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A taste of Susan Feniger's Street

Susan Feniger at her new restaurant, Street Chef Susan Feniger, half of the Too Hot Tamales duo responsible for restaurants Border Grill and Ciudad and countless Food Network appearances, will step into her own spotlight Monday when her long-awaited Street restaurant debuts in the former Highland Grounds spot.

Located on Highland, a bit north of Nancy Silverton's Mozzas on the Melrose intersection, Street concentrates on the formula that worked for Feniger's other restaurants -- an upscale take on cultural cuisine. Sticking mostly to Asian-inspired street food dishes, the dinner menu is broken down into small plates meant for sharing, then noodles, stews and curry dishes. There are also entrees made in the wood-burning oven. After Monday's dinner opening, the restaurant will serve lunch and Sunday brunch (the former probably being a welcome treat to the workers at the nearby row of production houses as well as nearby residents).

This past Saturday, Feniger and her Street staff hosted a sampling party. Those in attendance included comedian Will Ferrell. (Diners in the interior courtyard had an only-in-L.A. experience as an LAPD helicopter hovered nearby as it searched the adjacent neighborhood for someone or something.)

Keep reading below as we share a taste of what's on the menu at Street.

Millatpuff_3 Why fill up on bread when you can whet your appetite with millet puffs? These sweet-and-savory balls of grain are accented with curry and other spices, and come at the beginning of the meal.










Thai bites This platter of Thai bites is a build-your-own snack. Start with baby collard leaves, layer on the tamarind palm caramel, fresh toasted coconut, peanuts, dry shrimp, ginger and chiles. Cost is $12.





Paanipuri

The paani puri, at right, is the dish that started it all. According to legend, Feniger stumbled upon these in a street market in Mumbai. Everyone from street kids to business workers in suits were waiting in line for these puffs of spiced potato, chutney and sprouted beans doused with yogurt cilantro.

This is part of the dumpling menu, which also includes mandoo vegetable dumplings with roasted honey yam, Moldavian meatballs with dill sour cream, pork dumplings with orange zest, Cantonese white radish cake with Chinese sweet sausage and topped with a fried egg, and huge dim sum-inspired Chinese sesame cakes. Prices for the tea cakes and dumplings range from $6 to $12.


Massamumchickencurry The noodles and curries keep it simple and familiar. The Massamum chicken curry is a big bowl of traditional Southern Thai curry -- chicken, mushrooms and red yam are sweetened with a coconut milk broth. There is also a South Indian-style saag paneer with kokum dal and rice, beef pho and spicy peanut noodles with vegetables. Prices for these go from $7 for a small noodle shop soup with tofu and soba to $18 for spicy fried noodles with shrimp.


Nystripsteak Street's answer to the New York strip steak is to marinate it on a skewer and roast it in the oven. It's served with mushroom spaetzle and rapini, plus creamed onions and bacon. There's also an Egyptian-style baked fish with braised greens. Prices are $24 and above.

Desserts? They are there, but were not being served Saturday night, and we only got a chance to sample the peanut butter cookies with jam.


Susan Feniger's Street, 742 N. Highland, Hollywood, (323) 203-0500, Eatatstreet.com.

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Top photo: Ann Johansson / For The Times; other photos, including the links, by Alexander Woo / For The Times

 
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The food is wonderful and the service impeccable. However, the design of both the indoor area and the patio is appalling. Sitting outside in July - because the noise level inside was SO loud - was like being in an oven and the decor is more children's playground than any street I have ever experienced.

On my second visit my friends and I sat inside because of the previously experienced heat on the patio. The din was atrocious and I made a mental note to go only at off peak times and never in the evening. Trendy designers who believe that concrete floors with not a shred of fabric to soak up the noise should be avoided like the plague.

It's a shame to have a superbly cooked meal that both delights and surprises the palate, ruined by decor that hurts both the eye and ear.

Street is not street food at all but just a variety of different ethnic foods on one menu and yes, I agree, very overpriced. If you are at all interested in food in LA, you have had excellent and authentic ethnic dishes at amazing prices so in the middle of my meal, I was disappointed in myself that I had been fooled into trying this place. The service was lacking, unorganized and the combinations of items on some of the dishes was very unexpected/untraditional and not in a good way. I was excited to try this place and I was disappointed.

As former employee of (the Original) Border Grill- Melrose, I am thrilled to see that Susan has stretched out
and done it again. This tasty concept is something that Los Angeles has been longing for and, justifiably, needs.

-Marc Hamilton


I wish I could say it met my expectations but it didn't. I get the concept and I love the approach but I have to say I was so underwhelmed with my final take away. You can't charge those prices for what is essentially a bland version of the original dishes they were inspired from. I commend the idea but I think the menu needs a lot of fixing and please don't think you can get away with the mark up on your drinks. A lot of adjustments need to be made and very quickly.

We just had lunch at Street yesterday. Although the food was good, it definitely wasn't the best we've had. For those of us who have grown up in LA, none of these foods are new. We've all sampled great Lebanese, Asian and Indian foods in our diverse neighborhoods... In addition, the food is extremely overpriced. Did you say Pho for $16? Street is street food, but with a gourmet price... I don't think we'll be going back. We'd rather make a trip out to Korea town, Thai Town or Little Armenia for the real deal at down-to-earth prices...

Yum! Can't wait to try it!

Moldavian meatballs... Cantonese white radish cake... Paani puri? I can't wait to eat at STREET, and made my reservation yesterday.


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