Eating Out in Urban India: Random Choices
In India, food preferences scream out variety; it reflects the country’s incredible diversity. While the majority of Indian households still thrive on the traditional delicacies, the younger generations have come to fall in love with a myriad global cuisines right from Chinese and Thai to French and Italian. However, one delicacy that a large number of western outlets have easily capitalized on all over the country is Pizza. Yes, the most famous export of Italy, the Pizza, with all its dollops of cheese and tenderloin delights is a guilty pleasure that younger Indians often indulge in during their evening outings or to celebrate special occasions with friends and colleagues.
While most of India would still wake up to a cup of steaming tea or coffee with the traditional chapattis, idlis and dosas, we have a large crowd that would prefer to dine like a king at their breakfast table. So comes an egg, a piece of toast, marmalade and cornflakes served with a glass of juice for a wholesome meal. Breakfast preferences are different all over and Indian restaurants have an impressive list of continental options as well.
Of all the seven sins gluttony is the one that is least likely to get you into trouble and at the same it makes you happy to the hilt. The very sight and smell of Biryani would surely make one ecstatic. And one would be surprised with the sheer variety one can experience in the Biryani styles from Mumbai to Kolkata and Delhi to Hyderabad.
For many people residing around the coasts and where rivers are in plenty, fish and rice is an integral part of the culture. Fish has evolved into a culinary specialty, which draws a lot of attention. The delectable Pomfret with one big bone in the middle makes it easier to navigate through to the meaty part of the fish. If you aren’t that much a bone lover then this fish perfect for you. Prawns and crabmeat are also right up in the book for many. No wonder, one would find these in almost every buffet spread throughout the country. It is no surprise people flock to seafood restaurants to devour both these. Prawn curry with the coconut-lace gravy is a personal favourite for many. Other preparations such as the Grilled Prawns are also super delicious. A seafood joint in Mumbai by the name of Fresh Catch in Mahim is famous for their Grilled Ankita Prawns.
There are seafood restaurants dime a dozen in many parts of India, especially in Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai. Mahesh Lunch Home is one of Mumbai’s foremost eating joints which has an array of fish delicacies. In Kolkata, the aptly titled Fish Fish can serve you well if you’re a fish fan. They have a nice blend of continental and Bengali cuisine. Also, if you’re in the mood for experimentation the Fish Fry with mustard sauce in Kolkata is a delicacy. They are found in different sorts of eating joints, be it the roadside one or the established three star or five star ones. Southern India is also well-stocked when it comes to the Piscean variety. In many of Chennai’s beaches, one can easily stumble upon the world of seafood. There’s a wide variety and they come fresh. Be it the Pomfret or even Squid – it’s all there. The Manhattan Fish Market in Chennai is also a big draw.
Trying out different sorts of cuisines is one of life’s pleasures, therefore from seafood we move to Italian cuisine. Italian food in Delhi in India is said to be top notch. There are pizza parlours all over the town, but Italian food it isn’t only about pizza. Spago in Greater Kailash, New Delhi, is a famed Italian joint. Their menu is studded with everything Italian. If you’re a chicken lover, savour the Valdostana which is a grilled chicken breast with ham. Vegetarians need not be disappointed either as they have a plenty of veggie options too. The Risotto is highly recommended. A couple of other highly recommended Italian joints in New Delhi are Sbarro in Connaught Place and Fresc Co in Janpath, where you will never run out of options.
Good food makes some contented, some delirious. Food also provides insight into loads of cultures the world over; therefore, if you want to know more about the world you got to explore all sorts of eateries and give a whirl to your taste buds. Bon Appétit!