By Ms. Prakriti Bhat
February is a busy month for foodies with several food festivals happening simultaneously around the city. One of these was the Palate Fest which attracted thousands of Delhites with an impressive line-up of restaurants and home chefs/bakers. Organized in Nehru Park, the food festival brings together several cuisines and has something for everyone. People from all walks of life took a break from their daily schedules to gorge on some delicious food at the Palate Fest.
A brainchild of Ruchi Sibal and Aditi Kapoor, the three day culinary extravaganza went on from 10th-12 January and had the visitors spoilt for choice. Bringing together almost 50 stalls, this edition of the Palate Fest also saw discussions, master classes and live music performances by various artists including Euphoria. This edition of the festival was bigger and better than the previous ones and, naturally, gained tremendous success.
Food stalls like Potet and Caara brought in delectable western dishes. Brands like these have been instrumental in changing Delhi’s food scene. Potet came armed with an array of fries from crinkly to plain, and Salsa fries to Sunny side up and Mushroom fries. Caara wowed the visitors with its Pesto Chicken Pizza and French Fries loaded with Chicken, Cheese and Pesto. Big Fat Sandwich had an enchanting menu from which the colossal ‘Bang Me’ Sandwich grabbed eyeballs. A quirky name, it was a burst of flavours inside the mouth with Sriracha and Tofu making it a smooth affair.
For a desi fare, Al Yousuf was the ideal choice, serving authentic Mughlai cuisine. Their Mutton Kebabs were soft and succulent while their Shawarma was perhaps one of the best in town. Patiala Tigers attracted huge crowds for their grilled chicken. Varq by Taj mesmerized foodies with their non vegetarian dishes amongst which Gandheri Chicken, Mutton Seekh Kebab and Beer Battered Fried fish were some of the best. Something as basic as Amritsari Kulche Chhole was made exquisite by their culinary finesse. The dessert, Bulls Eye was the best way to top off such a lavish meal.
The stall by Cravings allowed people to customize their own cupcakes and sold mini doughnuts at an economical rate. Olives from Spain had samplers for Olives tossed in a tantalizing Tandoori dressing which were simply amazing. Kylin doled out an array of Oriental delicacies out of which the wontons tossed in a fiery Sichuan chilli oil which were created by none other than Masterchef India Season 5’s contestant Chef Rohini Theraja Chawla , stood tall and proud. Asian Haus offered a great variety of Sushis and rice bowls to their customers. The Veg Sushi and Salmon Sushi made for a great curtain raiser to the Rice bowls which were loaded with flavors.
Including almost every imaginable cuisine, the fest’s USP lay in the sheer variety of food available and effective management of the stalls. Wide spaces were turned into seating areas with wooden benches where you could just sit and relax over your grub. Having come to an end, grubbers are eagerly waiting for the next edition of Palate Fest to celebrate food from all across the world.