Eat Street lives up to its name. With 14 food stalls,and a buzzing ambiance, it’s a fun stopover
Eat Street, a new food address in Koramangala, is a sight to behold in the evenings. Fairy lights flanking the 15,000 sq ft property, and the big, bright yellow signage catches your attention right away. And the decor brings a smile. An auto installation at the entrance has unintentionally become a photo booth of sorts. A little further, stands a wall of carpet grass, with water cascading down the matkas fixed on it. Kitchen utensils suspended as downlights complete the picture of this ‘upscale dhabha’. They must add a few charpais!The plan is to turn it into a food-cum-cultural space, where people can watch matches, or attend gigs, comedy shows, and karaokes in its little amphitheater. The floor above will host a gift shop, and even yoga classes. There is a separate room for hookah. They are also preparing a pet-friendly dining corner.
Hot and fresh
The Street has lined up 14 food stalls, serving Indian (from Punjabi thalis, Delhi’s famous golgappas, and chaats, to Andhra biryanis), Chinese, Middle-Eastern, and American cuisines. The menu is a mix of regular desi street food specials, pizzas, hot dogs, shawarmas , shahi paneer rolls, Irani chai, lassi, and thirst-quenchers. And if you’re worried about being too loud, worry not, for a board announces their one golden rule, ‘No silence’. The magic of this place is in its buzzing ambiance. While a few of them are old names in the city’s foodscape, including Punjabi Rasoi (North Indian fare), Shangai Times (Chinese), Biggies (for burgers), and Chaai Resto (tea, coffee, and turmeric milk!), they have quit a few debutants too.We started with Chaat Street. They offer golgappas in two varieties, one made from wheat, and the other from semolina; the latter is crunchier. While they are not the “best”, they are far from disappointing.
Aloo tikki chaat, though, is spot-on. With soft potato patties, chilli-coriander chutney, and a generous garnishing of carrots, and pomegranate, it is a typical Delhi fare. Parked close to it is Mr Meow’s, which sells hot dogs. The Mediterranean one packs in tomato ketchup, mayo, jalapeno, capsicum, black olives, and cheese. They have options for bacon lovers, and kids as well (The Lays-ee Dog).Viviani Pizzeria rustles up pizzas (try the Sicilian style), nachos, and mushroom, chicken, prawn, and crab appetisers. For a few weeks, they are also offering complimentary manchow soup, from their offshoot Soupwala, on every order.For the main course, a visit to Paratha Singh is recommended. The chef, we’re told, hails from Delhi’s famous Paranthe Wali Gali, and dishes out 10 variants of parathas, and choley bhatura. We settled for the good ol’ aloo paratha, served with butter, pickles, and raita. It sure lives up to its hype. Another option is Kaaram, which serves Andhra biryanis (mushroom/paneer/chicken/mutton), Hyderabad chicken masala, Guntur chicken, Rayalaseema chicken, and even quail. Strictly for those who like their food super spicy. We wound up the evening with mango-pineapple yogurt from Yogurt World, a new outlet by Punjabi Rasoi. They blend the fruits, and yogurt in front of you. We liked the smooth texture of our dessert.The next time you are driving past Koramangala, drop by Eat Street for a taste of diverse flavours.`20 upwards. At Koramangala. Details:42296566
— Barkha Kumari