Updated: May 26
We love street food, especially when it blends locally sourced produce and adds that unexpected twist of world flavours to smack your tastebuds into overdrive. We also love the sights and sounds of real street food, seeing it produced before your eyes is one of its appeals. So when we have the opportunity to sample street food, we jump at the chance.
Ozen is a little different, offerings Pan-Asian Street Food, you can visit their weekend pop-up being hosted at the Bourbon Nightclub in Edinburgh whilst lockdown measures are in place, or you can order delivery via their own app or via the usual delivery apps with their main kitchen hidden away on Rose Street North Lane, Edinburgh.
The cuisine on offer is certainly one of the most colourful culinary experiences in the capital but Ozen Street Food promises anything but style over substance. The quirky multi-coloured dishes are more than matched by the full-on fresh flavours within. Get ready for rainbow spring rolls and brightly coloured dumplings, all freshly prepared using locally sourced ingredients and coupled with a range of special secret sauces. It’s a colourful twist on classic Asian flavours, all served up with a thoroughly modern Edinburgh edge.
On our recent visit, we opted for the bao buns stuffed with tender fried chicken smothered with their secret sauce, vibrant Vietnamese-style spring rolls and for dessert we just couldn't say no to a fried bun bursting with Nutella.
The Edinburgh eatery is the vision of Chris Thomas, 23, and Mahdi Ben Hamou, AKA ‘Mezzo’, 25 – a self-confessed food-obsessed pair who both hail from the city and who met whilst DJ’ing. Their ultimate aim is to add a new dynamic to the capital’s food scene and offer a contemporary take on pan-Asian flavours.
Co-owner Chris explained; ‘The flavours, the brand, the energy of what we’re bringing to Edinburgh is totally new. There’s nothing else like this. The menu is bold, the presentation is playful, but most importantly the flavours are fresh and full’.
‘And it’s authentic,’ continues Mezzo; ‘We’ve had a lot of fun preparing the menu, and I think that really shows, but despite the quirky edge we’re injecting into it all, we’re remaining true to the essential flavour combinations that will give each of our dishes that unmistakable Asian kick’.
The main selling point with Ozen isn't their colourful cuisine, it's not their bold branding either. It's the energy and enthusiasm from this team and their desire to succeed that sets them apart and you can't help but want to support their entrepreneurship one bao at a time.
Ozen Street Food's menu will is available to take away from their secret kitchen at 52 Rose Street North Lane, Edinburgh, and to order for delivery via Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats.