Well, if you ask a true foodie , what’s the most special thing about New Delhi’s food scene, The street food is certainly the first thing which comes out as an answer. It’s the economical priced chaats, gol gappas, tikkis, chillas and much more which keeps the food culture of Delhi tickling and are loved by all age groups. The small by lanes of Chandni Chowk or Dilli-6 as it is popularly known as are the places to find the best variety and these places which constantly inspire you to explore more and more options.
But what if you don’t want to visit those chaotic narrow streets of Delhi 6 in this sultry hot weather of the capital and still cannot control your constant craving for some lip smacking array of street food? The ongoing Dilli-6 street food festival at The Café G, Crowne Plaza, Gurgaon is the answer. This festival at the all day diner, located at the lobby level of the hotel has transformed the restaurant in heaven for street food lovers. Chef Chetan talks about the research behind this event, says he and his team specially visited the old Delhi area and selected a few options, and for him the quantity or the variety was not important. He wanted to deliver a typical Chandni Chowk taste which indeed is perfectly executed in this festival.
The journey starts with the semolina GOL GAPPAS, stuffed with chick peas and pomegranate, filled with sweet and sour chilled tamarind water placed on a bed of ice cubes. Followed was the PAAPDI CHAAT with twist of pineapple in sweet curd. The crispy crushed KACHORI with ALOO BHAJI and the PANEER CHILLAS too were delicious. We also relished a lightly prepared CURD RICE, a south Indian street food item with a tempering of mustard seeds and curry leaves. The show stealer is the AMRITSARI FISH, which was the best I remember having in a long time. The main course starts with the robustly spiced TAWA KEEMA KALEJI and GURDA KAPOORA accompanied with paranthe wali gaali style stuffed FRIED PARANTHAS. Also offered were the home style cooked, KASHMIRI CHICKEN CURRY, GOBHI MATAR ADHRAKI, LOAKHI KOFTA CURRY, DAAL E MALLIKA and LAHSOONI PALAK PANEER. The dessert offerings were the mild and soothing GUR KE CHAWAL and KESAR PHIRNI with strawberry and orange compote which was loved with a glass of hot and strong CUTTING CHAI served street style. On your way back grab a bite of a MEETHA PAAN from Pandit Chowdhary’s paan bhandaar, and also know your fortune from the astrologer, Maharaj Ankleshwar Joshi to complete the entire experience.
Be there to spend a great evening with the delectable street food experience topped with top class hospitality of Hotel Crowne Plaza, Gurgaon at the DILLI 6 FOOD FESTIVAL which is going to end soon.
Dates: 17th to 26th June, 2016
Timings: 1900 hrs – 2300 hrs
Price: INR 2200 + taxes