After a fun, work-approved outdoor excursion to Madison Square Park last Friday, a few of us decided to stop by Tabla‘s street cart for lunch. On paper this sounds like a great idea – a fantastic restaurant offering its food at the street cart level for a quick lunch – but unfortunately it doesn’t deliver.
Right off the bat I noticed the lack of options. It was pretty weak and only had two sandwiches on the menu. On top of that, the goan pork sausage sandwich on a brioche bun was out, so those hungry were left with one option: the chicken tikki wrap for $8.
Three of us went for it, but of course I ordered mine without cilantro. I thought the wrap was interesting since it was covered in a cooked egg batter (with cilantro, ugh, but it wasn’t overpowering), giving it a bit more texture and flavor than usual. However, I was pretty disappointed with the filling. As you can see, there isn’t a lot going on. Just a few pieces of chicken (probably about 10 bite size pieces in all) in a sauce…nothing extra. It really needed oomph in both flavor and volume of food.
Luckily it tasted pretty good (that or I was really hungry), so I scarfed it down, but it wasn’t fulfilling. Alicia said the cilantro added some needed flavor, but we weren’t impressed. I was expecting an oozing wrap with lots of chicken and/or vegetables. Maybe even some rice to turn it into an Indian burrito of sorts, but no. We were left with an egg-soaked wrap and a few pieces of chicken…and for $8!
I love Bread Bar and Tabla’s 10 menu, but I won’t be heading back to their street cart any time soon. It’s not that it tasted bad, it’s just that it was unmemorable.The Basics Name: Tabla’s Street Cart Location: 11 Madison Avenue at 25th Street Who to take: Ehh, no one? Price: Yes, even a homeless guy could afford this overpriced wrap. $
Overall: Good taste, but not enough food or flavor. Two Stars.