I love the Delhi winters, whatever the people say! Food and cold weather are an awesome combination and Connaught Place which is back on its revival path, has always been a foodie heaven. Ask any Dilliwaalah the value of a Sunny day in the foggy winter months of our city, and you would get a dreamy nod from each one.
An impromptu plan, with the Surya Devta (Sun God) shining brightly on a Saturday afternoon, and our foodies were ready to sample the goodies offered on the streets of the age-old Connaught Place area. This blog tells you a story experienced first-hand by 7 of us and which I wanted to share with my readers.
From the everlasting taste of Wenger’s patties and Shammi kebabs, to the cold milk shake at Keventer’s which almost seems like a ritual after coming out of Wenger’s. Both at the starting point of the CP’s inner circle, the A-block and both outlets have stood the test of time, taste and transition. Nostalgia hits you when you stand outside Wenger’s eating a patty or a kebab. A rocking start to our food exploration walk and our very own Tiger posed with the Milk tanker stationed outside Keventer’s to find out that 1500 litres of milk was supplied only to this particular outlet. After a few Shammi Kebabs and 7 bottles of milkshake we were ready to move with our focus clear.
The Sausages and Chicken Lollypop at Khubchand and Bros., which is a hidden gem and not many people notice this food-mine even while passing through it, did get us in the mood to walk further and explore more such offbeat eateries. Another time tested place and the regulars swear by the Ham and Sausages of Khubchand. Ready to eat Chicken Lollypops and Chilli Chicken was what we tried standing outside, while enjoying the sun and the sounds of our downtown. Some of our foodies had never heard of this place and it felt truly gratifying to introduce them to this heritage food stop.
Passing innumerable restaurants and food carts with patties and burgers, we reached Rama Meat Pulao (Mutton mixed with rice) on the outer circle at the Minto road intersection. An eatery that has been thronged by office goers and residents of the area for more than 50 years. Mutton cooked throughout the day and served with pulao, though simple, is quite a treat to the Non-veg loving palate which has an extra craving for spice. The owner when realized we were some “special” food lovers gave us a low-down of his eatery and even a special chicken soup mixed with mint chutney to sample. A proud man equally proud of feeding his customers.
Rajma Chawal at Shanker market is another iconic eatery and served with chutney, onions and pappad on top, has become a staple for CP regulars. The quality however I am sad to say has gone down somewhat. Though having relished it so much for the six years my office was in Connaught Place, I wan to believe it was just a bad day for the cook. Will have to try it again to form a verdict.
The eating had started bloating our tummies and we decided on Cold coffee at Depaul’s, Janpath, a rather long walk from the Rajma Chawal guy. Negotiating the radial roads and the CP traffic is quite an expert task and people who do it regularly are warriors in my book. Well, we all did manage to reach Janpath after a few pitstops either to click some pictures or laugh at a joke or just admire the colonial architecture of our city. Well in addition to the cold coffee we did order the famous Keema Kulcha and Paneer Balls to wrap up the walk and our hunger (of course we were hungry again) for CP’s delicacies.
But, we did end up making one more stop at Mallik Sweets behind Regal Cinema for Gulab Jamun, Moong Daal Halwa and Gajar ka Halwa. After all we had to end it on a sweet note. Quite a filling treat and we did burn calories walking for 2 hours and approximately 2.5 kms.
A food walk which satisfied our souls and filled our tummies, but still we would not have explored even 1/10th of CP and missed out on a lot of treats.
The promise to return for more soon stays and at the end, it is just the love for food which matters.