When I went to Chutnify for the first time a little over a year ago it was like a revelation – finally this city had a delicious Indian option! It came in creative South Indian street food dishes, colorful and fresh, full of flavor and bursting with color. Over the year, this pretty place managed to expand its presence with stands at Street Food Thursday and adding a brunch menu to their location in Prenzlauer Berg. I went back a couple weeks ago to check if I still liked their food. And surprise, I really did.
I went for a favorite from last time, the Bombay Bhel (6,50 Euro), a mix of puffed rice, red onions, lentils, pomegranate seeds, peanuts, cilantro and much more – and it was as delicious as I remembered. As was the Thali, a mixed vegetarian plate with rice, papadam and various chutneys. The only thing that was a bit weird to me was the South Indian coffee, or Kaapi, a filtered coffee that is very slowly dripping through a special filter. The waitress – who was very nice, but also a bit slow and confused, as usual at Chutnify – told me to keep on pumping it and thus press the water through the filter. The whole thing took forever (as in 30mins at least), the coffee decoction was cold in the end, as was the steamed milk served with it. Something customers might wanna know before ordering, so they can order the mokka if they’re yearning for caffeine, like I did. Or their very good masala chai. Well, next time!
Other than that, I enjoyed it a lot, again.