We are spoilt by choice, terribly spoilt and what can be better than a wide variety of street food from across the world, all being plated on a sweet winter night,within a great ambience? Hiatus located in Qutub Hotel, Qutub Institutional Area is ‘not exactly new but not really old’ place that stirs up some great Italian and continental food.
The street food festival was a strict 3 day long event; the place was crowded almost all these three days. The place boasted beautiful interior seating and an even better outside area. The weather was mildly cold, apt for outside seating, plus it gave me a view of all the live stations where my food was being cooked one by one.
I started my order with Paye Ka Shorba which was once a very home-oriented dish and is now the center of attraction at most of the finest places in town. The soup was mild, soothing and nostalgic to me as it got me back to the age of around 5 when I was fed this every other day as a health drink. Next in line were the staple snacks of Englishmen I.e. fish & chips served on a newspaper with tartar on side. There is hardly any wrong way to go in a simple deep-frying.
Then came Dal-Bati and Churma, the standard food of Rajasthani/Marwadi people – delightfully good and great tasting. The showstopper to me was the Pomelo Seafood Salad, where Pomelo-a great tasting citrus fruit – can be credited for the birth of modern day grapefruit; imagine the best of both worlds where a nice, juicy and ripe citrus fruit rolls with the finest of sea food to tickle your taste buds. There simply cannot be anything more refreshing and better tasting than this.
Moving forward to the bigger section, I ordered the steamed Popiah Fish, which is a popular Malaysian street style food where an extra thin pancake wraps a steamed fish, which is almost null spiced in nature. This would be one of the healthiest and most balanced street food catches one could imagine.For the main course, it was Sri-Lankan Devilled Chicken with Egg Hopper – I guess what looks good tastes good too.
The PLF for the place was 1500 for 2 for the festival which otherwise is 3000 for 2. The place can be contacted on (011)33105653 and the suggested orders are Paye ka Shorba, Seafood Pomelo Salad and Steamed Popiah Fish.