. Done up in gorgeous jewel tones, there is sofa seating, tables, and even space set outside for al fresco dining. And about the food, this is a seriously delicious brunch inspired by the famous street food of Mumbai. Boasting an extensive menu, the names of each dish have been carefully curated and offer a variety of Indian street food, merging North and South, as well as some Indo-Chinese dishes.
The menu is divided into Desi Tapas, MNA’s, Kick Starters, Cornerstone Thela, Snatch ‘n’ Share, Andaz Apna Apna, and The Last Straw as well as lots of made-to-order mocktails. We began with the Thai Curry Hummus—an interesting medley of kafir lime, lemongrass, peanuts, and Thai curry, served with sesame pita. Another highlight was the “Chaats of Hindustan” a long platter with the best of the Indian street food chaats that tickle the tastebuds with a medley of flavors and textures.
We also tucked into several platters of Thalaiva—Chicken Chettinad and crunchy dumplings. One of my personal favorites was the Kha Muuuuush—which were melt-in-your-mouth mushroom galouti kebobs as well as the Dum Pukhth Arancini—very satisfying cheese biryani balls garnished with crisp rings.
Other standouts included the wok tossed fried idli served in Szechwan style, and my favorite; a pav bhaji fondue—a creamy and cheesy dish made of cauliflower puree and bhaji masala, served with crunchy Pav croutons. The Dabeli was a besan batter fried cutlet, served in sandwich style on a buttered bun.
The presentation style was also really unique; the Mumbai rolls were served in a red toy truck while The Bus Kar chicken were mini bao buns nestled on a swing, complete with butter chicken and cheese.
For our mains, we selected, Mere Pass Maa Hai and was my favorite dal makhani slow cooked for 12 hours, and served with decadent masala kulcha bread.
We also ordered and reordered endless platters of chicken dimsums, Arancini balls, biryani balls, mushroom kebobs, main was prawns and lemon rice cooked in South Indian style, and Szechwan chicken and noodles with rice.
After so much food, we literally had to be coaxed into dessert. From the list of delicious sounding sweet treats, we opted to share—the milk cake reinterpreted in Hitchki style, served with an Indian milk reduction, making it richer and very satisfying. Then the chocolate lava cake, served with strawberries and ice-cream was a hit with all of us and the perfect end to an amazing brunch.
Visit: Hitchki Hip Hop Brunch
Address: Ground Floor, Grand Millennium Hotel – Dubai
Phone: 04 587 7189