Mumbai Xpress, a vegetarian restaurant and chaat specialist sits on Hillside Avenue, next door to a temple devoted to Hanuman, the Hindu monkey deity. The list of chaats here is vast. Some of the most interesting items here are the sandwiches made in a panini press. On my last visit I had the paneer Schezwan sandwich ($6.99). It can best be described as an Indian-Chinese grilled cheese, and a spicy one at that.
Peppers, tomatoes, paneer, onions and chili make for one zesty sandwich. The green peppers reminded me of Southwestern queso. If you find it’s not spicy enough add a bit of the restaurant’s excellent hot sauce, which starts off sweet and finishes fiery. Wash it down with a lassi, or a Limca, a lemony Indian soda.
Mumbai Xpress, 256-05 Hillside Ave., Floral Park, 718-470-0059