As intrepid traveller and foodie Anthony Bourdain of the No Reservations fame once remarked, “Street food is the best of a country – and strangely, much safer for you than the spaghetti bolognese at the Hilton.”
Tucked away on one end of the road is VB Bakery, that is something of an institution in the locality and famous for its assorted breads, rusks and other baked products. It is particularly known for its congress buns with peanuts and butter stuffing, and dumroot halwa (pumpkin halwa).
On the other end of the street is Dev Sagar where a man expertly prepares the bhaji undeterred by the waiting audience. The owner Om Prakash Agarwal recommends pav bhaji, Raj kachorie and rasgolla chaat. There is also the Gujarati dabeli, malapua (pancakes), chiroti/ pheni, and an array of Bengali sweets – many of which are traditionally served at weddings.
Right opposite is the Vasavi Dosa Camp that serves up more than just dosas. Madesh has been here for over fifteen years now and spends the day preparing the batter for dosas and idlis, chutneys, and the dough and filling for obattu (a sweet flatbread also known as holige and puran poli).
The food street is open for business from 6pm to 11pm.
By Anuradha Prasad/ Raintree Media Features/ www.raintreemedia.com