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Food on track


NOW YOU can head for New Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin not only to take a look at the famous Sufi shrine, or Humayun's tomb, to hear the poetry of the legendary Amir Khusro as qawwalis or to board a train, but also to have a bite at a 24-hour eating place. It may have a bizarre name yet the advantage of dining at Comesum - a multi-cuisine restaurant - is that you get to savour not just Nahari Gosht and other mouth-watering Mughlai dishes but a wide range of international cuisine as well.

Dishes from companies like Haldiram, Pizza Corner and Nescafe are also available. The pricing has been done with the middle class in mind.

For starters there are salads, chats. Then there is a wide assortment of South Indian dishes. There is an elaborate tandoori menu, and for those with a preference for fast food there are plenty of Combo meals to choose from.

Adjacent to the Hazrat Nizamuddin station, the entrance to Comesum is not from inside the premises. Spic and span, this modern restaurant has been given the go-ahead certificate from the rail authorities in order to give rail passengers a better option than the monotonous fare sold at the station. And this is also a part of the plan to convert Nizamuddin station into one of the most attractive stations.

Since the Indian Railways Tourism Corporation, (IRTC), has given the contract a conscious effort has been made to keep prices of the dishes affordable even while not compromising with taste or quality.

Says S. Aggarwal of R.K. Group, "For four generations we have been in the business of rail catering. We are an ISO-9002 company. Besides being responsible for catering inside the Lucknow Shatabdi and Chennai Rajdhani, we plan to open more branches of Comesum. We plan to involve local players like Panchi Pethewala in Agra and MTR in Bangalore."

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