Thursday, July 28, 2016

Chennai's very own Food Street

Chennai has had its fair share of restaurants, coffee shops , dessert places and lounge bars. However, one thing it always lacked was a food street area where all food outlets converged together to provide a complete food experience. One would argue that all the malls had food courts which had plenty of options that ranged from Biryani to Pizza to Juice Shops. But almost every outlet in this food court was very overpriced and not affordable to many. The taste also wasn't authentic to say the least and the experience was equally bad . It mostly turned out to be a once in a blue moon visit to these places and never really a happening place

So when I got to know about a new place that opened up called "OMR Food Street", I was pretty much excited to try it out and revitalize my taste buds .

Location : The location to be precise was in Thoraipakkam, around 2.7  Kms from the first OMR Toll plaza, in the left hand side of the road. With a large board, it was almost impossible to miss and pretty distinct

Restaurant Choices : This happening place has nearly 20 food outlets , each offering a totally different cuisine and food option. Rest assured, this is one such place that caters to the entire family across all age groups.



Some of the top restaurants include : Ajnabi , Mexi-Khana ,Stuf-fed,  MilkyWay(Ice Cream), Wrapaholics, Ar-Rab, Cake Park among other things

You can probably check out the detailed list from their site : http://www.omrfoodstreet.com/

From the name itself you may have guessed that this place offers more than 5-6 different types of cuisines including South Indian, North Indian, Mexican, Organic,Arabian and other Continental dishes .

MexiKhana


Mexikhana - OMR Food Street Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
 Being a huge fan of Mexican food, my first choice was to try out the
 Mexi-Khana restaurant. Situated on the first floor , this small joint had a bunch of interesting items like Tacos, Nachos, Paneer Burritos , Veg Quesadilla Platters etc. To order a safe option, I chose the Paneer Taco. Within few minutes, my order was ready and to make it even better they wrote my name on top of the Taco with white Mayo sauce and that added to the overall experience. The taco was priced at 75rs ( incl of taxes) and this to me was really well priced , given that most mexican restaurants in town charge 175+ for tacos and burritos.  On the taste side, I felt it could have been slight better and the stuffing could have been improved.  On the whole , I'd rate it at   3.5/5

Stuf-Fed

Stuf-fed - OMR Food Street Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

After having the Mexican food, I was craving for some good North Indian  food. So I headed straight to the Stuf-fed Restaurant. This joint specialized in Paranthas and Chole Baturas. Straightaway ordered my evertime favourite Chole Batura ( priced at 100). Once again the preparation time was just 5 mins and two pieces of crispy Baturas with piping hot chole was given. The taste seemed very authentic and definitely consider it to be a value for money




New Town


New Town - OMR Food Street Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Right below this, I was quite surprised to find a small branch of the famous New  Town Restaurant. Having a limited menu , they still served some interesting dishes. Those included Nasi Goreng (you can get them here for as little as 65) , Roti Rolls, Paneer Tikkas among other stuffs



The Finale :

I finished off my meal with a masala soda at the Soda Hub, a wonderful Chocolate truffle cake at  Cake Park followed by a Black Currant Softy at Milky Way ice creams. All 3 were excellent and I have to admit, I couldn't have had a much better variety of desserts even in the most premium food courts ( though technically I shouldn't be including the Soda part in the dessert section of my review)

       
                

The Positives

To summarize, I'd rate this overall concept 5/5 for successful execution, good variety of cuisines and at the same time keeping the prices to a very minimum and more importantly maintaining a good quality overall. Thankfully they dont demand to have a central food card like food courts (Which can be a huge pain sometimes, having to recharge everytime you need to order something).

Things that can improve :

More organized parking space for both 2 wheelers and 4 wheelers (Car being parked right outside the food counters takes the fun out of the street eating concept).  They can try implementing something like this within the city (finding a spot inside the city can be close to impossible, but if they can pull it off, nothing like that).

I like the variety of choices now, but even more choices for vegetarians is always a welcome thing for everybody. Better Marketing to ensure it reaches to a wider audience and not just restricted to the ones who drive down this road or located nearby.

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