The India International Trade Fair, IITF 2015, with its theme “Make in India” is a grand spectacle. It’s a reminder as to what a lovely synergy of traditional crafts and contemporary sciences we live in. With the theme symbol lion at every nook and corner and in most creative forms, we roar to the 35th Trade Fair.
Chaayos has opened quite a few branches in Delhi NCR and had a kiosk at the Trade Fair. They serve a longish list of teas, other beverages and snacks. The snacks are ok. But chai is their star. A tad expensive, it is still an experience that is mostly reserved for coffee shops. Moreover, the store guys at the Hauz Khas Village are super hospitable and their warmth most definitely adds to the reasons of coming back here.
The Ministry of Culture organized a weeklong festival showcasing India’s art, culture, food at the sprawling IGNCA. The whole area was transformed into a fairyland, an Indian fairyland. The food zone had exotic items from various parts of India. In fact, given the success of the event, this was extended by another day. The cherry on the icing was the live Sufi music concert by the Wadali brothers on the lawns of the IGNCA on the last evening.
Sakley’s The Mountain Café, M Block market, GK outlet tries too tries to hard to be upscale. The décor is artificial and the food and beverages that we tried were just about average. Probably the effect of trying to bring something from the mountains to the dry and dusty plains of an ostentatious locality of Delhi. The place lacks soul.
The Diwali release “Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo” had evoked a lot of interest. However given the muddled storyline, poor acting, flat music, half baked characters and every other thing that could go off or over the top, this film is a huge disappointment. Sitting through the almost three hour longgggg duration could be an ordeal.
FrenZone at Satyaniketan serves most common types of food (barring South Indian) and doesn’t burn a hole in ones pocket. But it doesn’t leave a great impression either. The cafe survives mostly on students from South campus of Delhi University. On a day when other restaurants in Satyaniketan have long waiting, one can give this place a shot.
We tried the dinner thali at the canteen inside Rajasthan House on Prithvi Raj Road, Near Khan Market. They served home style roti, rice, salad and quite a few side dishes. The dinner ended with sewaiyaan in milk as dessert. The food, while high on chillies, was simple and palatable otherwise. Plus the unlimited servings ensured that no one left hungry. They only serve vegetarian food and thankfully this place is open to outsiders.