Straight from the street
FOR THOSE who have not savoured food off the street, Cilantro at Le Royal Meridien is organising a food fest titled The Hawker's Street, which is on for dinner only. As soon as you enter the street, you get a welcome tea or coffee along with a bite of butter biscuit from the typical tea shop. The aroma of roadside food will draw you to the rows of brown, crisp, fried goodies - molaga bajji, vengaya bajji and urulai kizhangu bajji. You can also spot bhel puri, pani puri, pav baaji and butta - a whiff of North India. Chinese fried rice will beckon you from a corner or if you have a taste for kebabs, then there is a mouth-watering variety to choose from. There are other street snacks too such as aloo tikki, kuzhi paniyaram, kachori, omelette, chole, kheema mutter, pakora and kothu paratha.
All you have to do is catch the hawker's attention and indicate the dish of your choice. Most of the time, the stand will have a selection of sauces to dip your snack in, but watch out, some of them can be really hot! Spicy rasam, attukal soup, kara kozhambu, meen kozhambu, attukal soup... if you find these too hot, you can get the spices toned down to suit your requirement.
There are desserts too... jelebis, gulab jamun, pal khova, rasagolla, inippu paniaram, payasam and fresh fruit. For reservations, call 22314343, extn. 52.
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