A new Indian street food deli opens at Leeds Trinity University today (Monday 16 September).Bombay Streat; an Indian street food restaurant will offer a varied selection of on-the-go meals based on street food flavours and traditional Indian cuisine.
The food is entirely halal and the menu has been put together by a team of operational chefs with Asian heritage, consisting of dishes such as: chaat, samosas, naan rolls, and a range of desserts such as Gulab Jamun and Rasmalai..
Jennifer Dunn, General Manager of the University's catering operations Aramark, said: "We are delighted to be working with Bombay Streat, especially as one of their first university partners. We are always looking to offer Leeds Trinity staff and students a range of healthy and affordable meals, and the entirely halal menu means that we can cater for everyone on campus."
The University wanted to introduce a 100% halal deli following feedback from Muslim students and staff who felt there was a lack of halal offering in the Dining Room, and in response to current Students' Union President Zoha Shah's campaign for a halal offering during her election campaign. Providing halal catering was also outlined in the University's application for the Equality Challenge Unit's Race Equality Charter mark which was submitted in July 2019.
Zoha Shah, President of Leeds Trinity Students' Union, said: "As someone from an Asian background who can only eat halal food, I am very pleased that the University has now got a 100% halal menu in the separate deli. Now we can offer more inclusive dining choices and cater for everyone on campus. I'm sure the students will be very happy to hear that their voices are being heard and changes are being implemented on their feedback!"
Mahesh Raikar, owner and founder of Bombay Streat, was born and brought up in Bombay, a city which he says is well-known for producing some of the best regional cuisine.
Mahesh said: "Bombay Streat takes inspiration from the street food flavours in Indian cuisine and the visual inspirations from globally loved Bollywood imagery. Born and brought up in Bombay myself, the city has always been known for its inclusiveness to accept people coming from different regions of India. It's a well-known fact that some of the best regional cuisine are found on the streets of Bombay, the city where Bollywood was born and still resides."
He added: "Bombay Streat aims to be vibrant and also inclusive to all religion and cultures and be loved for its diversity in food and flavours. It was specifically designed and conceptualised for a young audience, making it the perfect fit for university and college students."
Bombay Streat is located in the University's Dining Room and will be open between 11.00am and 2.00pm, Monday to Friday. Meals are priced between &pound;3 and &pound;5, with sides approximately between &pound;1 and &pound;3.
Bombay Streat was created by Mahesh Raikar, owner and founder of healthy fast-food chain Wrapchic, which has 25 outlets across the UK, Dubai and India. ?
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