Imagine squeezing your way through the crowded lanes in Chandni Chowk or Jama Masjid in Delhi- the aromas of freshly made samosa, the kebabs, hot paranthas wafting in the air and then there are the vendors selling nimbu pani, shikanji , thick creamy lassi or even the kulfi in a matka to those who stop for something to give em the energy to go further.. Infact during my recent trip to Delhi I did visit Chandni Chowk and we had a blast... [Have written about them here and here]
All this and more is what we got at the Delhi Street Food festival at Buzz in The Gateway Hotel IT Expressway.. The only difference is you get to taste all the yumminess of street food in a beautiful ambiance with good cutlery and of course cooked in a hygienic surrounding [But then, I do agree that the charm of eating along the street side is something else].. With Navratri around the corner, Delhi and the food is something I always think about [ the food at Ramleela event on the last day is just mind blowing]
So, as part of this festival, the spread at Buzz was outstanding. They had flown down a Chef from their property up North and the food was absolutely amazing. I also got to meet their in house Chef Meril who explained how the whole thing came about. We got to try Rahul ka anda, Gupta ke Burger, Bishan swaroop chaat[fruit chaat] and so much more that beautiful evening.
The evening opened with the two divine drinks-
Angoor Sherbet & Malai Lassi- Loved the Angoor drink, it was grapes with subtle blend of spices [ mint, jeera, black salt]. The Lassi was thick and perfect.
Samosa Chaat - the filling was so different from what we usually get, loved it
Palak Kachori with Subzi- this was my favourite- loved the kachori
Bishan swaroop chaat (fruit chaat) - this was humble papaya with boondi and chaat masala on top
Aloo tikki - served with a spoonful of channa masala the tikki was soft , crisp and hot.
Golgappe (served with variety of flavored water)
Potato Bajji - the familiar bhaji was served hot , which makes it that much more enjoyable.
Kadi Chawal - loved it, was the perfect comfort food..
Gupta Burger counter - a different version of vada paav, the bun was crisp and the patty nice and soft.
Rahul Anda counter- this was basically toast with egg on top
Appetizers from onsite Live stations
Paranthe counter - Mooli, Aloo , onions - oh this took me back to the Paranthe wali galli and these were sinfully yumm with a dollop of curd.
Amritsari kulcha with chole - it had masala in filling and generous spread of ajwain on top
Chole Bhature- the Bhature was just so soft, i couldn't resist having a few bites with the gravies..
Roti and Plain rice are available with the gravies-
Bharwan Tinda Masala, Chui mui kofta & Dal Sultani [there were two kinds of biryanis and few sides for the Non vegetarians]
Rabdi Falooda / Jalebi / Teel wali Kulfi / Phirni
There was barely any space, we were all comatose with the bites I had greedily had over the course of the evening. But managed to make some space to try the desserts.Loved the kulfi and falooda. The jalebi was tad too sweet for me.
This Buffet Dinner is priced at Rs. 1200 plus taxes [works out to about Rs1470 per pax] . If you have wine/alcohol, the rates will differ. This festival is on till the 30th, so if you have fond memories of Delhi Street food or have been craving any of these, do a reservation and head over there right away.. It is well worth the drive..
Phone: 044 6680 2500
The reviews posted on this blog are based on my personal experience. Also remember that restaurants and eat outs sometimes change with time, so does their food and service. So, kindly consider these factors while visiting the places. Remember, no two palates are the same. Bon Appétit :-)