We visited The Grub Fest (23-25 October 2015) on a Sunday afternoon that happened to be the last day. The organisers had assembled popular eateries, food, drinks, and some live performances under a single event. In fact, we saw the popular comedian Vir Das performing and singing as well! Given the myriad eating options, we tried bits of a lot of things and liked whatever we had.
We visited the daylong street food festival Zaika-E-Dilli at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri where the organisers Thelewala brought together brought an assortment of street food mostly from Old Delhi. Consequently, got to have some simple but hidden pleasures like the fruit kuliey and the Rabri waali Kulfi in Rose flavour. While there is room for more variety, this was a great starting initiative by the Thelewala.
The Potbelly is a restaurant serving Bihari cuisine in their outlets at Shahpur Jat and Bihar Bhavan in Chanakyapuri. The Chanakyapuri outlet opens out to a lawn and greets one with pleasant artistic décor. They take Bihari cuisine out of the litti-chokha zone and the stylised cooking alongwith the aesthetic plating makes a visit to this place a fine dining experience . But without burning a hole in one’s pocket.
Delhi NCR foodies have a reason to rejoice. A number of food festivals are happening in Delhi Gurgaon back to back and the festivals have a lot to offer more than just food. The organisers have included live performances, games, music etc along with already promised gastronomical delight that is provided by several restaurants, new start ups and theme based food joints.
QD’s Restaurant at South Campus is a popular food joint. Their most celebrated dish perhaps is the tandoori momos. These are grilled dumplings with chicken / vegetable filling. The filling is spicy and the dish should be had hot. Try this if you are up for experimenting with food.
The Maharashtra Food Stall at Dilli Haat (INA) is one of the most popular state food stalls. They serve a variety of snack, meal and sweet dishes. The snack and the meals are high on the chilly factor. However their Puran Poli is something to die for.
A zomato meetup invite for Pakistani food festival Daawat-e-Maghrib at Singh Saheb, Hotel Eros gave us an opportunity to taste authentic cuisine from Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Lahore and Multan. The cuisine was familiar yet different. Just like how a neighbours food taste different even if they use the same ingredients.
The next Grub Fest would be held during 23-25 October at Ambience lawns, Gurgaon. During the recent curtain raiser, we are told that the focus would be on food from various states of India. Additionally they have a variety of entertainment programmes lined up for the visitors.