Snack Shack is one of the latest additions to the restaurant scene in Marine drive. I mean sure, they opened their doors almost a year ago, but suddenly closed down for a few weeks of renovation, and now they're back in business with somewhat good food and better service.
I was kinda curious to find out why some people hype up Snack Shack as a place for 'New York street food', and my first glance at their menu gave me the answer. They've got a range of burgers, submarines and a couple of gyros, donors, wraps, pizza and strombolis that roughly captures a teeny tiny part of street food culture in New York. So it's not exactly a place if you want to explore the whole New York street food scene- you get the gist.
It's a nice effort that they've put together in creating this menu, but to our disappointment, most of the items weren't available. Hence, we decided to stick to the regular stuff, which actually turned out to be better than we expected.
Take this Fajita Beef Submarine (Rs. 550) for an example. As you can probably see, it's a mix of beef, mushrooms, pepper, lettuce, onion and cheese wedged in between a sesame seed bun. The beef was tender, juicy and cooked with a fajita twist - spicy with a mild sweet and sour tang running through.
It had only a line or two of sweet chili sauce, so you can properly get the flavors of beef and veggies. The bun itself was very soft, with a tinge of sweetness to it, but it could've been better if they had grilled it for a few minutes.
They advertise it as a sizzling meat submarine, which it clearly isn't, but still this one is quite delicious and most of all, very filling.
The Shack Crispy Chicken Burger (Rs. 500) was simply delightful. It had a massive crispy chicken patty with a light crust - so you get to taste all the chunkiness of the meat topped off with layers of lettuce, onions, tomatoes, along with a drizzle of mayo and ketchup.
All of their mains, including burgers and submarines are served with a portion of fries. They were pretty good - sharp, crispy with just the right amount of saltiness, but nothing to rave about.
Snack Shack is supposed to have a bunch of teas, iced and hot coffees but unfortunately, we could only try the milkshakes, as none of the other drink items were available.
The Chocolate Milkshake (Rs. 450) was alright at best. It was refreshing and had a good consistency, but the over-abundance of milk kinda overpowered its chocolate flavor. And honestly, paying almost 500 bucks for this thin glass of milkshake is just absurd.
The interior here is pretty simple - yellow colored walls decorated with a bunch of vintage USA posters, and a basket ball hoop for some reason. It has both indoor and outdoor dining spaces, with comfortable leather covered seating.
The service was efficient, prompt and obliging - nothing to complain about.
Snack Shack is not a kind of place that's worth the excursion all the way from your home (unless you live close by), but definitely a good spot to drop by for a quick snack, if you're around the area.