OLD DELHI FOOD FESTIVAL – DILLI 6
Indian cuisine displays the genius of our culture and our people. The culinary and cultural heritage of India illustrates the harmonious blending of diverse influences over the centuries. Delhi, the imperial capital for many dynasties, has drawn talent in diverse fields to seek their fortune here. The result was the city became a unique merger of multi cultures and cuisines. Its cuisine incorporated the best of Hindu-Rajput, Baniya and Kayasthas well as the Afghani, Persian and Mughal influences.
Delhi has a vibrant tradition of snacks and street foods, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian and it truly is the gastronomical capital of India. The best place to have some amazing street food is Old Delhi, the famous paranthewali gali and the lanes of Dilli 6. Each lane in Purani Dilli has its own range of cuisines.
The Radisson Blu, Paschim Vihar tried to create and bring in a similar environment of food and culture at their all day dining restaurant, Level 2.
On offer are the famous street delicacies of Dilli 6 – Makhana chaat, Dahi Bhalla , Gol Gappas, Moong Vadas, Lassis, Chai, Aloo ki Tikki, Papdi matar, Parathas, Tawa Chicken with paranthas, Moong Daal Ka Halwa etc.
The ambience is nice with live counters serving the dishes. Cutting chaicounter, is made on the Pushcart (Thela)….Charpoys lay on the floor, olden glass jars filled with Milk Rusks, Biscuits and Mathhis. The Big Tawas were being used for making tikkis and paranthas. The Big Copper dish at the Matar Kulcha counter reminded of the roadside Kulche chhole wala.
The Sweet lassi was very thick and tasty. I loved the Makhana chaat as, I had never tried it before. The texture of makhana was very soft with a little bite. The Tikki (aloo) was served with tangy chutneys which was again too good. The Paranthas (stuffed) were not very well made as per me. The stuffing was too less and lacked seasoning. The matar mathri was very nice as the boiled matar mix was made very nicely using a bunch of spices and masalas. I could taste the awesome Chai (tea) as the counter got closed down (lunch timings over), as we reached a bit late, thanks to Delhi traffic.
Only non veg dish I could find was the Tawa chicken, which was just ok. My recommendation to them is to increase the number of Nin veg dishes too, as Dilli 6 especially the Jama Masjid area is world famous for its mughlai delicacies. The non veg cuisine also forms an integral part of the Dilli 6 culture.
Overall, a very well curated concept. Next time, we would expect more things to come and for that we will be waiting eagerly.
This Dilli 6 fare is part of the regular buffet at LEVEL 2 , running till 30th August.
Timings : 12:30 – 3 pm for Lunch
7:30- 11 pm for Dinner
Venue- Level-2, Radisson Blu, New Delhi Paschim Vihar
Price : Lunch Buffet @ Rs. 999+ Taxes
Dinner Buffet @ Rs. 1250+ Taxes
Review and Coverage : Vickrham (vicky) TWCI – The Writers Collective of India
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