Chandu ke Chacha ne, Chandu ki Chachi ko, Chandni Raat mein, Chandni Chowk pe Chandi ke Chammach se Chutney Chatai, is an old “Family, Romance, Food and Chandni Chowk” tongue twister that we Delhiites have grown up with. Chandni Chowk was and will always remain a gastronome’s delight. The word “chutney” has been as ubiquitous to the street food of Chandni Chowk as its “chatpata” impact on the natives of Delhi.
While something “chatpata” is always welcome, the idea of getting to it after being manhandled in the sweat bursting crowded streets of Chandni Chowk today makes an urbane Delhiite cringe. This is where Crowne Plaza brings Chandni Chowk on a few platters and a couple of “thelas” (an all purpose cart) right next to you. The imposing 5 Star hotel located in Sector 10, Rohini, New Delhi is celebrating the Chandni Chowk to Rohini food festival with a super line-up of lip smacking goodies of Chandni Chowk.
We paid Crowne Plaza, Rohini a visit over the weekend and received a super “chatpata” treatment. We parked ourselves at Mosaic – the all day dining restaurant and were joined by Reshu Arora, Marketing Manager, who briefed us about the hotel as well as the food festival.
The restaurant interiors were nattily done in a typical “Purani Dilli” theme with a cycle rickshaw, thellas, an old water dispensing cart (Paani Ka Glass 1 Rupee). Adorning the walls and pillars were big colourful kites and old Hindi movie posters with loud titles and various actors gaping out of them. Surprisingly, we found the lobby music to be usual. Soft Kishore and Rafi melodies or even Indian classical music in the background could have added to the aesthetical experience. For dinner they are even showing old classics of Hindi Cinema like Sholay.
We started our exploration with a round of drinks consisting of Vada Kanji, Jal Jeera and Aam panna and then moved to a round of Gol gappas. The palate and the mind by now had automatically tuned up with the spice filled lanes of Chandni Chowk. This was complemented with an array of servings like Masala Banta, Raj Kachori, Mutter Kulcha that started appearing on the table. The stuff was indeed quite close to the original fare. That the Chefs at the hotel had trained with seasoned professionals from Chandni Chowk to get the perfect taste was fairly evident.
For the main course, we moved on to the buffet and selected Keema Kaleji (liver in mutton mince) & Chicken Changezi accompanied with some Tala Hua (almost deep fried) Paranthas. I especially liked the delicately filled Keema Parantha though found the chicken liver to be a tad dry. The great part of the festival is that you are not restricted to just Chandni Chowk food. If you are craving for something more the rest of the buffet with a mix of Pan Asian and Continental dishes is open too.
If you are weight conscious, remember that the Indian desserts counter can load you up quite a few calories. The enticing menu included Imarti, Phirni, Dhodha, Besan ki Burfee, Badam and Moong Dal ka Halwa, Rabri Faluda, and Phirni. I found gur and shakkar paras to be a pleasant surprise and reminded me instantly of my grandmother who always had these available at home. If all that has made you full already, you may finally settle your stomach with a fresh mint flavoured “Chuski” (Indian Ice Lolly).
The fun doesn’t end at the movies and food. In the evenings you can also get your palms mehendified, your hair gajrafied and call it a close after a top up with a delicious “Paan” (a beetle leaf wrap with stuff in it).
The festival will be on till the 22nd July 2012 at Mosaic, the all day dining restaurant, so head there today and get your “Chandni Chowk” fix without having to go there.
Meal for Two: Rs2500 | Lunch buffet: 1099 ++ Taxes / Dinner buffet: 1299 ++ | Alcohol: Yes | Credit Card: Yes | Timing: Lunch – 12noon – 3:30PM / Dinner: 7PM – 11.30PM
Address: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sector 10, Rohini, Delhi | Phone: 011-44884470
– Sumit Malhotra